The San Antonio Spurs’ championship level may have declined in recent years, yet they’ve continued to impress upon us a level of play that is able to withstand the dynamic changes around the league. This season, Spurs news has Tony Parker, evolving his role in a younger Spurs roster.
With Tim Duncan’s retirement, the Spurs roster is now led by an aging Manu Ginobili, and its veteran leader Tony Parker. Will it be fare enough against a trend of super teams in the NBA such as the Golden State Warriors?
To be able to do so, it needs serious transition. Spurs news has the 34-year-old Tony Parker is shifting from an active scoring role to a veteran voice in a rebuilding team.
“It’s been great.” Tony Parker said regarding his new role, in a report by ESPN.
“I love my role, and I’ll try to do the best I can this year to keep winning games. You know, we won 67 games last year. We’ll try to do the same thing and go further in the playoffs. As long as [coach Gregg Popovich] is happy, that’s my main job here.”
On how this transition will be received by his fans or Spurs news, “I don’t care if people don’t understand my role or all this stuff I have to do now.” Tony Parker added.
His teammate Manu Ginobili will be expected to have a reduced role, too, and he looks forward to their point guard’s development in terms of new responsibilities.
Much alike, Jason Kidd, John Stockton and Steve Nash?
With age now being a major factor, Tony Parker has been studying the likes of Jason Kidd, John Stockton and Steve Nash- all of whom remained “efficient” as they aged, still being valuable contributors to their teams the way Parker aims for the Spurs roster.
Known for his role as a scoring point guard, Tony Parker will now be setting up more for the Spurs roster with younger players like LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard.
LaMarcus Aldridge is a big deal for the Spurs roster defensively, while Kawhi Leonard played valiantly against the Pistons during their preseason game.
Tony Parker could shift in different roles for the Spurs, as the latter transitions to a younger team led by players like LaMarcus Aldridge and Kawhi Leonard. But Parker seems up to the task as he’s used to adapting to different styles.
“I always study everybody. You know, I’m a big student of the game. So as everybody gets older and further in their careers, you just have to adapt. I’m lucky that we have a lot of great players on the team. Of course, you can pick up stuff from everybody.”
“…At the end of the day, if I can win a couple of more before I retire, I will be very happy.”
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