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Tony Parker says Spurs no longer playing for a title

May 19, 2011, 1:48 PM EST

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It’s over.

It’s not just us saying that the championship era of the San Antonio Spurs has come to an end, it’s now the Spurs themselves.

Tony Parker was interviewed by French sports paper L’Equipe, translated by the official FIBA website (via the amazing Tom Ziller), and he was frank about the future of this Spurs roster.

“At the start of the season I said this was our last chance,” he said. “Tim (Duncan) and Gino (Manu Ginobili) are getting old. It’s going to be tough to regenerate ourselves.

“We will always have a good team but we can no longer say that we’re playing for a championship.”

Parker talks about the frustration and disappointment of the season’s ending, having a great regular season (top seed in the West) that came crashing down in the playoffs. The fixes needed to make the Spurs contenders again are not simple tweaks or Gregg Popovich forcing the team focus back to defense. The changes to the roster will be deeper.

On another note, Parker said he will play for France this summer in EuroBasket, with Olympic bids on the line.

But he also discusses the big issue with NBA players in that and other international tournaments this summer — the lockout and insurance.

“If there is a lockout, the NBA won’t pay their part for the players’ insurances (to play at the EuroBasket, FIBA Americas Championship, Afrobasket, FIBA Oceania Championship),” he warned.

“So that’s going to create a huge problem. There have already been some meetings and we will see what happens. We will see what Patrick Beesley (France national team director) and his team get out of it. We will have to see with Boris (Diaw) and Joakim (Noah) if we can get together and find a common accord. We’ll see.”

It’s over.

It’s not just us saying that the championship era of the San Antonio Spurs has come to an end, it’s now the Spurs themselves.

Tony Parker was interviewed by French sports paper L’Equipe, translated by the official FIBA website (h/t to the stud that is Tom Ziller), and Parker was frank about the future of this roster of the Spurs.

“At the start of the season I said this was our last chance,” he said. “Tim (Duncan) and Gino (Manu Ginobili) are getting old. It’s going to be tough to regenerate ourselves.

“We will always have a good team but we can no longer say that we’re playing for a championship.”

Parker talks about the frustration and disappointment of the season’s ending, having a great regular season (top seed in the West) that came crashing down in the playoffs. The fixes needed to make the Spurs contenders again are not simple tweaks or Gregg Popovich forcing the team focus back to defense. The changes to the roster will be deeper.

On another note, Parker said he will play for France this summer in EuroBasket, with Olympic bids on the line.

But he also discusses the big issue with NBA players in that and other international tournaments this summer — the lockout and insurance.

“If there is a lockout, the NBA won’t pay their part for the players’ insurances (to play at the EuroBasket, FIBA Americas Championship, Afrobasket, FIBA Oceania Championship),” he warned.

“So that’s going to create a huge problem. There have already been some meetings and we will see what happens. We will see what Patrick Beesley (France national team director) and his team get out of it. We will have to see with Boris (Diaw) and Joakim (Noah) if we can get together and find a common accord. We’ll see.”

  1. mondzy805 - May 19, 2011 at 2:02 PM

    They had a great run. Time to rebuild over their.

  2. edmazeing1 - May 19, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Go Spurs 2011/2012!!!

  3. redbear18 - May 19, 2011 at 5:41 PM

    Why’d they post the story twice?

  4. snoopy2014 - May 19, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    Whoa, is it just me, or is half this article duplicated? That’s kinda hard to miss.

  5. andrejohnsonforpresident - May 19, 2011 at 5:58 PM

    haha the title of this article made me think of herm edwards. WE PLAY TO WIN THE GAME!

  6. ocgunslinger - May 19, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    Great management that always seems to obtain the right players with the right chemistry. They will be contenders and back in the playoffs where it only takes 4 out of 7 wins to move you on and anything can happen. The Lakers will just be a couple of years behind them.

  7. passerby23 - May 19, 2011 at 7:57 PM

    Even great management like the Spurs can’t fix this one. You’ve got three aging stars who are locked in. Tim Duncan has been reduced to a respectable role player. Moving him doesn’t make much sense even if someone would take him. There isn’t much cap flexibility, they are undersized, unathletic, and on top of that, other teams in the West like the Thunder and Grizzlies have gotten better. The run is done. Start the rebuilding process.

    • philtration - May 20, 2011 at 9:35 AM

      Yep.
      They are in the same boat as the Celtics.
      The younger teams in the conference have taken over and it is time to face the facts.

      The Spurs did very well but you can’t keep looking back.

  8. dwighthowardisamazing - May 19, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    it’s ok spurs. like parker said, they will always be a good team. just some tweaks and they can be a contender again.

  9. volcom2143 - May 19, 2011 at 9:26 PM

    Hmmm new York Knicks next year for Parker ???

  10. bittersonicsfan - May 20, 2011 at 5:28 AM

    It’ll be weird for the Spurs to be just good instead of great. It’s sad to see them fall, but what a run!

  11. killerbones - May 10, 2012 at 4:21 PM

    The Spurs just swept the Jazz. Why is this is written like the Spurs lost the series and have no hope? It’s like someone pulled the article out of the 2011 trash.

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