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Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 at 9:00 am  |  35 responses

Tony Parker Delivers on Promise to Return to the NBA Finals


by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

Six long, painful years after their last trip to the NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs are back in the championship round and playing for their fifth title.

Many doubted they’d ever get back here, but all along, Tony Parker believed.

The Spurs’ point guard made a promise to Tim Duncan that they weren’t too old to compete for another title, and Parker came through when it mattered most (TP’s 37 points sealed the 93-86 Game 4 win over the Memphis Grizzlies.)

Per Yahoo! Sports:

They had stood in that losing locker room in Oklahoma City a year ago, and Tony Parker made Tim Duncan a promise that would carry these San Antonio Spurs all the way to Monday night. I’ll get you back to the NBA Finals, Parker vowed. We aren’t done. You aren’t done. [...] Duncan “remembered [the promise] and reminds me every time we passed a playoff round,” Parker said. “He said, ‘We’re going to ride you to the end.’

“Timmy means a lot to me. I learned so much from him. From the first day I arrived in San Antonio he’s always had my back. He’s a very good friend, very close to me on the court and off the court. Our first championship we were riding him. He was our franchise. I feel very blessed because now it’s my turn to try to bring this team to the end. If I can do that for him, it would be … unbelievable.”

Tony Parker was a fresh-faced 21-year old when he won his first title. Now, he’s the grizzled veteran Tim Duncan and the rest of the Spurs look to carry them, and arguably the League’s best floor general:

“In 2007, we won our third one in five years, and you think it’s going to keep coming,” Parker said. “And I’m 25, and six years go by and every year it gets tougher.”

Assuming the Miami Heat join them in the NBA Finals, these San Antonio Spurs won’t be favored (they seemingly never are). Count them out at your own peril, however.

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  • jmm

    Will also deliver on promise to make out with your wife. Ho-ho-hawwww!

  • LP @ThisisEther

    Mr. “If i’m not in your Top 3, I better be in your Top 5!”

  • http://www.facebook.com/devin.williams1 Dev

    Is Parker the best point guard in the league yall? He might be

  • http://www.facebook.com/devin.williams1 Dev

    Is Parker the best point guard in the league yall? He might be

  • http://www.facebook.com/devin.williams1 Dev

    Not defensively of course but still

  • http://www.facebook.com/devin.williams1 Dev

    Not defensively of course but still

  • danpowers

    chris paul

  • Caboose

    There’s your NBA Champions.

  • spit hot fiyah

    the spurs interior passing is unbelievable. whoever says they are boring just doesn’t appreciate beautiful basketball.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-jTBbrQgTEk&feature=youtu.be – —- dammit, i hate to say it, but good job Simmons.

  • underdog

    I’m going to be honest, I didn’t see this coming. After how the Grizzlies had handled their first two opponents I thought this series was going to be a nasty, gritty interior face-off. I probably couldn’t even have picked the Spurs as conference champs for sure… But this sweep. Man, Pop just can’t stop amaze me.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    As much as I can’t stand that little turd this was pretty sick.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    The off-ball and on-ball screens coupled with back cutts and precise passing makes them very interesting to watch.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    You can make a valid argument but to me you have to be a two way player.

  • Mariano

    That inbounds play with the Tony cut and open lay-up was just amazing to watch

  • robb

    The Spurs symbolise the true spirit of the word “team”, and Pop’s a genius.

  • 1982

    Championships later, they still get no respect from most fans except for people who watch every year. I was hoping (before the knee injury) for a rematch of last years finals. But now, I can’t say I’m disappointed. This will be a good one.

  • LakeShow

    Gol dammit spurs. You just keep proving me wrong.
    Good.

  • BugEyes

    Splitter made so passes I’ve never seen some guards make. he must of been a guard than grew 10 inches

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  • yns

    Enoughhhh with the non-sense please

  • RedRum

    Every year in July I put 50 dollars on the Spurs to win. Usually I get around 1/20 odds. not too bad. This year after last year’s collapse to OKC I did not, I thought they were done. It might cost me 1000 bucks, but I will be very happy if TD gets his 5th.

  • The Seed

    Spurs will win it all, in 5 games. BOOK IT!!

  • The Fury

    I told you Lake ;) , hope they win the whole thing.

  • Mars

    Yeah it took long cause all the glue guys from 07′ bounced (Retired). Horry, Bruce Bowen, Finley, Barry…but now these guys Matt Bonner, Kawhi Leonard, Danny Green, Tiago Splitter brought into the system. Yeah, it’s a well-oiled machine again.

  • http://www.facebook.com/devin.williams1 Dev

    Agreed

  • Bandwagonfan

    No wayyy. Tp all the way. Even westbrook got into the finals and cp9 havent. He will be forgotten soon. Cus there are some guys rising. Rose, rondo, curry, kyrie, westbrook,etc. tp9 on the top

  • Bandwagonfan

    Lol

  • Bandwagonfan

    If its against the pacer.

  • danpowers

    your name says it all

  • Bandwagonfan

    I use my name to counter the argument that says im a bandwagonfan. Look, im tryin to be realistic. Paul got a good handle, crossovers, pass, but he will move to another team. He will have to build a chemistry on that team for a year to be able to contend for championship.unless he stays with the clipper which i highly doubt it. Meanwhile curry, rose, wb have a good team there. They will make it even better this offseason. Tp9 is a 3 time nba champ. Outstanding performance in playoff, mvp rank at 3 for quite a time before injury. This aint allstar game

  • danpowers

    its not all about championships. or would you say robert horry was a better player than michael jordan? or brian scalabrine better than charles barkley?
    paul was not in the same fortunate situation as parker to start his carreer in a successful franchise. he was put into bad teams which he turned into playoff teams. without him none of his teams would have even reached the playoffs. and no, he wont be forgotten by anyone who actually saw him play.

  • Bandwagonfan

    he is the pg of spurs in those 3 championship. he also played a big role in those 3 especially when he is the finals mvp in 2007. recently he also shows us how easy it is for him to score. he can score from midrange jumper, floaters, cuts, backdoor cuts, making a very effective pick and roll with tim duncan,etc. and if u said about the team they had, i agree with u . tp get a good team, while cp3 get a lowly team. But there are other good pg who competes with tp9. and i watch cp3 play. i like his game during transition, but i dont like it during half court offense. hes holding the ball for too long but cant make it as effective as tp9. I’d prefer rondo on that. remember pg aint all about handles, crossover, etc. There are also other PG with special strength like curry(shoot), wb (explosive),rose (flexible , explosive), kyrie (damn scorer. good overall offense skill). im not saying cp3 sucks but he actually aint better than tp9 if its not an allstar game. as i watched their matchup twice this season and both won by spurs. at one game, its because of duncan, and the other is tp9 completely dominated cp3. and im not insulting you in anyway

  • danpowers

    i agree that parker got underrated throughout his whole carreer and that he was always one of the best point guards in the league. never receiving approptiate amount of love just because he didnt have the numbers other pgs had who were able to run the offense by themselves while parker as playing in a team-play concept.
    but cp3s shot is just better, he has all the good attribute parker has plus a slightly better court vision, rebounding instincts and probably defensive iq. you cant blaim him for holding the ball too long if this is the offense his coaches draw for him.
    i dont think that the individual matchup between parker and paul was the reason for his playoff exit. we are talking about the spurs here.
    i also dont see how the others you mentioned would be better than paul.

  • LakeShow

    Me too brotha. Go Spurs lol.

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