Monday, July 27th, 2009 at 9:00 am  |  42 responses

Tony Parker, Injured

by Marcel Mutoni

It is times like these when one begins to understand the reasons behind Gregg Popovich occasionally sporting a beard befitting a man quietly assembling bombs in a log cabin somewhere.

The stress involved with having to watch two of his three stars partake in international hoops annually – where they at times suffer catastrophic injuries – would be enough to drive anyone a little batty.

The good news for Popovich and the rest of the San Antonio Spurs organization, is that Tony Parker’s injury, according to TP, is considered to be relatively minor. The Express-News reports:

According to French sports newspaper L’Equipe, Parker left the game on a crutch after 12 minutes with a sharp pain in his right thigh after colliding with Austria’s Stjepan Stazic. Though that injury soon subsided, Parker’s right ankle became swollen. By Saturday morning, it was clear the ankle was the greater issue.

In a statement released by the French Basketball Federation, Parker said that the collision caused “a blow to my thigh, and my ankle also turned.” Parker described the MRI of his ankle as “reassuring,” calling the injury “a minor sprain, without any ligament damage.”

Parker is expected to be ready when France’s Eurobasket 2009 qualification effort gets back under way on Aug. 5 against Italy in Cagliari.

Here’s to hoping that Popovich is somewhere, with absolutely no access to the news.

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  • http://slamonline.com C-Viz

    these dudes need to chill in the off-season. too much $$ at stake. a rule will definitely be enforced by next year. these guys might as well be playing streetball the way they get hurt every summer

  • Clockwork

    Pop with a beard sorta reminds me of that old Simpsons episode where Burns goes crazy and let’s his hair and nails grow.

  • http://adfji.com Jukai

    Zut Alors!

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    You guys are crazy. Hockey players and soccer players do it every single year. The soccer players even do it DURING their season. NBA would never dare to enforce such a rule against FIBA basketball.

  • PooOnU

    no comment

  • Prison Mike

    Believe it or not, there are NBA players who actually like playing basketball all the time. That is so refreshing.

  • Keith


  • riggs

    Why is grizzly adams coaching the spurs?

  • http://www.mynameinblue.blogspot.com Hisham

    soccer player don’t have 82-game regular seasons + about 10 to 20 playoff games

  • hillbilly

    He’s probably just faking this so he can spend some ‘down time’ with ELP. I know I would…

  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    Well I hope Parker is fine by the start of the season, cause 09-10 season is going to be epic!

  • FrenchKiss

    if Parker doesn’t play with the French team they are going to suck hairy donkey balls.

  • Simmy Sosa

    “It is times like these when one begins to understand the reasons behind Gregg Popovich occasionally sporting a beard befitting a man quietly assembling bombs in a log cabin somewhere.” Too funny…

  • http://www.realcavsfans.com Anton

    Do French big men even bother flopping, or do they just surrender before tip-off?

  • Agent 87

    It’s good to see that some player care for their country and don’t play only for money.
    beside,it’s a lot more challenging to play in the european championship than in summer league.

  • http://nba.com The GoAt

    i swear Tony Parker is from Argentina. lol

  • http://nba.com The GoAt

    i swear Tony Parker is from Argentina.

  • jMiguel10

    this is why yao will never recuperate

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ KOSTAS KOUFOS

    France having to play qualification matches just one month before the games (!!!!) to obtain a ticket to Poland just shows the decline of their team from their 2005 high(second best team in Europe after European champions Greece) and partially the increase of level between the other nations…France has basically the problem that the U.S. had until 2002: the don’t have their very best players available (except Parker and Turiaff) and they are not a coherent group to overcame the luck of superior talent. The U.S ,even without a well prepared team, always managed to be near top cause they could simply overpower teams like Angola, Germany, China etc…France cannot do even this…

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ KOSTAS KOUFOS

    Yesterday was the final of the European championship for players under 20 years old. After finishing second in the world two weeks ago in New Zealand(behind U.S.A) Greece won the gold metal in Europe ,beating France in the final, justifing once again its status as second best after U.S. in the world at the next generation of players…unfortunatelly almost none of our players is worldclass athletically so i don’t know how many of them will be able to help the men’s team in the near future…

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ KOSTAS KOUFOS

    seeing the game (that was really spectacular) i was amased from the athletisism and the overall talent of a France player named Edwin Jackson…the guy is 6-2 and he played like a D.Wade clone(with a much better shouting stroke)…at one moment he was is going for a dunk(not a fast break) and his elbow is clearly over the rim, i mean, i have seen almost every dunking highlight available in the internet for the last 10 years and i was still impressed…then i google him and find out that he was outshined in last years Nike hoop summit by John Wall because he could not match with him athletically!!!! This Wall kid must be superhuman cause Jackson was moving-jumping around like a young A.I. yesterday…

  • http://www.nba.com Pardeep

    Maybe he improved his athletic ability after that year.

