Tony Parker reportedly has a new girlfriend named Axelle (Picture)

Personally, I would never get over a split with Eva Longoria. That blow would just be too much for me to handle. I guess that’s why I’m not Tony Parker. Well, that and I suck at playing basketball — but this isn’t about that. According to the NY Post, the woman above is Parker’s new girlfriend. She is a French woman named Axelle, and the two were reportedly spotted shopping together on Thursday night with a source saying, “They shopped for about two hours together and looked very romantic.” Another source close to Parker told the Post, “They are an item.”

Parker was also seen attending a tennis tournament with Axelle back in November, so apparently this has been going on for a little while. If you remember, Parker and Longoria split up after Eva suspected Tony was involved with Brent Barry’s ex-wife. Parker suspected Longoria was involved with Lance Armstrong. He has since dated a French beauty queen and now Axelle, who meets the standard he has set as you can see. I wish I was a rich, French basketball player.

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Tony Parker: Gregg Popovich Has Mellowed Thanks to Age, Wine

Gregg Popovich is widely regarded as one of the best coaches in the NBA. Many people consider him to be the best. He’s also changed over the years, according to Tony Parker.

“As he gets older and drinks more wine, he gets more patient,” the Spurs point guard said.

“I always tell the rookies they’re lucky,” Parker said. “Because it’s nothing like when I was a rookie. He’s so nice to them.”

According to the San Antonio Express-News, Parker had been waiting for an eruption from Popovich all season but he hadn’t seen one until Wednesday night. The Spurs came out of halftime playing poorly against the Hawks, so Pop did a mass substitution, benching many players. The overhaul resulted in an easy 105-83 win.

San Antonio is 12-7 on the season, so whatever coaching method Pop’s been using seems to have been working. Maybe it’s the wine, maybe it’s not. If it is the alcoholic grape juice, I just hope it’s not any ******* Merlot.

Chest bump to Ball Don’t Lie, True Hoop

Tony Parker’s New Girlfriend is French Beauty Queen Barbara Morel

The French press says Spurs point guard Tony Parker has a new girlfriend, and it’s beauty queen Barbara Morel. The first reports about Parker’s new girl emerged three weeks ago, but I didn’t see it until Spurs Nation reported it (via IamaGM.com).

According to their information, Morel is a 20-year-old girl who won Miss Nationale in France. She is also a trade and commerce student in Saint-Lambesc, Bouches du Rhône. The youth of Morel should be a nice change from Parker’s previous wife, Eva Longoria.

If you recall, Parker and ex-wife Eva Longoria divorced in November. Eva was suspicious about Tony’s relationship with Brent Barry’s ex, and Tony was suspicious of Eva and Lance Armstrong.

Given that Tony’s play seemed to improve after he broke up with Longoria, we can only imagine what sort of wonders Morel can work on his game. Check out some pics of Morel to see what we mean.

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Gregg Popovich: I Don’t Care What Tony Parker Says

A few weeks ago, Tony Parker had a lapse in judgment.  The Spurs guard probably realizes now that it isn’t a good idea to write your team off as a championship contender, especially when you are going to be playing with that team until 2015.  Naturally, Parker backed off of the comments he made about the Spurs being finished, but Gregg Popovich was obviously rubbed the wrong way by what he said.

“You think I care what Tony Parker says?” Popovich told WOAI-TV via Spurs Nation. “You think Tony Parker is gonna coach when he quits? Why would I listen to Tony Parker.”

Pop was then reminded that Parker owns a basketball team in France, and he responded by piling it on his All-Star guard even further.

“He can own but he can’t coach,” Popovich continued. “Get your ass out there and play, Tony. Tie the score. But talk about basketball, I don’t need Tony for that.”

What is interesting about all this is that Parker made it a point to take back what he said and assure everyone he would not have signed a four-year extension with the Spurs if he thought they couldn’t contend.  Despite the backpedaling, Pop still had to show that the remarks annoyed him.  Popovich sounded more like a coach talking about an ex-player than someone on the current roster.  While this isn’t the first time there have been signs of the two not getting along, they have plenty of time left in the offseason before they have to get over it.

