Spurs’ Parker still 4-5 months away from returning

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

San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker, who suffered a severe left quadriceps tendon injury in the 2017 playoffs, says he is four to five months away from returning to the basketball court.

Parker underwent surgery in May and the 35-year-old has been making steady progress in his rigorous rehab regiment.

“It’s OK. It’s OK,” Parker said in an interview with Argentinian TV LPG TV. “It’s getting better and better. I’m starting to run like a little bit. I’m walking pretty well. I think it’s still going to be a long process. It’s still going to take like another four or five months but I am very happy in with the progress. I am in advancing in my rehab.”

During the 2016-17 regular season, Parker averaged 10.1 points and 4.5 assists per game while shooting 46.6 percent from the field.

It’s going to be interesting to see how the future Hall of Famer moves around the court when he does come back from the injury. Parker is obviously not as quick as he used to be, but the Frenchman is still a sound mid-range shooter and strong finisher at the rim.

The Spurs re-signed sharpshooter Patty Mills to a lucrative four-year, $50 million deal in the offseason and plan to start him at point guard to begin the season.

Second-year guard Dejounte Murray will also see an increased role at the floor general spot until Parker returns.

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