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Parker says the window has closed for the Spurs

Posted on: May 19, 2011 1:33 pm
Tony Parker says Spurs "can no longer say" they are playing for a title. 

Posted by Matt Moore

The Spurs certainly looked throughout the regular season as if they'd still be playing right now. They looked like they had one more glorious run left in them, a last chance to face down the Lakers, overcome and win an NBA title to send their own version of the Big 3 (which has been around a lot longer than the others) off into the sunset in style. It was perfect. And everything came apart, thanks to the very thing that won them so many titles, defense. They couldn't stop the Grizzlies and had to rely on their offense to create. It simply wasn't there.

The Celtics and Lakers have both pledged that this season isn't the end for them, even though they, like the Spurs, are at home watching younger, hungrier teams compete for the gold. Championship caliber experienced teams don't implode, really, they have to be dragged and pried apart with crowbars and heavy equipment.  Except that Tony Parker, in an interview on the FIBA website where he says he will put more and wear tear on his wheels playing for France his summer, went ahead and made it clear he thinks the window is closed. From 

Parker says that age has finally caught up with the Spurs.

"At the start of the season I said this was our last chance," he said.

"Tim 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."
via FRA – Parker: "Lockout or no lockout, I will play for France" | FIBA.COM.

Whether that's a demand on ownership to rebuild the roster to make them contenders or defeatism remains to be seen. But for a guy who the Spurs just gave a huge extension, to, it's got to be concerning to have him shut the door on title contention while Tim Duncan's NBA career is still breathing. An old roster can still win a title, it just has to be surrounded by the right pieces. Richard Jefferson, DeJuan Blair, and Matt Bonner weren't the right pieces. But no matter how bleak the situation, the star point guard, the youngest of your team's Big 3 shouldn't be admitting the run is over in the press. 

I'm sure Coach Popovich is just going to think this kind of attitude is swell. 


Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: May 20, 2011 11:25 pm

Parker says the window has closed for the Spurs

Sorry to double post, but it's lame these playoffs that some of these teams just can't say hey, we tried..the other team beat us,they did these things better than we did, this was the weakness...lets work on it...Instead players like Kobe whine & say it was a waste of a year, or Tony Parker calling his team mates "old"....The Grizzlies did what they do all season, pounded the ball down low...and San Antonio is weak down there.....stop whining, give credit where credit is due instead of laying blame, it's not constructive in any way possible.You need to upgrade over Matt Bonner,Antonio McDyess,a 6'7" Dejuan Blair at center...and an aging Tim Duncan.Like i said already, i just think they need a true center down there, to start..and take some pressure of Duncan, and move blair to PF where he belongs.You can't imagine McDyess being around for much longer...or being able to take on many minutes if he does stick around.

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: May 20, 2011 11:19 pm

Parker says the window has closed for the Spurs

How does that make his team feel? How does this make Duncan & Ginobli feel being called old? Another case where someone should just shut up & keep there opinions to thereselves....George Hill could take over as the starting point guard, as i remember they played pretty well with him back there, trade Parker & get some much needed depth to the roster....They need a big man to play center,and some depth at the guard my opinion anyways.

Since: Nov 30, 2008
Posted on: May 20, 2011 7:06 pm

Parker says the window has closed for the Spurs

Overhyped ! LMAO ! Parker is a pretty good PG and he was known before he married Longoria ! He helped the Spurs to win championships ! I'm not sure what you're smoking !

Since: Aug 7, 2008
Posted on: May 20, 2011 6:43 pm

Parker says the window has closed for the Spurs

Tony Parker is an overhyped and overrated pro basketball player who only became famous when he married the fablous Eva Longoria. When he divorced Longoria he tore her down and spoke bady of her. It looks like Parker wants to end his association with the Spurs by publicly badmouthing the team.

Parker is a selfish player who admits that he will exert more energy playing for France this summer whether he gets permission or not. This implies that he did not "go all out " for the Spurs this season. Seems to me the Spurs need to jettison this cancer quickly before discontent spreads throughout the team. 

Since: Sep 22, 2006
Posted on: May 20, 2011 11:55 am

Parker says the window has closed for the Spurs

Nothing wrong with a little sandbaggin', my friend.  Might light a fire under some of those "pieces", after all.  And the man has a point anyway: it's difficult to portray your team as a serious championship contender when the #8 seed just took you out in the first round.

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