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Tony Parker talks return, possibly coming off bench: 'That's going to be Pop's decision'

Parker on track to return in late November

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SAN ANTONIO – Spurs point guard Tony Parker spoke to the media on Friday for the first time since the regular season began.

Parker is recovering from a torn quadriceps tendon injury he suffered during last season’s playoffs. 

Earlier this week the team assigned Parker to the Austin Spurs of the G League to continue his rehabilitation and practice with the team.

The team is holding its training camp at the Spurs practice facility in San Antonio. 

Parker said on Friday his timetable for return is still late November. He said he is now participating in 5-on-5 scrimmages and drills.

“I’ve been feeling great, very happy, no setbacks so that’s good news,” Parker said. “I feel very confident.” 

Parker said he has not been limited in what he can do, but is working to get in game shape and wants to make sure his leg is strong when he makes his return.

The Spurs have started the season 4-0 without Parker and Kawhi Leonard. Second-year guard Dejounte Murray has started at point guard position and been impressive.

“I’m very happy for him,” Parker said. “He worked hard and he’s getting a great opportunity right now and it could only help us down the road.”

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Parker was asked about what his role may be when he returns, whether its as a starter or coming off the bench.

“That’s going to be Pop’s decision, that’s not my decision,” Parker said. “My job right now is to try and get back, play well and try and help the team.”  

The injury and rehab process has caused the six-time NBA All-Star to put things in perspective.

“Sometimes you take stuff for granted and that’s normal as human beings,” Parker said. “When you can’t walk for a month then it definitely makes you appreciate everything, like the little stuff in life.” 

Parker has also kept his sense of humor throughout the process including this rehab assignment in the G League with the team's developmental players.

"They are all going to get fired if I get hurt," Parker joked. "That’s what Pop said."


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