Rudy Gay can sympathize with Tony Parker's return from injury

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker (9) drives around Dallas Mavericks forward Maximilian Kleber (42) during the first half of an NBA basketball game, Monday, Nov. 27, 2017, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

If there is one player on the San Antonio Spurs roster who knows what it is like to come back from an injury it is Rudy Gay. As we all know, Rudy suffered an Achilles injury last season that could of possibly ended his career.

Now, 29 games from the injury, Rudy has found his groove once again as a vital member of the Spurs off the bench.

But another Spur had to endure the rehabilitation process and face murmurs of his career ending - Tony Parker.

Parker missed the Spurs' first 12 games as he was recovering from a quadriceps injury in which he underwent surgery for. It was a long, grueling process but Parker is back and in rare form.

“I know better than anybody else. When you go through an injury you have to get your confidence back, get your legs under you first and then get your confidence back," said Gay on Parker's return.

Tony is back and has played nine games for San Antonio, starting each one. He is averaging 8.4 points, 4.4 assists and 2.3 rebounds per game. In his first game back against the Dallas Mavericks, he finished with six points and four assists in 14 minutes of play.

As well as he played against Dallas, it would be his second game against the Memphis Grizzlies that we would see Tony looking like the player of old. He was slashing, penetrating and controlling the offense like only he knows how.

When he is on the floor, the offense flows, he doesn’t hold the ball he keeps it moving. He is the leader on the floor and it shows.

Rudy though sees how Parker is adjusting from his injury and sees the kind of job he is doing with it.

“He’s doing that pretty quickly and in limited minutes so he’s doing a great job," said Gay.

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