Tony Parker and the San Antonio Spurs have been as consistent as ever this year and continue to cruise through the regular season without too much hassle. The team’s 31-year-old floor general had the best season of his career last season and he has been inspired by his older peers, Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, to possibly stretch his NBA career to 20 years. After the Spurs’ loss, Parker was asked about Bryant’s contract extension, which will extend his tenure as a Laker to 20 years, and whether Parker could envision himself being able to do the same.
“Why not?” Parker said before the Spurs departed Oklahoma City for Friday’s game against the Magic at the Amway Center in Orlando. “The way I play, I think I can definitely play that long.”
“When I see (Lakers point guard) Steve Nash being an All-Star at 38, I feel like I’ve got the same kind of game,” he said. “Neither one of us jumps that much. We’re sort of like the kings of layups and great pick-and-roll players, so I can see myself playing that long, too.”
If his game is of any indication, Parker is certainly not losing a step just yet. As he points out, he has never really been the super-athletic type of point guard, although he is quite explosive. Parker also mentions that, much like Kobe did a while ago, he does not want to stay in the NBA if he can’t play at a high level. But if anything, Tim Duncan’s resurgence, along with Kobe’s extension and Nash’s long career, have given him some motivation.