Tony Parker says he's cleared to return to court, aiming at a November return
It seems San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker is very well on his way to being back on the floor after suffering a left quadriceps muscle tear in last season's playoffs and could be back on the floor in November.
In an interview with LeEquipe, the Spurs point guard says his torn tendon is completely healed, has been cleared by his doctors to return to the court and is shooting for a return to the floor in November and not January.
I got some good news! My tendon is healed. I worked a lot and it paid. For me to be as much ahead of my recovery today.
I have the green light from the doctors. Now I can be on the floor! But I obviously need to get back into shape. I think I need another two months. My goal is to come back at the end of November, which would be almost two months ahead of what was announced just after the operation, where we were talking about mid-January.
This is fantastic news considering the significant injury he suffered which many felt it may have been career-ending.
However, it may be prudent for Tony to ease back on the court and not rush back. The last thing he and the Spurs need is for him to re-aggravating his injury and miss the entire season or a fraction.
In addition, he will have to really convince the Spurs' team doctors, and coach Gregg Popovich he is ready to go earlier than expected.
And anyway, even for late November, I will have to convince Pop (Gregg Popovich, coach of the Spurs) now. If it were up to him, I would not play before the playoffs.
Should Parker be back in November, this will the team significantly. He veteran presence, Spurs' "corporate knowledge" and his steady hand on the court will help San Antonio in the ultra-competitive Western Conference.
Earlier this month, Danny Green stated Parker might be back sooner than later and it seems he may have been right.
In the meantime, Spurs guard Dejounte Murray is expected to be the starting point guard once the 2017-18 season tips off.
Thoughts Spurs fans? Let me know on Twitter at @JeffGSpursZone.