Tony Parker said the rights things.

He said Jeremy Lin will be a good player. He said he attacked the basket because Tyson Chandler was out. And he said a post-All Star Game slump was reason enough to be ready to play.

I believe all of it.

But Parker keeps up with news around the league, and he's seen how his peers have reacted to Linsanity. Parker also likes the stage.

So here's the guess: Parker didn't need the motivation, but he still used his first game against Lin as another way to find the gear he had lost lately.