Despite taking part in Sunday’s (Feb. 16) All-Star Game in New Orleans, Spurs guard Tony Parker will sit out for an extended period with multiple injuries.
San Antonio coach Gregg Popovich told NBA.com this week that the six-time All-Star will be sidelined “for the foreseeable future” because of numerous aches and pains involving his back, groin and calf.
“I think he’s just spent, mentally and physically,” said the coach. “The last five games or so was about 65-70 percent, at the most, and he’s developed a little nagging thing every time. He’s had a shoulder and a hip and a calf and all this kind of stuff, and now it’s his Achilles a little bit.
“All these things have added up, and I think it’s affected him mentally, also. I think the last three years have caught up with him — playing a whole NBA season, and for the whole summer qualifying for that European championship that they finally got this year. I’m just looking at the big picture and trying to get him whole for the stretch.”
Parker played 11 minutes in this weekend’s NBA All-Star game. Coach Popovich watched his first 5 minutes before changing the channel, but said he didn’t think Parker did further damage by playing.
The Spurs star is the team’s leading scorer, and was the only player averaging at least 30 minutes for the team.
San Antonio leads the Southwest Division with a 39-15 record, and is second overall in the conference.