Before his team got taken apart by the Spurs on Wednesday, Charlotte coach Mike Dunlap revealed that he uses tape of two players to help mold budding Bobcats point guard Kemba Walker. One of them is the Los Angeles Clippers' Chris Paul, a perennial candidate for NBA Most Valuable Player who is widely regarded as the top lead guard on the planet. The other is Tony Parker. "We really feel, mentally and physically, the way those two lead their teams is very special," Dunlap said. "Different, but they get the same results." Dunlap isn't the only NBA coach to use the Spurs' five-time All-Star as a blueprint for what it means to be a professional point guard. In Philadelphia, Doug Collins has spoken of trying to shape the 22-year-old JrueÖ Holiday in Parker's image. It seems to have worked — later this month in Houston, Holiday will make his first All-Star appearance. Those who have followed Parker's career closely — from teenage rookie and Gregg Popovich whipping boy in 2001 to talented-but-flawed Finals MVP in 2007 to what he is now at age 30, a model for other young point guards to emulate — can't help but stand amazed at the progression. "I was there from the beginning, so I know how his game has evolved," said forward Tim Duncan, the only player to pre-date Parker on the Spurs' roster. "I know he's worked hard on it, and how the load has kind of switched over to him in what he's asked to do now on a nightly basis. It's a big thing and he's handled it great."
Parker widely imitated, seldom duplicated
San Antonio Express-News | Feb 2