Tony Parker painted a sobering assessment of the Spurs franchise during a recent interview in Paris with L’Equipe and other French journalists earlier this week.
Parker told them that he doesn’t think the current makeup of the Spurs roster. (Hat tip to Sports by Brooks.com)
“I don’t think this current team will play for the title in the future,” Parker said. “We are aging. We must be realistic. It was sort of our last chance this season.”
Parker was blunt in his assessment about the Spurs, who raced to a 61-21 record during the regular season before they were eliminated in the first round of the NBA playoffs by Memphis.
“”We can’t count on trades to happen,” Parker said. “We’re going to have to rely on the draft, but Pop (Spurs coach Gregg Popovich) has made many good choices.”
Parker said he met with Popovich in a post-season meeting that was difficult for both of them.
“It was a huge disappointment for us,” Parker said. “I went to see Pop (Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich) at the training center. He was sad, Tim (Duncan), too.
“We’re all frustrated because we had a great regular season during which we dominated. But it was a tough match-up for us (against Memphis.) They dominated us inside.”
Parker, who turned 29 earlier this week, is the youngest of the Spurs’ “Big Three” that also includes Duncan and Manu Ginobili. And when he says that the Spurs’ current roster title hopes are gone, it’s a significant statement from somebody who should know about his team’s chances for success.
Here’s a of Parker’s Paris interview (with English subtitles) along with aprovided by FIBA’s official web site.