Charlotte Hornets veteran point guard Tony Parker spent the majority of his career with the San Antonio Spurs, and he will now don a different team’s jersey for the first time during his long NBA career when he takes the court for the Hornets this upcoming season.
Parker, 36, said that the Spurs offered the same contract that the Hornets did, but that the role he would play in Charlotte was different than the one that the Spurs had planned for him, also noting that he wanted to play for his idol Michael Jordan.
“The Spurs offered me the same thing (contractually) as Charlotte, but it was more about the role,” Parker said, during an interview with L’Espresso.
“It was not a question of money. And it’s important that people know this, because there are a lot of people who were “angry” at the Spurs, thinking the franchise had not offered me anything. Yes, they offered me something similar, but I did not want to finish assistant-coach. And that was the role they offered me, when I wanted to play.
“And when Michael Jordan called me, my idol, I thought, let’s go,” Parker continued. “For me, I feel like closing the loop, to finish my career in his club, it’s something special for me because it’s him that made me want to play basketball.”
Parker averaged 7.7 points, 3.5 assists, and 1.7 rebounds per game last season for the Spurs.
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Grizzlies, Hornets Working Towards Marc Gasol Trade
According to the Sporting News’ Sean Deveney, there is growing skepticism that the two teams can work out a trade despite Gasol being held out of Tuesday’s game, leading many to believe that a trade was being finalized.
Per the report:
“But league sources told Sporting News that the Hornets and Grizzlies do not have an agreement in place, and that there is increasing skepticism on both sides that a trade can be brought to bear ahead of Thursday’s NBA trade deadline. The Hornets have had interest in Gasol for some time, but a deal has not progressed.”
Gasol and teammate Mike Conley will almost certainly be moved by the deadline, but Gasol to the Hornets doesn’t seem like such a sure thing.
Hornets’ Miles Bridges Believes He Is Making Big Strides
The Charlotte Hornets have seen some growth from rookie swingman Miles Bridges this season.
“In the beginning of the season, I was on fire,” Bridges said, according to The Athletic’s Roderick Boone.
“I feel like I was one of the best rookies, but then as the season went on, I started struggling. So it’s just a mental aspect where you need to be strong mentally to be able to play in the NBA, especially as a rookie. I feel I overcame the rookie wall and I feel like I am going to play great for the rest of the season.”
Bridges has been on a tear over the past 4 games, pouring in 10.3 points per game while providing a spark off the bench.
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