The San Antonio Spurs provided fans gifts before Christmas came about.
‘Tis the season, San Antonio Spurs fans. It’s Sunday, Dec. 24, which means it’s Christmas Eve, with Christmas Day following it. These days are for gift giving, with families and friends exchanging gifts, eating food and celebrating.
Spurs fans received their gifts before this holiday, however, with many satisfying aspects of the 2017-18 season. that included surprises and moments that highlighted the first two months.
So, let’s celebrate Christmas and travel through the five gifts fans already received before the holiday:
5. Tony Parker’s return
The San Antonio Spurs dealt with a flurry of injuries in the 2017-18 season, even just two-plus months in. From Danny Green’s groin to Kyle Anderson’s knee (which looked worse when it happened), these ailments bugged the team’s first 30-plus games.
Before them, there were severer injuries to deal with. It started in May.
Tony Parker tore his hamstring in the second round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs, which removed him from the postseason. At 35-years-old, it put his recovery timetable in question. That included rehabbing during the offseason, missing the preseason and sitting out over one month of this season.
However, in a November game vs. the Dallas Mavericks, Parker returned; he came back earlier than you’d expect someone of his age and experience. While the Spurs don’t have him at an All-Star level (and may never again), he provides a role player presence at point guard, playing between 20-25 minutes and supplementing the work of the stars.
The Frenchman’s early return was the gift in this situation. He could have sat out until January or February. Instead, he’ll be around for the duration of the season and the playoffs, if healthy. It will only help against the tough Western Conference teams, even on older legs, as he eyes another NBA championship.