The Spurs' coach and his point guard ran into each other in London in August, but didn't have a conversation.

With the NBA lockout still going strong, and a league-wide gag order prohibiting contact between players and team employees, the only pleasantries Gregg Popovich and Tony Parker exchanged after an exhibition game involving the French national team were of the unspoken variety.

"I just waved at him from across the gym," Parker said.

Popovich didn't need to talk to his point guard to know what Parker was thinking.

From the time he took the floor in London, through the end of a FIBA Eurobasket tournament later that fall in Lithuania that sent Les Bleus to the Olympics for the first time in a dozen years, Parker let his play speak for itself.