  • http://adfji.com Jukai

    Kostas: Walls athletic, but he’s no Rose, so, obviously Edwin Jackson must have upped his game. Unless he has trouble defensively with lateral movemen, being overpowered on the block, etc.

  • Teddy-the-Bear


  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ KOSTAS KOUFOS

    i was going to write that i doubt you being the real Teddy cause you used capital letters but it took me just 2 seconds(to read the whole comment) to calm down since i realised that blasphemy was not commited….i mean, somebody using your legendary nickname and posting for the first time something rational!!! (no matter how hard Eboy tries, you will always be my number 1 !!! I love you!!!) KEEP POSTING!!!!

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ KOSTAS KOUFOS

    i found a link featuring Edwin Jackson in yesterday’s game, unfortunatelly it does not include the dunk attempt…at 0:20 he is heating a three (his 4 out of five, he had at the moment 27 points with 5/5 ft,5/5 2p, 4/5 3p) and he is hitting one more at the end of the game (3:37). The most incredible thing is that the guy had this statistics shooting almost all his shots like those two…..it was freighting….


  • Rusty

    @Hisham, the EPL is a 38 game season, there is also the FA cup which is 14 games to the final, as well the champions league and a few various other league cups I would say a soccer player on a top four EPL team would play close to if not more then 82 games of soccer in a year. Now there is no post season but a soccer game runs for 90 minutes, so i would say a top EPL team spends more time on the field then a top NBA team. Then throw in the much heavier international schedule, and i would say the top soccer stars spend a hell of alot more time on the field then then NBA stars.

  • http://www.manutd.com Z

    I don’t know about overall athletic ability but as far leaping ability goes… Wall is something else.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    like leaping over a brick…

  • chintao

    hillbilly Posted: Jul.27 at 10:50 am ==> It took me a long time to get that the “P” in “ELP “stood for Parker. I was thinking about the last letter in “OPP”.

  • dhowardmagic

    that’s an awesome point and the episode was $pringfield

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ KOSTAS KOUFOS

    @Rusty….:you are explaining the obvious (at least for those who know even the basics of world soccer…). Propably you don’t know our little friend Hisham very well…(making affirmation about things he doesn’t know at all is one of his specialties)

  • FrenchKiss

    I’m disappointed KOSTAS is French. I’m hoping he’s only European.

  • FrenchKiss

    I’m disappointed KOSTAS is French. I’m hoping he’s only European.

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ KOSTAS KOUFOS

    @FrenchKiss…:i’m only white!!!(just ask Eboy…)

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ KOSTAS KOUFOS

    what about Carla though….? is she…European???!!!

  • Agent 87

    Edwin Jackson is a good, promising young player, and may be dominant in a U20 championship, but was still playing in french second league last year and need to progress.
    The greek team is a top 3 team in Europe, but may slip to 5th or less next euro without their major players (papaloukas, diamantidis)

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ KOSTAS KOUFOS

    @Agent87….:i agree(although it would be difficult to be out of the top-5 even without two of the top guards in the world)…my darkhorse for the coming EURO: Slovenia. I can see them even making it to the final,the are really loaded.

  • http://www.myspace.com/weezyleezy337 Weezy F. Leezy

    eva will take good care of him…eva eva eva…

  • http://www.myspace.com/weezyleezy337 Weezy F. Leezy

    jeez kostas enough wit the euroball crap bro. slovenia? edwin jackson? doesnt he pitch for the detroit tigers? lol

  • http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/faculty/jstiglitz/ KOSTAS KOUFOS

    @WEEZY ….:what are the detroit tigers?

  • http://Nationofmillions.ca Ciolkstar

    Rose is not more athletic than Wall. He’s a little bigger and more broad-shouldered, and probably has a better first step but I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen anyone move (especially vertically) the way Wall does.