20-Second Timeout: Tony Having All Star Year
by Bill Schoening, the radio voice of the Spurs
While it's true that Steve Nash, the league's reigning MVP, is helping to keep the Phoenix Suns thriving until the return of Amare Stoudamire, it's also hard to imagine where the San Antonio Spurs would be right now without the glistening play of Tony Parker, who should join Nash in Houston as a Western Conference All-Star.
Tony's still only 23 years of age, but now is well into his fifth year as a starting point guard on a championship caliber team, and is enjoying his finest season. He leads the league in points in the paint (490 through 1/17), has the best field goal percentage of any guard in the league (.535 through 1/17), and may be the quickest player in the NBA with the ball from one end of the court to the other (Wouldn't it be great to see a 94 foot race between Parker, TJ Ford, Allen Iverson and Chris Paul?).
In Monday night's win over Memphis, Parker ran circles around the Grizzlies, hitting 12 of 13 shots, most of them on drives to the basket. Parker has improved in nearly every aspect of his game, and comfort level in the system and with his teammates is quite evident.
Here's hoping that Tony is in Houston for the All-Star game...he's certainly deserving.