Despite being in the middle of a playoff campaign with his current squad, Tony Parker does not miss the chance to honor an iconic member of his former member.
The same night, his Hornets destroying a well deserved victory over San Antonio in overtime, Parker joined the Spurs on their flight to San Antonio to witness the withdrawal of the jersey from former teammate Manu Ginobili. The ceremony will be held Thursday, from which Parker will then travel to Los Angeles to join the Hornets for their Friday's game against the Lakers, according to Jeff McDonald of San Antonio Express-News.
Hornets coach James Borrego, who has spent two stints with the Spurs, will also attend the ceremony.
"It's going to be very nostalgic," said Parker. "It will put everything in perspective. You begin to realize all that we have accomplished in this league. It will be emotional. "
Parker's penchant for his old franchise goes hand in hand with his achievements. The French leader spent 17 seasons with the Spurs, a period that included five Star appearances, four NBA championships and the final player title of the 2007 Final. Parker, Ginobili and Tim Duncan formed the core of the 39; the most successful era of Spurs with Gregg Popovich, who has coached the team since 1997.
That being said, Popovich did not exactly roll out his former leader's red carpet on the return flight.
"He's in the back," Popovich said at the Express news.