Tony Parker made his season debut for the San Antonio Spurs. What was his reaction to his performance and stepping onto the court?
On Monday night, for the first time since the 2017 NBA Playoffs, the San Antonio Spurs had Tony Parker accompany them to the basketball court. He tore his quad in Round 2 in May, and proceeded to miss training camp, the preseason and the first 19 games of the regular season.
In Parker’s return game, he played 14 minutes, shooting 3-for-7 from the field for 6 points and 4 assists. Head coach Gregg Popovich gave him the start at point guard, even if it was just to be cheered in the opening intros or to start the game — or returning as the starter for good.
After the game, the Frenchman reacted to his return. Jabari Young of the San Antonio Express-News provided a clip from his post-game time in front of the media, noting his excitement, emotions and waiting for this night to come.
— Jabari Young (@JabariJYoung) November 28, 2017
It was a stepping stone toward Parker getting larger minutes and a bigger role, whenever that may be. Look for things to go one step at a time, while Popovich sorts out his minutes and constructs the new-look rotation.
Speaking of the rotation, Patty Mills moved into his former sixth man role. He played 28 minutes, scoring 12 points and dishing 5 assists. Dejounte Murray slid to third-string point guard, only playing 5 minutes and failing to score. It was the least amount of time he played in the 2017-18 season. As Parker’s minutes increase, it will be interesting to see what happens to the second-year pro.
Wednesday night will be the 35-year-old’s second game back, as the Spurs play the David Fizdale-less Memphis Grizzlies. Game time is 8:30 p.m. ET at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX.