Look: Hornets’ Tony Parker is feeling nostalgic in return to San Antonio
It’s still hard to imagine Tony Parker in a uniform other than that of the San Antonio Spurs. Even when you are watching him a Charlotte Hornets jersey this season, you still see black, white and silver.
On Monday night, Parker will enter the AT&T Center as an opponent for the first time in his career as the Hornets head to San Antonio to battle the Spurs.
Before the game, Parker took some time to take it all in, staring up at the five banners—four of which he helped raise—hanging from the rafters:
It’s a photo that hits home not just for Parker and Spurs fans, but for NBA fans in general.
Parker is the lone ranger left from the San Antonio trio of Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and himself that dominated the league for a decade and a half, winning four of the five titles the Spurs have collected in their history.
Of course, Duncan won all five, with his first championship coming with David Robinson, Sean Elliott and company in 1999.
The Spurs’ last title came in 2014, when they won 62 games during the regular season and then marched to the Finals, where they thoroughly decimated a LeBron James-led Miami Heat squad that had devastated them the year before.
Parker spent the first 17 years of his career with the Spurs before signing with the Hornets this past summer.
On the season, Tony Parker has played in 37 games off the bench, averaging 9.4 points and 3.8 assists over 18.6 minutes per game while shooting 45 percent from the floor, 25.0 percent from 3-point range and 69.7 percent from the free-throw line.