Entering the NBA Finals, the main topic of discussion is Tony Parker’s health. Re-injuring his ankle during Game 6 of the Western Conference finals, there are many people worried that if he isn’t 100 percent, the series could swing toward the Miami Heat’s favor, allowing the LeBron James-led team to win their third NBA Finals in a row.
But according to Tony Parker, he’s completely healthy and ready to go.
“I’m trying to be very positive. I’m trying to do everything I can: Eat healthy, get my rest, and do all the treatment and just trust my body,” said Parker when asked about his overall health at practice. “I’ve been playing for four years nonstop since 2010, no vacation, made three conference finals, made two Finals with the national team, so we was going all the way, but my I’m very proud of my body and yes I had some little stuff, you know, wear and tear, but I’m still here and I trust my body to be able to hold up for the whole series.”
If Parker isn’t healthy, this years Finals could look similar to last years as he was dealing with a nagging calf injury that limited his play. In the 2013 Finals, Parker averaged 15.7 points and 6.4 assists per game. With his speed affected by the injury, Parker was stifled often by Lebron James late in games, taking away the number one option on the Spurs offense.
But if he says he’s completely healthy now, he’s healthy. The only way we as fans will know is when the NBA Finals begin.