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Spurs news: Gregg Popovich says Tony Parker is still a month away from resuming contact drills

After suffering a ruptured left quadriceps injury during last season’s Western Conference semifinals, Tony Parker has since been recovering from it, in an attempt to play during the start of the season.

Just last week though, an update was released about him, moving his timetable for a possible return by November. Now, Gregg Popovich shares the latest news about the French international point guard, and when he can resume basketball-related activities.

According to the veteran head coach, Parker is still a month away from full contact drills, leaving a window for his return to happen sometime in December. However, he also said, via Jeff McDonald of the San Antonio Express-News, that there’s a good chance for that to happen.

Quad injuries are always tricky to deal with and not allowing it to heal completely may result to lingering pain, and even prolonged time on the sidelines for Parker. That said, it is very understandable that the Spurs want to make sure that he is as close to 100 percent when he plays again.

The good news for the Spurs is they still have Patty Mills and Dejounte Murray to run the plays for them on the floor. Both are expected to play a bigger role for them this coming season, and if they’ll do a good job at it while Parker is recovering, it will allow the Spurs to continue their strong pursuit of another title.