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Monday, December 10th, 2012 at 4:10 pm  |  40 responses

Tony Parker Compares His Early-Career Struggles to Jeremy Lin’s


“Linsanity” hasn’t exactly griped the city of Houston, as Jeremy Lin has fallen back down to earth. Tony Parker says it’s a matter of time and patience until we all learn what kind of player the Rockets have in their point guard — Parker went through a similar phase early on in his NBA journey. Per the Houston Chronicle: “Through 83 career games, Lin has made 42.1 percent of his shots, averaging 9.4 points per game, in an average of 22.1 minutes per game. Through 83 career games, Parker made 42.1 percent of his shots, averaging 10.2 points per game in an average of 31.7 minutes. [...] ‘His shot will come,’ Parker said. ‘Me too. I couldn’t hit a shot at the beginning of my career. I was still able to go to the basket. His shot will improve. It will help, definitely, his game. Definitely. When I start making the outside jumper on a consistent basis, that’s when I was more consistent with my performance.’ [...] ‘Just creating space, changing directions, using angles, floaters, his creativity in the lane,’ Lin said. ‘He’s exceptional with his footwork. There’s a lot of things he does that people take for granted for how good he is. I think he’s an elite point guard and someone I want to aspire to be in terms of how he leads his team to how he pushes the ball and makes plays.’ When Parker began his career, however, he struggled with the balance between playmaking and scoring. Through 83 games, he averaged 4.7 assists. Playing about eight fewer minutes per game, Lin is averaging 4.5 assists in his career so far. ‘It’s his first full year,’ Parker said. ‘There is a lot of attention on him. I think you have to be patient with his growth. When I first came into the league, I was a little raw. I was very aggressive. At the same time, I had to learn the point guard position and when to score, when to pass and try to find that happy middle, find the balance. I think Jeremy Lin is at that point. ‘He’s trying to find his position on the team. And he needs to fit with another guy who is very aggressive with James Harden. I had to do the same thing when I had Manu Ginobili being super aggressive. You have to find your spots. He will.’”

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  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    Tony P is an amazing point guard. i don’t know if lin can ever end up being this good

  • Caboose

    No chance Lin gets anywhere near a Finals MVP.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    thank you!

  • Anotherfan

    The point is…Did you know Tony P is an amazing point guard and a final’s MVP when he first started playing and got benched by Pop often? If you did, I wanna be your agent. We can have a fortune teller empire together. Seriously

  • gordon

    those are some kind and thoughtful words from my man, tony. i’m hoping they’re on point.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    Tony Parker had upper echelon quickness. Lin does not. Athletic gifts can save you lack certain skills.

  • j nasty

    im pretty sure if lin played with tim duincan and d rob he would be getting more than 10-4 a game. but lin is really just dreadful this year and the early returns on his performance is underwhelming to say the least

  • http://twitter.com/ec_lkhaa Will Lee

    Parker being polite and respectful. He didn’t say Lin will be as good, he just said he’ll be elite after more games with the right team. I remember Parker was often ripped by popovich and was rumored to be traded many times, for Jason Kidd in 2003. They won at the end and that never stopped from there.

  • Bored

    doesnt Lin score better than Rose, Wall and Irving on most BAM tests?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    The point of this is not to compare Lin and Parker. Come on guys you’re better than that. Lin has a good basketball IQ. He knows how to penetrate the D and even though it leads to a turnover too often, he’s been trying to kick it out and make a play. All those qualities you look for in a good point guard. He needs to improve his shot. He needs to learn how to dribble with his left. He need to learn to play D. All I’m saying is, give the guy a fair chance. Who knows, maybe in 2 or 3 years, the Lin/Harden back court will be NICE.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    I love TP but wow a trade for Jason Kidd in his prime? I never knew about that. That would have been awesome!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    Yea what are you talking about Lin is fine physically.

  • danpowers

    classy move by tp to back that struggling young man up. i didnt expect him to struggle that hard in houston. but boy – am i happy now we brought back felton lol

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    Lin is average physically. He is not bad. But being average makes it important all of your skills are top notch. Handle, shooting and the mental aspects. I don’t know what he scored on any test I know that watching him he is average athletically and he struggled with his shot. Tony Parker was super quick and a great finisher. Not being able to shoot didn’t hurt his as much.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    How could you even mention him with Rose and Wall after watching them play?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    okay that’s a fair enough argument

  • robb

    Very nice of TP but he’s 1000 better than Lin at everything.

  • http://twitter.com/ec_lkhaa Will Lee

    spurs playing nets in the finals that year. Rumor was TP for Kidd off season. Popovich was tired of Parker’s immature play at that time, and TP was missing long range shots. At the end Spurs won and that rumor died.

  • Yi-Cheng Chen

    did anybody said about being better?

  • Bored

    huh?…i just meant he is quick. i dont know how that means he is as good as them but yeah jump to conclusions if you must.

  • Bored

    I think there were people with really high expectations and people with really low expectations. there was also a lot of intelligent people who knew that this would just take time. he has the talent so he just has to keep working on his game. who really knows how good he will be but i think he is doing ok at the moment.

  • The Fury

    …and because of those rumored trades. He killed the Nets in the Finals. That’s why I think he’s the most underrated Point Guard in the NBA, ever. Deron, Paul, Rondo…psshhhh…Parker always outplay those guys when their teams meet.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    38 points

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    speaking of…Lin just dropped 38

  • whatever

    oh ya i remember that….by far the most boring finals ever…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    I am so shocked at how well Felton is doing

  • danpowers

    check all my pre-season posts about the knicks. i told y’all he would be better for the knicks than lin if he reports to camp in shape and he obviously reported to camp in shape

  • Bored

    right on time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    yes you did I remember. Between him and Kidd…that’s 48 mins of solid point play

  • Happyforhim

    Go Lin

  • danpowers

    even prigioni is providing solid point play off the bench. everything is easy going now for ny. that scares me a little bit as a knicks fan. when something is too good to believe then normally it is. im just waiting for the headline “melo out for… season after diving for lose ball on a team vacation at the grand canyon” or “chandler banned for life for staring a fan to death after an alley oop dunk” etc…

  • danpowers

    you never know. e.g.: who wouldve ever thought billups would develop into such a player during his first years… same with nash who had a great career even tho he will never be a finals mvp

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    haha well hopefully they will be fine. They are so fun to watch, itd be a shame if we don’t get to see what they can do in the playoffs

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    Well lets see how the finished product of Lin.. Lets see if he can pull off something similar to Parker’s resume.

    I know how you fan boys fall for hype. Smh

  • Libby

    If I recall correctly, Pop opted to go with Speedy Claxton in crucial moments against the Nets in 2003. I think Tony was benched throughout most of the fourth quarters. BUT TP was huge against the Cavaliers in 2007. He was an important factor against the Pistons in 05, but Timmy and Manu were bigger factors (Manu should have at least received a co-MVP that Finals, imo).

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    He’s not as quick or athletic as Rose or Wall, who along with Eric Bledsoe and Russell Westbrook are the most physically imposing guards in the league. Well at least they were before their injuries.

  • Bored

    what part dont you understand? this has nothing to do with anything else but test scores. thats all i’m saying. he tested really well. meaning he must have speed. nothing else. no comparisons. so stop with the nonsense.

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    If he tested better than Rose or Wall at anything physical the tests have no merit.

  • Bored

    yeah ok. except its a test that has merit. thats why the NBA draft combine uses it. it means you are quick if you test well. you cant test well if you’re not quick. get it?

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    Ok boss

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