Shootaround (Aug. 11): Tony Parker Plans To Return In 4-5 Months

Shootaround (Aug. 11): Tony Parker Plans To Return In 4-5 Months News

Parker planning to return in 4-5 months — Aside from adding Rudy Gay, the San Antonio Spurs were pretty quiet in free agency. They brought back guard Patty Mills and big man Pau Gasol as well, but more or less the core of the team remains the same. They’ll have to turn to that group to stem the tide while Tony Parker recovers from his quadriceps injury and Parker, for his part, is still aiming for a January return. Jeff Garcia of has more on Parker’s plans:

San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker is on the mend after suffering a left quadriceps injury in last season’s playoff run. However, since then, he is having himself a speedy recovery and is optimistic he’ll he back on the court in 4-5 months time in a sit down interview with Argentinian TV LPG TV.

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“It’s OK. It’s OK. It’s getting better and better. I’m starting to run like a little bit. I’m walking pretty well. I think it’s still going to be a long process. It’s still going to take like another four or five months but I am very happy in with the progress. I am in advance in my rehab.”

Parker also touched on the return of Manu Ginobili and is hoping the team can win a title for Manu if next season is his last.

“Hopefully we can finish with the championship for Manu’s last year hopefully but we never know if it’s going to be Manu’s last year. Maybe he’s going to come back again. As long as he keeps playing, everybody’s going to be happy.”

Check out the full interview as Parker also speaks about the defending champs Golden State where he says it will be hard to dethrone them, Head Coach Gregg Popovich, the future of the team, becoming a team owner and much more.

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Waiters chimes in on Kyrie-to-Heat talk — Dion Waiters career revival with the Miami Heat last season has been well documented — both by others and the man himself. Fresh off signing a new contract with the Heat, Waiters was interviewed by a Philadelphia radio station recently and opened up about the Kyrie Irving trade rumors and how he’d fit in with the Heat. Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald has more:

Waiters’ “Made in Philly” star studded bash, which he’s been throwing since he entered the league, was attended by rapper Meek Mill, a close friend of his, and several NBA players including the Heat’s Tyler Johnson, James Johnson, Okaro White and fellow Philly native Wayne Ellington.

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Aside from his party, Waiters, 25, also had plenty to say about his new contract with the Heat, Kyrie Irving’s desire to leave Cleveland and the possibility of that happening with the Heat. As usual, Waiters did it with plenty of his signature Philly Cheese style.

“It would help – I’m not against that,” Waiters told HipHopSince1987 of a possible move by the Heat to acquire Irving, a four-time All-Star whom he played with for two and a half seasons in Cleveland.

“Just know there’s an alpha male over there too in myself.”

Waiters said he wasn’t at all surprised to hear Irving wanted out of Cleveland.

“We talk, we have talks,” Waiters said. “I’d be lying if I said I’m surprised. At the end of the day, I knew what’s up. I respect him. He won one. It’s time for him to go take on a bigger role, be that leader, be that guy. He wants to be that guy I guess. There’s nothing wrong with that. I ride with that. I respect that decision. He knows what it takes to win. He learned all that from Bron, from playing with him for four years. He knows what it takes. That’s how I was. When I played Bron I soaked everything in. I was a sponge. Bron took me under his wing from day one. Every little thing, how to take care of his body, he’s a pro’s pro, a true professional.

“When I went to OKC it was even worse with KD and Russ. KD took me right under his wing, everyday we were going at it, things like that. Like I tell everybody I had the best of both worlds. I learned so much. It made me ready for this situation I’m in now. I needed to take steps back. At the end of the day I don’t call them steps back. I was really just [building] step by step. When I got my chance, like I said, no looking back.”

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Turner expecting playoff push from Pacers — With their leading scorer (Paul George) gone via trade and their starting point guard (Jeff Teague) having bolted in free agency, playoff hopes in Indiana seem far-fetched. Don’t tell that to young big man Myles Turner, though, who said in an interview Thursday he’s expecting nothing less than a playoff berth for the Pacers in 2017-18. Matthew VanTryon of the Indianapolis Star has more:

Myles Turner is the longest tenured player on the Indiana Pacers. Yes, he’s 21. Yes, he’s just now entering his third season in the league. But that’s the current state of the team.

That being said, Turner recognizes that he needs to step into more of a leadership role this season. He spoke about his expectations for himself and the team in an interview on SiriusSM NBA Radio.

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“I want to start establishing myself as a leader in this league and on this team,” he said. “I know I’m quite young compared to a lot of guys on this team, but the best time is to start young.”

He also has high expectations for the Pacers, and says that naysayers on the outside provide extra motivation. Vegas has them at 30.5 wins while CBS Sports has them at 34.1. Bleacher Report has them at .500. Forbes says they’re 100-1 odds to win the NBA Finals.

“I feel like we’re definitely going to be overlooked this year,” he said of the Pacers. “A lot of people look at us as young team that’s going to rebuild, but we’re a young team that’s trying to compete. We’ve got a lot of guys who can come in and make an impact right away. I expect to make the playoffs this year.”
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