This year is Charlotte Hornets point guard Tony Parker's 18th season in the NBA. After spending the first 17 years of his NBA career with the San Antonio Spurs, Parker signed a two-year, $10.25 million free agent deal with the Hornets in July.
The Hornets take on the Philadelphia 76ers Saturday night, and Sixers head coach Brett Brown, who spent many years as an assistant coach with the Spurs, has a theory as to why Tony Parker has been able to play for so many seasons.
Interesting comment by 76ers coach (and former Spurs assistant) Brett Brown about @tonyparker longevity: Brown says Parker's mom was a stickler about her kids' diets, particularly limiting sugar intake.
— Rick Bonnell (@rick_bonnell) November 17, 2018
Tony Parker comes off the bench for the Hornets. The 36-year-old is averaging 10.6 points, 1.8 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game on the season while shooting 47.5 percent from the field, 33.3 percent from the 3-point line and 70.0 percent from the charity stripe. Parker is playing roughly 18 minutes a night.
In 1,198 games with the Spurs, Parker cemented himself as one of the best players in franchise history. He compiled career averages of 15.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 5.7 assists. Parker was also six-time All-Star and named the 2007 Finals MVP.
Other than the quad injury Tony Parker suffered in 2017, the Frenchman has been relatively durable throughout his playing career. Looks like Tony Parker needs to thank his mom for that.
Parker and the Hornets enter Saturday with a record of 7-7.