Spurs guard Tony Parker out for “foreseeable future”

Feb 14, 2014; New Orleans, LA, USA; Western Conference guard Tony Parker during the 2014 NBA All Star game Player Press Conferences at New Orleans Hyatt. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

The San Antonio Spurs have fought through a variety of injuries in route to a steller 38-15 record this season, but the newest revelation could cost them dearly.

According to various reports including Mike Monroe’s above, Gregg Popovich indicated on Tuesday afternoon that his star point guard, Tony Parker, will be on the shelf for the “foreseeable future” due to various ailments. Parker appeared in the All-Star game on Sunday (for reasons unknown), but missed 2 games during San Antonio’s recent road trip as a result of back trouble, and there have been rumblings of a sprained left hand that may have affected his play.

Parker has probably been the best player on the San Antonio roster this season, averaging 17.7 points and 6.2 assists per game with a PER near 20, but at 31 years old, he isn’t getting any younger, and the Spurs are notoriously careful with their superstars. San Antonio has played without Kawhi Leonard and Tiago Splitter for long periods of time, but any long-term absence from Parker could be damning, especially given his overall value to the team.

It’s probably too early to peg down timelines on his potential return, but “foreseeable future” is never a good sign, even when it comes from Gregg Popovich and the notoriously coy Spurs.

Topics: San Antonio Spurs, Tony Parker

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