When the 2017 NBA season starts, the San Antonio Spurs will be playing without Tim Duncan for the first time. Age is going to be a concern. While most of the team is intact with Manu Ginobili back, Tony Parker will be its most senior member assuming a leadership role.
Tony Parker still believes the Spurs still have what it takes to win; that they still have a great team. And he looks forward to doing his best to welcome new players, and helping out as much as he can.
It’s going to be a tough challenge for the Spurs playing without their big man Tim Duncan for the first time in years, but Tony Parker seems to have accepted this and has conditioned himself moving forward. In fact, he was not surprised at all that Duncan had called it a career.
Tim Duncan had a great 2016 NBA season, putting in solid numbers even at the age of 40 but decided to announce his retirement last July 11th. He is known for his strong basics and fundamentals of basketball, which makes him so effective and difficult to defend. He has an effective inside game and has the range to stretch the defense.
“Obviously, we are going to miss him a lot. You can’t replace a guy like Timmy. But we will try to do our best to keep the Spurs going and to keep winning.” Parker said, as reported by the San Antonio Express News.
Tony Parker believes Duncan could have played still. In fact, he feels Tim could “play forever” owing to his stability and fundamentals.
But for how long can Tony Parker carry the team and keep his leadership roles? At the age of 34, there are NBA rumors that the Spurs want to sign Chris Paul in the 2017 free agency, as reported by The Inquisitr.
Tony Parker could become a dependable back up to Paul who averaged 19.5 points, 10 assists, and 4.2 rebounds with the Clippers, and is one of the best guards in the NBA.
With the former Spurs’ big three of Duncan, Ginobili and Tony Parker fading away, a new one involving Chris Paul is being rumored with Paul, Kawhi Leonard and LaMarcus Aldridge.
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