A national sports blog that shall remain nameless cited Tony Parker’s recent declaration of fatigue following EuroBasket 2013 as Reason A why Spurs coach Gregg Popovich isn’t enamored with his players spending their summers balling for their native countries. Is it his favorite thing that a player of Parker’s importance is apparently worn down with training camp little more than a week away? Or that Manu Ginobili destroyed his ankle at the Olympics sabotaging the 2008-09 season? Obviously not. But the passage coming on the heels of reports that Spurs general manager R.C. Buford implored Parker to watch his minutes during the tournament implied that Popovich and Co. take an adversarial stance to international competition. Nothing could be further from the truth. Indeed Popovich sounded less a high-powered basketball coach than a beaming father in his reaction to France’s historic triumph.
Why Pop will never bar his players from international competition
San Antonio Express-News | Sep 27