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Tony Parker understands the Spurs window is closing

Jun 16, 2010, 6:40 PM EDT

NBA_Parker.jpgTony Parker is not playing for France in the FIBA World Championships this summer. He is staying in, chilling with his wife, getting healthy, and working out like mad.

Why? Because it’s now or never for the Spurs and he wants to be ready, Parker told Lang Whitaker of SLAM.

Hopefully we’ll make some tweaks (to the roster) and get better and try to improve our team, because I think next year, realistically, is our last chance to try and make a run at a championship. Timmy’s getting older and he’s the anchor of our team, so I think realistically it’s our last chance with our core, with our team.

Tiago Splitter could be a tweak that would help. A lot. But another tweak that gets mentioned is possibly trading Tony Parker to get another big man (and letting George Hill run the show). Parker is not a fan of that.

Me, hopefully I’ll be in San Antonio next year and then we’ll see what happens.

So to sum up, Parker is going to take the summer off to hang out with his wife Eva Longoria-Parker all summer. And work out. So he can go back to a championship-caliber NBA team next season.

Not a bad life.

  1. Tim - Jun 18, 2010 at 4:34 PM

    I really hope we don’t trade tony. I rather see Hill get traded

  2. RDM_united - Jun 18, 2010 at 8:51 PM

    DONT TRADE TONY PARKER!
    DONT
    TRADE!

  3. frankPR - Jun 18, 2010 at 8:56 PM

    i will like the trade of tony for a big man thats a great idea,,and giving hill the starting position will help him improve a lot…and i think tha the spurs should give the ball more to manu and make him the scorer like in 2005,,tony isnot a good point guard for the half-court type of playing of the spurs

  4. frankPR - Jun 18, 2010 at 8:59 PM

    i will like the trade of tony for a big man thats a great idea,,and giving hill the starting position will help him improve a lot…and i think tha the spurs should give the ball more to manu and make him the scorer like in 2005,,tony isnot a good point guard for the half-court type of playing of the spurs,,but if they get tiago splitter they wont need another big man

  5. Spurs Fan - Jun 19, 2010 at 2:37 AM

    well i dont feel good about trading tony because for me george needs someone to mentor him in his position because he’s still young and might get better with tony with him. As for the “Big Man Hunt”, I think the spurs should make a push for tiago s. without letting one of the Spurs big 3 go.

  6. Myke - Jun 19, 2010 at 3:59 AM

    Tony not going no where if that was the case they wouldnt of signed ginobili to a 3 yr deal . how does it look they keep the older players and let the youngest 1 go.it doesnt make sense however you look at it .Now they can keep jefferson and trade him if things dont work out during the season. cause it is his final year on contract but trading parker would set they back like a decade cause duncan and Ginobili the sun is setting on there careers and im a die heart duncan fan Now if parker can get back to the 20 point player he was 2 yrs ago Duncan is ageless in offence we just need another big man to clogg the middle with duncan and get jefferson to play a lil deffence

  7. DJ - Jun 20, 2010 at 1:23 AM

    I love my Spurs but they need to get bigger. Duncan has been needing some quality help for a while now. I don’t know where they stand with the cap, but they need to consider trying to aquire one of the free agents.

  8. vera - Jun 21, 2010 at 10:42 AM

    we need to get rid of george hill and keep tony. george is not one to make good decisions under pressure and has a long way to go before he will ever come close to Tony Parker’s talent. Tim, Tony and Manu are the main part of the Spurs, George doesnt have enough know how to be anything but a bench player and sometimes not even that.

