Tony Parker kisses girlfriend Axelle Francine after win


Tony Parker seems to have moved on from the long-term relationship he had with Eva Longoria. On Monday night, the San Antonio Spurs guard was spotted smooching girlfriend Axelle Francine after his team swept the Memphis Grizzlies to advance to the NBA Finals.

[Related: Tony Parker engaged to girlfriend Axelle Francine]

Axelle is a French journalist, and Parker has been dating her since we introduced her to you last February. There have been very few public photos of the two since then, but @cjzero shared the one you see above on Monday. Axelle was also seen sitting with security at the game, as @katlyn2times pointed out:

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Marc Gasol checks on Tony Parker after poking him in eye (Video)

Marc GasolThe Memphis Grizzlies were unable to compete with the San Antonio Spurs in the Eastern Conference finals, but at least they showed their opponents some excellent sportsmanship.

Late in the fourth quarter of Game 4, Marc Gasol accidentally poked Tony Parker in the eye while trying to defend a shot. Rather than hustle back to the other end of the floor where the Grizzlies were on offense, Gasol stayed back to make sure Parker was OK.

The Grizzlies scored on their offensive possession despite not having Gasol on that end of the floor, so that may have been karma rewarding them.

“It’s OK. It happens. It’s a very physical series and I know Marc didn’t do it on purpose,” Parker said of the poke after the game.

Parker had 37 points, four rebounds, and six assists in the series-ending 93-86 win. Gasol had 14 points, five rebounds, and five assists in the loss. He also showed much better sportsmanship than a team like the Boston Celtics.

Tony Parker denies he was turned away from Memphis restaurant

Was Tony Parker denied access to a Memphis restaurant because he didn’t have a reservation? Kelly English, a famous chef who owns an eatery called Restaurant Iris, created that impression when he sent out the following tweets on Friday night.

Tony-Parker-SpursAccording to Parker, English must have had him confused with someone else. The Spurs guard insists that he was not denied access to English’s restaurant, nor did he even go out to eat that night.

“I don’t know what is going on with that, man,” Parker told Marc J. Spears of Yahoo! Sports on Sunday. “I did not do that. Can you stop doing promos? Is that a new way of doing promos? That’s a new way of doing promotion now, using my name? I did not do that.”

English is a Grizzlies fan who has the team’s slogan “Grit, Grind” written on his arm in his Twitter avatar photo. Parker said that he heard about the story on Saturday morning and that he rarely eats at restaurants when the Spurs are on the road because he is afraid a fan of the opposing team might do something to his food.

“I stayed in my hotel room, never called or anything,” Parker said. “…I don’t know why you [media] keep fueling that. I guess he’s going to have a lot of people now going to his restaurant because you guys keep talking about it. It’s a great way to promote it with a fake reservation.”

We know Parker has been the victim of some foul play on the court during his team’s series against Memphis, but is he being used as a marketing tool off the court? That seems to be what he’s implying.

Tony Allen trips Tony Parker in open court (Video)

Tony Allen trips Tony ParkerCompetitive instinct seemed to take over for Tony Allen during Game 1 of the Western Conference finals between the Memphis Grizzlies and San Antonio Spurs on Sunday.

Early in the third quarter, Spurs point guard Tony Parker rebounded a Mike Conley miss and was off and running in transition. He took the ball up by the sidelines and did a spin move around Allen, but Allen stuck out his foot and tripped Parker. The two quickly made up and Parker seemed to be a good sport about it, while Allen apologized.

Allen didn’t appear to have any malice with his act — it seemed like he was just trying to stop Parker out of instinct — but tripping a guy like that can be dangerous.

Parker played extremely well during the game. He went 9-of-14 for 20 points and nine assists in San Antonio’s blowout 105-83 win. They were ahead by so much that Tracy McGrady even registered seven minutes, though he did not score. Kawhi Leonard went 4-of-5 on 3-pointers, Matt Bonner was 4-of-6, and Danny Green was 3-for-5. They shot 48.3 percent on their threes. You’re not going to beat the Spurs when they’re making that many outside shots.

Chris Bosh nutmegged by Chris Paul and Tony Parker (Video)

Why does it seem like everyone is picking on Chris Bosh? The Miami Heat big man was nutmegged not once, but twice during the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday in Houston.

First, Chris Paul, who won MVP honors, went through the big man’s legs by the baseline during the second quarter. Then just before the first half ended, Tony Parker did the same thing.

Paul later explained in an interview with TNT’s David Aldridge that Bosh was playing up so close on the point guards, that was their only way around him. Hey, whatever works.

Bosh did get CP3 back though by photobombing the point guard’s MVP moment:

Chris Bosh Chris Paul photobomb

Photo via @WorldofIsaac

Tony Parker treated to a fancy desert to celebrate his first career triple-double

Of all the great things Tony Parker has accomplished throughout his career with the San Antonio Spurs, a triple-double was not one of them prior to Monday night’s win over the Houston Rockets. When a guard plays more than 11 seasons before picking up his first triple-double, the accomplishment calls for a celebration.

Following the game, Parker was treated to a custom desert at a restaurant congratulating him on the big game. The 30-year-old veteran scored 27 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and dished out 12 assists, so he even had some room to spare. Hopefully he also had room left after his meal for that delicious-looking whatever it was.

H/T Boris Diaw on Twitter via Deadspin for the photo

Manu Ginobli: Photo of Tim Duncan and Tony Parker aiming gun at Joey Crawford just a joke

Tim Duncan and Tony Parker decided to have a little too much fun at a Halloween party this year, and now they are hearing about it from all angles. As you can see from the photo above that was posted on Reddit and quickly made the internet rounds, Parker and Duncan dressed up as characters from “The Avengers” and held fake guns to the head of a person dressed as NBA officiating veteran Joey Crawford.

Many people thought the bit was violent and in poor taste. Parker and Duncan were not made available for comment on Monday, but teammate Manu Ginobili didn’t think the costumes were a big deal.

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