After suffering injury to his left quadriceps muscle in last seasons playoff run, San Antonio Spurs’ Tony Parker could be back sooner than expected.
Parker left game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals as Spurs beat Rockets 121-96 back on May 3, and initial thoughts from coach Gregg Popovich suggested “it’s not good.”
Since then Parker has undergone successful surgery in the offseason as was scheduled to return in January, that was until teammate Danny Green let slip whilst talking with French website LCI.
“He (Tony Parker) obviously had a tough injury last year but he’s recovering. He’s a couple of months ahead of schedule… I don’t want to leak anything but he might be playing a lot sooner than people think he’s playing.
He’s been doing his rehab like a monster, like a maniac. He’s been working out like a maniac and mentally he’s really focused and trying to get his body healthy and get it right. You’ll probably be seeing Tony playing a lot sooner than what most people expect him to be back by.”
While an early return will be welcome news to Spurs fans, Popovich will most likely ease the point guard back in to his role, building up the minutes over time rather than risking everything straight away.
Dejounte Murray is likely to step in to the point guard position in Parkers absence, but while he is away the depth for the role is a little thin.