After a brutal 2-7 road trip defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs weren’t scaring anybody. Articles about Tim Duncan’s decline were easy to find. The Spurs were too tired–and too old–to compete after two straight trips to the finals–that’s a lot of basketball. San Antonio’s sun was setting.
But on Sunday the Spurs saw a glimpse of their glorious, not-too-distant past–and his name is Tony Parker. For all the Spurs superstars–and the emergence of Kawhi Leonard as one of the NBA’s super-elite–Tony Parker remains the engine who drives these Spurs. Here’s the formula as goes Parker 2015: He’s been hurt. That’s been bad. Now he’s not. That should be good. Parker had 32 on Sunday as the Spurs knocked off a very strong Chicago Bulls team 116-105 in San Antonio.