San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker made an incredible return to the court after his left quadriceps muscle injury in last season's playoff series versus Houston.
After a grueling rehab and some time in the G-League, Parker made his debut earlier this week against Dallas and made an instant impact in limited minutes. In 14 minutes versus Dallas, he scored six points off 42-percent shooting and handed out four assists.
And he continued to show no signs of ever stopping in a home-and home series against Memphis.
“I haven’t seen any rust at all. He’s been playing five-on-five for a while back in San Antonio," said Head Coach Gregg Popovich. "That pretty much got the rust off of him. He looked like he hadn’t missed a beat."
Since his debut, Parker continues to make in impact on the team.
After three games back, he is averaging 8.0 points, 4.3 assists, and 45-percent shooting including a 10 point outing against Memphis in San Antonio.
Said Popovich, "He’s been good both games; very steady, very solid. That’s what we’ve been noticing.”
On average, he is averaging 16 minutes per game and his minutes will continued to be monitored as the season moves along. With leg surgery to repair his quad, and a long period away from the court, Popovich will continue to ease him back.
"I am good," said Parker after the Spurs' win over Memphis. "I don’t feel anything. No pain."
Slow and steady is what's in order for Parker but he's seen an uptick in minutes logging 14 minutes in his regular-season debut against Dallas and 17, and 16 minutes in the last two outings.
"So we just continue to look forward for him to continue to improve and get in better shape and be able to play more minutes on the floor with us,” Popovich said. "I’m sure he’s not in great shape, but we’re limiting his minutes."