Parker Believes Spurs Still Contenders
Seemingly, the San Antonio Spurs – the best regular-season team in the NBA the last two years – and their trio of stars have become an afterthought. But Tony Parker, All-Star point guard and one-third of San Antonio’s “Aging Three,” still believes the Spurs are the team to beat in the West.
“We are right at the top. I like our chances,” Parker said after the Spurs pulled away from the New Orleans Hornets for a 99-95 win during Wednesday night’s season-opener at New Orleans Arena. “It just depends on who plays the best basketball at the right time and at the end of the season who is healthy and who is playing their best ball.”
Most are hedging their bets that it will either be the youthful Thunder or the re-made Lakers that now include Dwight Howard in the post and veteran point guard Steve Nash around Bryant who will be best positioned at the end to come out of the Western Conference. But if history has taught us anything, it is that you can’t count out 16-year veteran Tim Duncan, guard Manu Ginobili, who is entering his 13th pro career and 12th-year pro Parker.