Video: Spurs coach Gregg Popovich hugs it out with Tony Parker after game vs. Hornets
Tony Parker and Pop embrace following the Hornets' win. 👏 pic.twitter.com/MMHgZoQQS0
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Tony Parker had eighth points, three rebounds and four assists for the Hornets in the 108-93 victory. Kemba Walker led them to victory, scoring 33 points to go along with four rebounds and five assists while shooting 13-of-27 from the field.
For the Spurs, LaMarcus Aldridge had another big game, scoring 28 points, grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out four assists. But it wasn’t enough for Popovich and company to come out on top versus the Hornets.
Popovich had a lot to say about his former point guard before the game.
Pop told the San Antonio-Express News that he felt anxious about seeing Parker:
“It will really look weird, won’t it, seeing him in another uniform. The situation is great for him. He is doing a great job. He’s playing. He’s a special young man, I always felt like a second daddy to him over the years, and he’s been like a son in all kinds of ways. Anxious to see him.”
Popovich and Parker go way back. He was a mainstay during the Spurs’ dynasty in the mid-2000s. Those teams with Manu Ginobili, Tim Duncan and Parker were a fierce, competitive squad that earned four NBA world championships together. Duncan may get most of the recognition, but Parker was the one orchestrating the offense and keeping everyone in check at all times. He will not be forgotten by Spurs fans.