Spurs’ Parker to see eye specialist
San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker reportedly is flying to New York soon to see an eye specialist.
Parker is worried a left eye injury, which happened during a celebrated nightclub fight, may keep him from playing in the Olympics next month, according to international basketball website Sportando.
The French star had to have surgery after suffering a lacerated left eye. A piece of glass penetrated “99 percent” of the tissue, he said in a Q&A on his blog, adding the Spurs are worried about his long-term career.
Parker sustained the injury early June 15 while attending a party as guests of musicians Chris Brown and Drake. A fight began between the rappers’ entourages and reportedly Parker was hit on the eye by a bottle while trying to protect a girl.
Last week, Parker sued the owners of the nightclub for $20 million for allowing the incident to escalate.
“I see a specialist in New York with the hope of obtaining the agreement of competing in the Olympics,” Parker wrote on his blog. “The Spurs are very worried. Based on the results, one can imagine that any one package. The decision is no longer mine. It is in the hands of the physician and San Antonio.”
—New York Knicks forward Amar’e Stoudemire has been accused of sending a gay slur to a fan during a Twitter exchange.
The fan, who goes by the Twitter username @BFerrelli, apparently criticized Stoudemire for not helping the Knicks advance further in the NBA playoffs this season.
Ferrelli posted what is allegedly a direct message from Stoudemire by using a screen shot. Stoudemire’s alleged message read:
“(Expletive) you. I don’t have to do any thing (expletive).”
Ferrelli soon after followed with another screen shot that allegedly contained an apology from Stoudemire.
“I apologize for what I said earlier. I just got off the plane and had time to think about it. Sorry bro!! No Excuses. Won’t happen again.”
Stoudemire has yet to acknowledge the incident publicly or in subsequent Twitter posts
— Brooklyn Nets point guard Deron Williams reportedly will only consider re-signing with the Nets or leaving for the Dallas Mavericks when he becomes a free agent next Sunday.
The all-star guard already has narrowed his list to those two teams, ESPN.com reported, citing sources close to Williams. He is “up in the air” about which team he will choose.
Williams averaged 21 points and 8.7 assists a game last season.
The Dallas-area native, who is considered the No. 1 free agent this off-season, was traded to the Nets during the 2010-11 season.