Tony Parker Disputes Way Relationship With Kawhi Leonard Has Been Portrayed

Hope Soto
July 8, 2018

The Tony Parker era in San Antonio has come to a close.

After 17 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, Tony Parker is moving on.

The point guard was a true cornerstone of the San Antonio franchise as he is only the third player in National Basketball Association history to play at least 17 seasons with one team before leaving alongside Karl Malone (18 seasons) and Hakeem Olajuwon (17 seasons). He said it was a tough and emotional decision, while adding, "I will always love San Antonio".

LAS VEGAS Tony Parker went to San Antonio as a teenager almost two decades ago, quickly became part of the Spurs' legendary Big Three and celebrated four championships while wearing silver and black.

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In March, a frustrated Parker told the media that his injury was "a hundred times worse" than Leonard's. "I will always be a Spur". Duncan has retired, Parker is now gone and Ginobili's status for next season is unknown. "It's going to be very interesting this year and I look forward to a lot of exciting basketball".

The only coach Parker has only known during his career, Gregg Popovich, later released a statement on the impact the point guard had on the franchise. Their beef, which stemmed from comments Parker made in March about how his quad injury previous year was "100 times worse", was apparently blown way out of proportion. He also averaged a career-low 19.5 minutes per bout in 55 games.

Parker's leadership was evident during the Spurs' attempts to ameliorate Kawhi Leonard during the latter's lost season of 2017-18. We are grateful to Tony for 17 years of truly fantastic memories.

Now that Parker is no longer in the picture, could this pave the way for Leonard to return to San Antonio? "When the journalist asked me if my injury was worse than Kawhi's, I said yes because it was true". He took over the franchise and I gave up the torch of the franchise willingly.

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