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Tony Parker on the Spurs: It’s now or never

Sep 30, 2010, 1:06 PM EDT

NBA_Parker.jpgTony Parker is in the last year of his contract. He may come back to the Spurs, he may move on, it’s going to be about money and years and discussions that will not seriously take place until next summer.

Before then, Parker wants one more ring. He told KTKR  in San Antonio that the Spurs can do it — but they have to do it now. This year.

It’s a long season and Timmy’s [Duncan] like 34, going to be 35. That’s why I felt like this is our last chance to win a championship. When Timmy’s gone, then it’s going to be really tough…

“I think we’re more hungry. And I think everybody’s rested. I didn’t play with the national team. Manu didn’t play, [Tim Duncan] didn’t play. And I think we have a better bench and I think our young guys, they’re pretty good. Tiago Splitter is ready to play. He won everything in Europe and he’s coming here a little bit like Manu when he first came, with all the experience. I like the balance of our team. I like our chances, but 10 other teams say the same thing.”

The Spurs are going to be good, probably better than last year. But there is Dallas and Houston and Portland and Oklahoma City all right there, too. And ever one of them is still chasing the Lakers.

That’s a tough road for the Spurs, no matter how hungry and rested they are.

  1. McDaddy - Sep 30, 2010 at 2:04 PM

    If the Spurs can stay injury free, Duncan has one more good
    year left, and Splitter plays well, then the Spurs are going to be
    tough. Good enough to beat the Lakers? Probably not. That would
    be nice though. Good luck to San Antonio! If anyone can pull off
    beating Phil Jackson, Kobe and company in the West – it is ol’
    Pop.

  2. ocgunslinger - Sep 30, 2010 at 2:14 PM

    I agree that you do not discount or ignore the Spurs. I doubt they can beat the Lakers but if the Lakers have injuries then it is anybody’s ball game.

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