Spurs’ Parker ready for whole new purpose

Tony Parker says he still has a long way to go before he returns to the court.

Tim Duncan has retired and the San Antonio Spurs will never be the same.

The team now belongs to Kawhi Leonard and even LaMarcus Aldridge, and point guard Tony Parker is good with that.

Parker spoke to ESPN on his evolving role — from one of the main men on the Spurs’ Big Three of Parker, Duncan and Manu Ginobili, to the way things are today.

Per ESPN:

“It’s been great,” Parker said of his changing role. “I love my role, and I’ll try to do the best I can this year to keep winning games. You know, we won 67 games last year. We’ll try to do the same thing and go further in the playoffs. As long as [coach Gregg Popovich] is happy, that’s my main job here. I don’t care if people don’t understand my role or all this stuff I have to do now.”

The Spurs won 67 games last season before getting surprised in the West semifinals by Oklahoma City. But they believe they’re both young enough, and experienced enough, to get back on top.