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Tuesday, September 28th, 2010 at 9:30 am  |  11 responses

Tony Parker Says He Wants to Remain a Spur

Despite all of the rumors to the contrary, Parker insists that he’s not looking to bolt town when his deal ends. The local press remains unconvinced, though. From the Express-News: “In a turn of events that some might find surprising after a summer of persistent trade rumors, the once and still Spurs point guard ambled into media day Monday morning and pointedly dismissed talk that he preferred to play anywhere but San Antonio. ‘I feel like I’m a Spur,’ Parker said. ‘I hope Spurs fans know I want to stay here,’ he added. ‘I said that plenty of times. Nobody’s listening to me. They (the media) don’t care. They just want to create stories.’ In the final season of his contract, and coming off the most injury-plagued season of his life, Parker was the subject of what seemed like weekly trade buzz over the summer — most of it emanating from the New York media market. He realizes the rumors aren’t going away until he signs a contract extension. Spurs general manager R.C. Buford remains in constant dialogue with Parker’s agent, but it does not appear an extension will come before the start of the season. Parker — who hopes to command something close to maximum money — understands he still might be traded, or that he could be become a free agent during the potential lockout summer of 2011. He saw how the Spurs handled Manu Ginobili’s extension last season, waiting until April to pull the trigger. Parker says he has sought advice from Ginobili about how handle the contract uncertainty. He emerged from a pre-camp, closed-door meeting with coach Gregg Popovich saying, ‘I’m on the same page with Pop … I understand the business,’ Parker said. ‘I know how it works. I saw what they did with Manu. I respect that. At the end of the day, I want to win. It’s been a long time since we won (a championship). Contracts, money, whatever — it’s going to come.’”

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  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    He said he is going to follow Manu’s example. The only example that Ginobili has ever demonstrated is how to perfect the art of the flop.

  • http://gmail dirty frank

    Is there a Spur who does not want to remain a Spur?

  • JoeMaMa

    @LDR4: The Spurs are a winning team and they play the right way. I’m chalking your comment up to a joke. Because Manu is a freaking wizard on the court. Also, he smacked the sh*t out of a bat for disturbing a game. And that’s all kinds of special.

  • Jumper

    LMAO @ Joemama

    That was an extra kind of gangsta reserved for the most talented of players. His hand eye coordination is amazing. I mean, it sounds like a lie if you were to explain what happened to somebody who didnt know. “Yeah, Manu Ginobli slapped a bat out of the air during a live basketball game and then handed it to officials and continued to play”.

    Side note: I just realized he didnt wash his hands afterwards, thats kinda nasty.

  • Zabba

    He did wash it but not with water. It’s that anti-bacterial crap.

  • http://Myspace Shanoooooo

    Im feeling the Spurs for this season. I see them being the 2nd team out West IF everyone stays healthy. Plus contract years are when players put of career numbers.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    It’s not like the San Antonio Spurs are some mediocre franchise that doesn’t contend for chips, or has ownership issues with a front office looking to shed salary to avoid the luxury tax. Obviously Parker is in a great situation in San Antonio, and if he can re-sign there it’s a no-brainer, imho.

  • http://www.slamonline.com The Big Fundamental

    @joemama, so eloquent i have to applaude. he aint lying LDR4

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    They will win thee title this season. All hail the great tim duncan

  • Franko

    MANU GINOBILI is one of the best players in the league. LDR4 you are some kinda jealous R2D2!!

  • TheTruth

    Lol you can’t compare manu’s flopping to dirty dirk and flopajao! if anyone in the league flops its dirk and varejao both act like they got shot out of a cannon with every little tap.

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