Tony Parker would wake up as early as three in the morning just to watch his favorite Chicago Bulls team. In a place where every kid’s dream is to be like Thierry Henry or Zinedine Zidane, the young Parker already knows what he wants–to be a basketball player more than anything else.
Tony Parker could have been part of the top five draft pick way back. College teams like UCLA or Georgia Tech wanted Parker to play for them. However, Tony opted in to play professional basketball in France. Nobody really knows how good Parker was, from the first pick (Kwame Brown) all the way down to pick number twenty-seven (Jamaal Tinsley). Everyone was clueless except for the Spurs who had been eyeing Parker after he was invited to their summer camp.
Twelve years later, three NBA championships, one finals MVP, a Five-time All-star and a team that sits on top of the NBA standings, Tony is still living under the radar. He was the best point guard in the NBA. He was averaging 20 points per game, seven assists and shooting better than 50 percent from the field. With years of playing and proving everybody year after year with championships around his belt, Tony was never close to being mentioned as the NBA’s season MVP. He doesn’t have Lebron James charisma or the bright lights in Los Angeles. But he had one thing that made a difference… he was consistent.
Chris Paul this season averages 16 points per game and 47.5 field goal percentage. But, Paul always gets the attention regardless. Tony Parker could make a good argument about it but in the end a small market team will somehow stick to what it is ̶ small.
When Parker was still 19 years old on his first year with the Spurs, he was playing with David Robinson and Tim Duncan, two unassuming all-stars that taught him to work hard and to get better. His coach Greg Popovich’s military background has also taught him to be tough and to be consistent. Coach Pop always reminded Tony to never get accolades get into your head never get too high or too low so there won’t be any surprises. Having been matured in an early age, Parker developed into a responsible and competitive player.
Somehow, Tony never really wanted the MVP trophy. For years, he never made a noise about that. However, somewhere deep within he wanted something that he had been working hard for all those years… recognition.
This season, Tony Parker wanted to win one NBA championship for Tim Duncan…With or without the MVP.