Tony Parker Benched for Lack of Defense, Stomach Bug Possibly to Blame

If there’s one thing we learned from the Spurs 94-91 victory over the Timberwolves on Sunday, it’s that Gregg Popovich doesn’t play favorites with his stars.  The Spurs may be the best team in the NBA with a 31-6 record, and Tony Parker may be averaging 17.5 points and 6.8 assists per game, but that didn’t stop Pop from benching him on Sunday for what he considered to be a lack of effort on defense.

In the fourth quarter, Parker stood to the side and watched Minnesota guard Luke Ridnour drive by him and dish the ball to Kevin Love for a dunk before Popovich yanked him from the game and gave him an earful.  The Spurs guard watched the remainder of the game from the bench.

It should be noted that Parker missed Friday night’s game against Indiana because of a stomach ailment, but he assured Popovich he was good to go on Sunday.  Whether the stomach issue came into play or not, ready to go is ready to go.  When Parker said he could play that meant he could play without restriction.  That included playing defense.

It’s been a bit of a rough first half of the season for Parker, who first went through a divorce and was now summoned to the bench for not trying.  While Tony’s numbers may have suffered slightly, the Spurs have improved since the Parker-Longoria split and are playing some of their best basketball in years.

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Have Spurs, Tony Parker Improved Since Eva Longoria Divorce?

The San Antonio Spurs are fresh off a 15-point win over the Lakers and have the best record in the NBA. They’re 27-4 and have enjoyed winning streaks of nine and 12 games throughout the season. Point guard Tony Parker has had one of his best years, averaging a career high in assists and steals while shooting extremely well. His strong play, coinciding with the team’s impressive play, is especially surprising given the turmoil in his life.

Parker and soon-to-be ex-wife Eva Longoria filed for divorce, with each side suspecting the other of cheating. In light of the team’s stellar season, LBS contributor Big Daddy wondered if Parker and the Spurs have been playing better since the divorce. The hypothesis was so intriguing we had to investigate.


    > Spurs: 9-1 record (.900 winning percentage)
    > Parker: 18.6ppg, 7.6apg, 2.8rpg, 52.4 FG%, 80.9 FT%


    > Spurs: 18-3 record (.857 winning percentage)
    > Parker: 17.6ppg, 6.8apg, 3.3rpg, 51.7 FG%, 69.5 FT%

Parker’s numbers were stronger pretty much across the board prior to the divorce, but both he and the Spurs have played so well the entire season it’s hard to say the Longoria news played any role in their season. The only question is if they’ll be able to stay healthy and keep up their strong year during the playoffs. With Parker playing as well as he is, they sure can.

Tony Parker Reportedly Was Suspicious of Eva Longoria and Lance Armstrong

Whatever distractions Tony Parker has battled since his divorce from Eva Longoria, he hasn’t seemed to be bothered on the court. The Spurs are 18-3 and have the best record in the league while Parker has averaged a career-high 7.1 assists per game. Parker’s also shooting 51.8% from the field and a career-high 79.5% on free throws. The focus he’s maintained is shocking in light of the public beating he’s taken.

Parker’s “loyalty” rating in a video game plummeted to zero, and all the entertainment/girly mags only present Eva’s side of the divorce. Because he’s not best friends with Mario Lopez and because he doesn’t feed stories to People, US Weekly, and E!, he’s depicted as a villanous creature while Eva is painted as the victim in the relationship. That apparently is not the case.

Sports by Brooks shared possible details of Longoria’s promiscuous ways when the news first came out, and it’s the side her people don’t want you to see. Additionally, the National Enquirer is getting behind things as well, revealing a more balanced perspective.

According to the Enquirer, “The latest bombshell in the Desperate Housewives star’s nasty divorce battle has Tony Parker wondering if Eva carried on an affair with bicycling champ Lance Armstrong! … It was Eva’s close ties with fellow Texan and Tour de France champ Lance Armstrong that sent Tony’s suspicions into overdrive.”

Lance Armstrong does not exactly have the cleanest dating record, and his character has been called into question before, so engaging in a relationship with Longoria would not be a surprise. I really don’t care what went on between Parker and Longoria’s sham of a marriage, nor about their cheating partners. But I do care about both sides of a story being told, and this helps people see the other side.