All-time great San Antonio Spurs guard and future Hall of Famer Tony Parker wears a Charlotte Hornets uniform now. Why didn’t Parker, like his pals Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, stay a Spur for life?
There are always reasons the public never finds out about, but Parker left peacefully and in good standing in Texas. He got cheers on his return unlike former Spurs star Kawhi Leonard. One reason for Parker’s moving that the public does know about is this: Dejounte Murray. At one point during last season the young, dynamic 6’5″ Murray took Parker’s starting spot away on the Spurs. This year was supposed to be Murray’s breakthrough, NBA All-Star level year.
But injury stole Murray at the very beginning of the season — he tore his ACL and made Coach Gregg Popovich miss Parker way more than he thought he would. Still, the Spurs made the playoffs without either guard, riding the backs of LaMarcus Aldridge and DeMar DeRozan. Getting to the second round would be a major accomplishment for this Spurs team. But wait. Video has surfaced (see below) of Dejounte Murray practicing and throwing down a windmill slam as if it was a common layup. ACL? What ACL? He’s not possibly in game condition, let alone NBA playoff condition. But come 2019-20 the Spurs have a secret weapon many people have forgotten about. And look at that weapon’s windmill!