Spurs point guard Tony Parker arrived at training camp this month fresh off a starring turn with the French national team at the EuroBasket tournament and with three goals in mind. “Make sure I stay in rhythm make sure I stay in shape” Parker said. “And be ready for Oct. 30 because that’s when it counts.” Based on his 14-point third quarter in the Spurs’ 106-104 exhibition victory at Atlanta on Thursday Parker seems well on his way to accomplishing those first two objectives. As a result he says the Spurs’ regular-season opener Oct. 30 against Memphis cannot arrive soon enough. “I’m ready” said Parker who aims to repeat as the Spurs’ leading scorer and assist man in his 13th season. “My last competitive game was two or three weeks ago. I feel like (coach Gregg Popovich) is managing me perfectly not overdoing it. I feel great and ready to go.” After a busy summer on the international circuit Parker has eased his way into the preseason which continues Saturday in Miami with a quasi-rematch of the NBA Finals. The All-Star has appeared in three of four games averaging 11.3 points and 3.7 assists in 19.3 minutes. Before his third-quarter outburst in Atlanta Parker was 0 for 4 with three turnovers in the first half. Popovich said he doesn’t waste time in the preseason worrying about experienced veterans like Parker Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. History says they will be ready for the regular season.
Spurs’ Tony Parker rounding into form
San Antonio Express-News | Oct 19