Yesterday while at the NBA Draft combine in Chicago, San Antonio Spurs General Manager R.C. Buford spoke about the surfaced Tony Parker comments from France.
“Who knows what the motivation is to say something like that,” Buford said. “I’m not going to get caught up in comments. All I can say is that we’re going to continue to build our team and try to be as good as we can be in the future.”
Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express News has the full scoop.
Buford understands that Parker’s comments are apt to spawn another round of trade speculation.
“I can’t control that,” he said, “and I’m not going to worry about it. We’re just going to move forward and work to improve the team.”
It’s interesting to see how Parker’s comments on Wednesday have ignited: the media, fans, and now, even upper management is aware.
After reading various sites, the media perceives it as: a.) Parker being honest and “realistic.” Or b.) Maybe he’s throwing his name out there to get trade rumors swirling (which he has done now).
I’ve spoken with some Spurs fans and they seem to be separated in the “Trade Parker” or “Support Parker” camps.
The biggest perception that none of us can see, but will be interesting to learn about down the road is how the Spurs’ upper management is “really” viewing these comments behind closed doors?
Do they feel it’s time to look into some trade options involving Parker? Since Parker is actually out there on the floor, do they really need to face a reality in which he proclaims they’re not a title contender?
What do you think Spurs fans about Buford's comments? Was he just being honest? Or is there more to it in your opinion?
a couple of things stand out to me, 1) parker has always wanted to be in the spot light, SA may just be to small a town for him now that he cant ride time to the finals. i think the divorce effected him more then he has let on and i think had he been divorced BEFORE his extension he might not have signed one or would have said "if you want me to stay your gonna have to pay me more then that". 2) he was signed to said extension with the express reason of him being the future, the one to lead the spurs into the next round of rings. i think thats a lot of pressure and maybe that pressure has gotten to him? OR he is so arrogant that he thinks he is the one who should stay and they need to build around him. personally i think he wants out to a larger market where he gets more exposure since he lost his wife and isnt on the red carpet like he has grown accustom to.
That's a good pic of RC cuz I feel the same way about this situation. Tony obviously isn't totally in to being in San Antonio :/
@Splitterfan21 Wonder if it's just a hang over from getting bounced out of the playoffs too soon. Regardless, I hate this.
@JeffProjectSpurs i've been thinking that too, Jeff. regardless, i hate it as well. i don't agree with Parker on his statement and haven't agreed since he first said it before the season. i do understand that our core group is still aging second by second, which is a major reason why Parker said that, but i still think we can compete for a title again with this group. there just has to be some changes with the rest of the crew, there's no denying that. i just don't know who the odd men out will be, other than McDyess retiring. but anyways, until Duncan walks away from the court in the AT&T Center for good, i still think our guys can compete for a 5th title. not win it yet (still have to be skeptical), but at least compete.