Hornets’ Tony Parker stands by decision to leave Spurs amid string of injuries
The Spurs have been dealing with plenty of injuries to key players ahead of the 2018-19 season, with rookie Lonnie Walker IV and point guards Dejounte Murray and Derrick White all set to miss significant time due to different fitness issues. Rudy Gay is also reportedly set to be sidelined with an inflamed bursa.
San Antonio is noticeably shorthanded on the point guard position as Murray and White were initially slated to share the ball-handling duties this season. However, while the blow could have been lighter had Parker stayed with the Spurs, the Frenchman stood by his decision and said he doesn’t feel guilty with what happened.
After playing tonight in Dallas, Charlotte's Tony Parker said he's well aware of the Spurs' "bad luck" with injuries losing "three young guys in a row" in the backcourt but made it clear he has "no" regrets about signing with the Hornets as opposed to staying in San Antonio
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) October 13, 2018
Parker spent the entirety of his 17-year NBA career with the Spurs before signing a two-year deal with the Hornets in the summer. He is expected to serve as a backup to All-Star point guard Kemba Walker.
The 36-year-old Parker had the worst season of his career with San Antonio last year, averaging just 7.7 points and 3.5 assists in 51 games (21 starts). And while San Antonio would miss the veteran playmaker who helped them win four NBA championships, they can no longer do anything but imagine what would have been had he stayed.
For the Spurs, they will be hoping for the best in the recovery of their key players. Murray is likely out of the season but White could recover soon, especially with recent reports citing that he might need only two to four weeks.