The Tony Parker era officially came to an end once he signed with the Charlotte Hornets last week. His last season with the San Antonio Spurs was filled with controversy after he made headlines for his comments regarding Kawhi Leonard's injury that kepy him out for most of the 2017-18 NBA season.
Him saying his quad injury was “100 times worse” than Leonard’s was allegedly the final straw for Leonard and his team. However, the message was misconstrued since Parker was telling him to “stay positive” throughout the rehabilitation process like he did.
While he was not intending to demean Leonard’s injury, it certainly happened regardless.
In an interview with ESPN’s The Undefeated, Parker addressed the situation.
“I have no problem with Kawhi Leonard. We never had an argument. When the journalist asked me if my injury was worse than Kawhi’s, I said yes because it was true. But that didn’t lessen the significance of his injury. He took over the franchise and I gave up the torch of the franchise willingly. It’s very sad that the media took one quote and made it sound like I didn’t want to play with him. He was the face of the franchise.”
The relationship between the Spurs and Leonard has unraveled, and there are several variables to this happening. Both sides could have handled things differently, but moving forward the Spurs will have a different look without Parker.