Over their championship years, the San Antonio Spurs had many players come and go, but several stayed as constants. On the roster during four of the team’s championship runs were a trio consisting of Tony Parker, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginobili. All three players were All-Stars during their career, and now Duncan is heading into the Hall of Fame. Six time All-Star Tony Parker has nothing but love for his former teammate too.
Parker Calls Playing with Duncan on Spurs an ‘Honor’
ESPN-owned website The Undefeated recently interviewed Tony Parker during the coronavirus pandemic. He spoke about having in-laws who contracted coronavirus overseas. In addition, he praised former teammate Tim Duncan for his selection for the 2020 Hall of Fame class.
“What a surprise, ha. For me, he’s the best power forward all time. He has the best winning percentage. Five titles. Everything he did in San Antonio was first-class,” Parker commented.
“So, for me, it was just an honor to play with him. It is great to have teammates like that to grow with and have all those battles. We will have those memories forever. Hopefully, it will happen in September. I will definitely be there to support him,” Parker said.”
Parker played almost the entirety of his career with the Spurs from 2001 through 2018, before playing one season with the Charlotte Hornets. Tim Duncan was there four seasons before Parker arrived, winning a first championship with “The Admiral” David Robinson.
While Tim Duncan is soon to be a Hall of Famer, it’s hard to imagine he’d have won those championships without his great supporting cast, including Parker. Still, it’s clear Parker knows that Duncan was the main star who powered their championship drive.
Duncan Part of an Impressive HOF class
When Tim Duncan enters the Hall of Fame, he’ll be part of quite the group of talent. He’s among the headliners with WNBA star Tameka Catchings, Boston Celtics champion Kevin Garnett, and the late Los Angeles Lakers great Kobe Bryant.
Each of those players has impressive credentials with Bryant and Duncan each having five NBA championships. It’s what all NBA players aspire to. Many players in the Hall of Fame were unable to capture one. Bryant and Duncan also combined for 33 All-Star selections and three MVP Awards.
As far as when Tim Duncan and his 2020 group will go into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, that’s still set for this coming August 28 to 30th. However, with the way events have been postponed or canceled, it could change.
Earlier this month during a Sirius XM Radio appearance, Jerry Colangelo suggested it could be moved to October 9 to 11th, or possibly next summer if needed. Either way, Tony Parker seems intent to be there in support of his former Spurs teammate Tim Duncan.