The San Antonio Spurs won their fifth NBA Championship since 1999 when they closed out the Miami Heat in five games with a 104-87 victory on Sunday night.
Head coach Gregg Popovich and power forward Tim Duncan have been a part off all those titles while point guard Tony Parker has now been a part of four of those championships. Parker was selected by the Spurs with the 28th-overall pick of the first round in 2001 NBA Draft and joined the Spurs that season. He helped the Spurs win titles in 2003, 2005 and 2007 and was named MVP of the 2007 NBA Finals.
Parker may have had the best season of his career in the 2012-2013 season, but it ended in disappointing fashion when the Spurs were defeated by the Miami Heat in seven games in the finals. During game 6 of the finals, the Spurs had a 3-2 lead and were on the verge of claiming the title. The Spurs held a five-point lead with just 28 seconds left, but after a LeBron James three-pointer, Kawhi Leonard made just one of two free throws. Then, Ray Allen hit a three from the corner to tie things up and the Heat eventually won in overtime 103-100. In game 7, they defeated the Spurs 95-88 in game 7 to claim their second straight title. That kind of heartbreak is why Parker believes the 2014 title is the “sweetest one.”
“It’s the sweetest one,” Parker said. “It’s unbelievable to win seven years ago and to come so close last year.”
Parker averaged 18.0 points and 4.6 assists per game in the 2014 Finals.
You can watch Parkers’ entire press conference below.