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Tony Parker stole Larry O’Brien trophy to take picture with new baby

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Tony Parker had himself some unauthorized alone time with the Larry O’Brien trophy after the San Antonio Spurs won the NBA title, but he had a great reason for it. During his appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” Thursday night, Parker admitted that he stole the championship trophy so he could bring it home and snap a photo with his newborn baby.

“Actually, I stole the trophy the night of the celebration,” Parker told Kimmel while discussing the photo. “I stole it. True story. I was like, ‘I want to keep the trophy tonight.’ So I left with it and everybody was calling me like, ‘Tony did you take the trophy?’

“I’ll bring it back tomorrow. I just wanted to take a picture with Josh. I wanted to have a good memory, so I took it.”

Parker has helped the Spurs win four of those bad boys, so I’m sure nobody minded. Hey, it’s better than what Mark Cuban did with the Larry O’Brien trophy after the Dallas Mavericks won it a few years back.

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Tony Parker gives Tim Duncan a champagne bath (GIF)

Tim Duncan is easily the biggest storyline from the San Antonio Spurs being crowned the 2013-2014 NBA champions. Duncan won his fifth NBA title on Sunday night. The 38-year-old played like he was fresh out of college and still has 10 good seasons left in him. Tony Parker, who has been with Duncan for four of his championships, gave the big fella a well-deserved shower after the game.

Duncan had just finished sharing a nice moment with Gregg Popovich (who was smiling once again) when Parker came over and poured a bottle of champagne over Timmy’s head. I’m sure it felt just as good the fifth time as it did the first four.

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With Sunday night’s win, Duncan should easily go down as one of the best players to ever play the game.

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Gregg Popovich praises Tony Parker during Game 3 (Video)

Gregg-Popovich-Tony-ParkerThe San Antonio Spurs stole home court advantage back from the Miami Heat on Tuesday night with a dominating 111-92 victory in Game 3. Kawhi Leonard led the way for the Spurs with 29 points on 10-for-13 shooting, while the usual suspects like Tim Duncan and Tony Parker had more modest stat lines. That didn’t stop Gregg Popovich from taking the time to praise his veteran point guard.

Pop put a sub in for Parker with a few minutes remaining and grabbed him as he was heading to the bench.

“Great leadership,” Pop told Parker. “You didn’t get 30 (sic) … great leadership and solid, solid play with the ball.”

Parker only turned the ball over once, which is probably the stat Popovich is most impressed with. Protecting the ball against a fast time like Miami is incredibly important, and it is one of the reasons the Spurs dominated from start to finish.

Also, Pop’s chat with Parker shows you that Game 3 of the NBA Finals is just a little more important than some other playoff games. Remember when he completely stonewalled Parker and Duncan with San Antonio leading by 30 toward the end of a Game 7 earlier this postseason? The stakes are a bit higher now.

This assist from Tony Parker to Tim Duncan was pretty sweet (Video)

Prior to Game 1 between the San Antonio Spurs and Portland Trail Blazers, some were saying that Damian Lillard had surpassed Tony Parker as a point guard. Parker decided to remind us … not so fast, my friends!

Parker led the Spurs with 33 points and 9 assists in an easy 116-92 Game 1 win over Portland. One of his assists included this magical pass behind his head to Tim Duncan. Makes you wonder how he does it sometimes. Does he have eyes in the back of his head? He had to for this one.

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Gregg Popovich stonewalls Tony Parker, Tim Duncan with Spurs up nearly 30

Apparently no lead is large or satisfying enough when you’re Gregg Popovich.

The San Antonio Spurs just crushed the Dallas Mavericks in Game 7 of their first-round playoff series on Sunday and were up by nearly 30 points early in the fourth quarter. Tim Duncan exited the game a minute into the fourth with his team up by 28 and got a standing ovation from the fans, but he got no such reaction from Pop, who was still busy coaching as if it were a nail-biter.

A few minutes earlier in the game, the same thing happened with Tony Parker. Parker came out with 1:56 left in the third and the Spurs up 89-65, and Pop just stonewalled him, too:

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Hey Pop, why so serious?

At least Pop loosened up after the game was over. Maybe he was too busy thinking about how tough Portland will be in the next round.

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Tony Parker shoots worst free throw attempt in history (Video)

Tony-Parker-free-throwSan Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker is one of the better free throw shooters in the NBA. In fact, he has improved significantly over the years. During his rookie season, Parker shot 67.5% from the line. He shot 84.5% last year and is over 80% again this season. That doesn’t make him immune to embarrassing moments at the charity stripe.

During the third quarter of a loss to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night, Parker somehow got distracted while shooting a technical free throw. Either the official said something to him as he was getting ready to shoot or he realized the whistle hadn’t been blown yet. Whatever the case, the result was hilarious.

Unfortunately, the attempt didn’t count. Parker sunk the actual free throw. Had the miss counted, Parker would have dethroned that Appalachian State player for the worst free throw attempt in basketball history.

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Tony Parker, Nicolas Anelka in trouble for making controversial ‘quenelle’ gesture

Nicolas-Anelka-quenelle-gestureSan Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker and Premier Leaguer striker Nicolas Anelka — both natives of France — have found themselves in hot water for making a controversial gesture that many perceive to be anti-Semitic. Anelka made the gesture, known as the “quenelle” salute, after scoring a goal on Saturday. A photo of Parker making the gesture alongside French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala surfaced over the weekend.

Some people believe the gesture is an inversion of the Nazi salute that has been made popular by Dieudonne. Parker, who said the photo of him and the comedian was several years old, released a statement of apology on Monday.

“While this gesture has been part of French culture for many years, it was not until recently that I learned of the very negative concerns associated with it,” Parker said, via ESPN.com. “When l was photographed making that gesture three years ago, I thought it was part of a comedy act and did not know that it could be in any way offensive or harmful.

“Since I have been made aware of the seriousness of this gesture, I will certainly never repeat the gesture and sincerely apologize for any misunderstanding or harm relating to my actions. Hopefully this incident will serve to educate others that we need to be more aware that things that may seem innocuous can actually have a history of hate and hurt.”

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