  9. Armando R - Jun 22, 2010 at 11:48 AM

    Im from S.A. and been a fan since i was a baby, but i think Tony has become inceasingly douchey latley and wants to go hollywood with Eva. Look at George Hill, homeboy is more than ready to take over. I think Tiago will be more of an asset to S.A. than Parker in the long run

  10. aa - Jun 22, 2010 at 6:49 PM

    TRADE HIM…he has not been focused since he got married. We need a big man and some new blood

  11. King Westbrook I - Jun 22, 2010 at 9:24 PM

    Let me start by saying I love this team. They are not getting any younger,and we need to start thinking about life after Tim Duncan(the best power fowerd in nba history). Parker is still a good player even though he has not been 100% as of late. Hill is taller, plays better D, and is a better shoter then parker. Parker is much, much, much faster,and his basketball IQ is higher, but that’s only cause he has played longer. If I were the GM, I would trade parker to New York for Davis Lee, and get a tall SG/SF in draft. Like I said, we need to start thinking about life after Duncan!

  12. carlos gonzalez - Jun 22, 2010 at 10:02 PM

    you peope are crazy tradeing tony parker is not a good idea dont traide him.

  13. Denver - Jun 22, 2010 at 10:36 PM

    You guys need to remember how good Tony Parker really is when healthy. I am torn on if we should trade him or not. Westbrook you are completely wrong if you think Hill is a better Shooter than Parker. A better 3 point shooter and that is it. Parker has one of the best mid range jumpers in the NBA. Not to mention Parker can drive a whole lot better. Neither of these guys are very good passers at all. I was all for trading Parker not long ago, and then I saw how good he was when healthy. He lit up Dallas and looked like the old Tony in the playoffs. He is 27 years old, not young, but in his prime for 3-4 more years. If the Spurs trade Tony they have, Hill, Blair, and possibly Splitter. A pretty good young core, not to mention whoever they take in the draft this year. And who they would get for Parker, possibly the 10th pick from Indiana. Then, you are looking at a very young core, with Duncan and Manu for another couple years. Another title would likely be out of reach for Timmy. Either way, could be good, could be bad. The Spurs have some choices to make, and they are tough ones.

  14. Jeff - Jun 23, 2010 at 2:27 PM

    They need to find another tall player to help out Tim and to eventually replace him. Such as another David Robinson. Tony has been a great player along with Ginobili, but when they go out and do stupid things such as playing in the Olympics or for their home teams in France and Argentina and get injured, it does not help the spurs. I like Parker, and think they should give him a chance to get healthy over the summer. If he does not settle down they can always dump him next year. One problem with him and Manu is that they run at the board and fall down a lot. That is going to cause a lot of wear and tear on them. I think the spurs need to shop Jefferson. He has not worked out well with this team at all. Also, the spurs need some help to go up against the likes of the Lakers and the Suns. The looked terrible against the Suns. It was like they played themselves out against Dallas and were wore out by the time they got to Phoenix. They do need to start looking for younger players to bring up through the ranks.

  15. Jeff - Jun 23, 2010 at 2:30 PM

    By the way, we still have the best fans in the world. Compare the Spurs fans to the Lakers fans. We do not go out, beat up people, burn vehicles and businesses when our guys win a championship. If LA cannot handle winning they should not be allowed to have a team.

  16. michael botelo - Jun 24, 2010 at 10:44 AM

    if we trade tony we will regret it for the rest of our lifes he is a big part of our city and team he was one of the reasons we got 3 more champships under our belts. if we trade tony i know for sure we will not get another ring even tho george hill is a good baller tony is our guy,our point guard the m.v.p.in the finals tony must stay if were gona make one more run cause thats all we got is one more shot at it. so think long and hard cause we wiil regret it.

  17. RAYMOND - Jul 16, 2010 at 1:56 AM

    THE SPURS WOULD BE CRAZY TO TRADE TONY PARKER,HE IS THE KEY TO ANY CHAMPIONSHIP RUN.IF TONY IS SPINNING IN THE LANE AND SUCKING IN THE DEFENSE IT OPENS UP EVERYTHING!WE HAVE TO REMEMBER HE WAS INJURED LAST YEAR,HOPEFULLY HE IS WORKING HARD TO RETURN TO THE ELITE PLAYER HE IS!!!

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