San Antonio Spurs starting point guard Tony Parker is currently in a rehab program following surgery to repair his left quadriceps tendon injured in the playoffs and is confident he can play at a high level when he comes back in 2018.
"I will play my best basketball when I return in January,” Parker told L’Equipe, according to Eurohoops.net.
Parker is sidelined for six to eight months and will not return until around the 2018 All-Star Game in February. Parker, 35, averaged 15.9 points, 3.1 assists and 2.5 rebounds before the injury.
"The first thing that came in when I got injured, was frustration. I was super good and we had the chance to go until the end and get the title," Parker said. "The coach’s plan worked like a clock. I was consistent, playing for 20 to 25 minutes per game. My series against Memphis was good and I had a good start in the season."
Parker, a 16-year NBA veteran, all with San Antonio, will make $15.45 million in 2017-18, which is the last year of his contract.
-- Nick Silva