Before the Spurs ended chances of season-long speculation regarding whether or not all-star guard Tony Parker would be changing his zip code this summer, Parker and the New York Knicks were linked several times through countless rumors this offseason.
Parker ended the talk by proclaiming San Antonio was where he wanted to be loud and clear on media day and the Spurs obliged with a four-year, $50 million extension.
So when the Spurs meet the Knicks in Madison Square Garden tomorrow night, most Spurs fans are thankful Parker, who is averaging 17.7 points and 7.1 assists this season, will be suiting up in silver and black instead of wondering what he might look like in orange and blue.
Mark J. Miller of Yahoo Sports says that nightmare could’ve been close to becoming a reality.
Parker tells the paper that the New York Knicks were on his mind as his probable destination if the Spurs didn’t bring it on his new contract. “Right now, I’m very happy with my decision,” Parker said, according to the paper. “I always felt the Spurs are my family, and my first option was San Antonio, but if they didn’t want to keep me, New York was definitely my first option.”
With one stroke of a felt tip pen, Parker will face the New York media tomorrow night answering questions about the Spurs league-leading 29-4 record instead of the possibility of fitting in real estate scouting on the road trip.