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Tony Parker said if not San Antonio it would have been New York

Jan 3, 2011, 10:33 AM EDT

Manu Ginobili, Tony Parker

Last summer, San Antonio stepped to the plate and worked out a long-term deal to keep Tony Parker a Spur. They made the moves to keep their core together — something questioned by some at the time because why would you keep that past-its-prime core of Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan together?

Because 29-4, that’s why.

But if the Spurs had not stepped up (four years at $12.5 million per), he was in a New York state of mind, Parker told the Spurs Nation blog at the Express-News.

“Right now, I’m very happy with my decision,” Parker said before joining his teammates for the trip to New York that begins a three-game, four-day Eastern Conference road swing. “I always felt the Spurs are my family, and my first option was San Antonio, but if they didn’t want to keep me, New York was definitely my first option.”

You thought his divorce from Eva Longoria got too much play before, imagine if he was a Knick? Still, as good as Raymond Felton has been this season, imagine how much better the Spurs would be with Parker running their show.

  1. leearmon - Jan 3, 2011 at 12:38 PM

    Im not 100% sure that Parker at 4years/12.5 million is as good as Felton at 2years/7mill, especially considering the Knicks future FA hopes. However thats neither here nor there. Obviously the calls of Parker being past his prime last season were a bit premature, and the Spurs, as usual look like geniuses. I am a bit curious to see where this team stands in 3 years. They are going all in for a championship for the next two, and at least right now have to be considered amongst the favorites, but the Parker and Ginobili deals in particular basically take them out of any of the key free agents upcoming in the league. And due to their strong regular seasons they won’t have high draft picks. Although the Spurs’ front office and scouts are the best in the league finding players late in draft, so it may be much ado about nothing.

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