- Created on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 14:37
- Last Updated on Tuesday, 27 August 2013 21:59
- Written by David Rountree
The NBA season is about two months away from starting and Spurs’ star Tony Parker is accumulating a few nagging injuries overseas. Playing with his national team of France, Parker has once sprained his ankle and tweaked his knee twice. None of the injuries have been serious but the Spurs organization would love to see their star rest nevertheless.
Parker still plans to resume play for his national team, but he needs to be careful not to jeopardize his health. This upcoming Spurs’ season is very important, the Spurs’ window for a fifth championship is closing, and they can’t afford to deal with many nagging injuries next season. Especially seeing how tougher the Western Conference has gotten with the Rockets signing Dwight Howard and the Golden State Warriors signing Andre Iguodala.
Tony Parker will once again be counted upon to put up MVP-like performances and will need to even improve upon previous years. The Spurs need him to be more versatile on the offensive end. They need him to be able to score despite being defended by bigger defender, which seems to be his biggest weakness.
Parker could also benefit from stretching out his shooting range to beyond the three-point line. His three-point shooting was once looked upon as being an unnecessary trait but now it is a much needed skill. The Spurs need someone they can rely on when their three-point specialists let them down—like they did in the NBA Finals. The Spurs need Parker to be able to score from almost any position on the court.
Coach Gregg Popovich once again will monitor the star’s minutes well but he doesn’t need Parker to make the job harder than it already is. It is Parker’s responsibility to put the team that is paying him millions first on his list of priorities. He doesn’t have to neglect his national team but he does need to know when to call it quits after an injury.