Parker changes tone

Spurs guard Tony Parker on Tuesday backed off comments made to French journalists last month that San Antonio can no longer likely contend for another championship. “You know newspapers need stories and to talk about stuff, and I’m in a great situation to know what it is,” Parker (pictured right) said. “I love the Spurs. I love being a Spur. I re-signed (for) four years so if I didn’t believe we can win a championship I would not have signed.” Parker didn’t try to clarify the remarks made last month in Paris, a few weeks after the 61-win Spurs were upset in the first round by eighth-seeded Memphis. An article on FIBA’s website quoted Parker as saying, “We will always have a good team but can no longer say we’re playing for a championship.” – AP


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