In Las Vegas to play the World Series of Poker, Tony Parker looked back at the 2013 loss to Spurs, and how that had fueled the whole squad for the following season. A course that could inspire Boston, beaten this year by the Warriors in 6 games.
“For me, the way we lost in 2013 created what happened in 2014. Possibly one of the greatest Finals in NBA history, and perhaps the best Spurs basketball we’ve ever had. has played, with the passing game, everything. The highest level at which we have played in my entire career at Spurs perhaps. It started with a tough loss in 2013. I hate losing. I think about it every day. We were leading by 5 points at 28 seconds. In 99% of cases when it’s like that, you win. And that was the title behind it. But we went to overtime, we lost Game 6, then Game 7. It’s hard to lose like that when you were leading 3-2. »
The following year, San Antonio took revenge on Miami, released in 5 games. Model of circulation and sharing of the ball, the team did not count in its ranks any player with 20 points on average in these 2014 playoffs, whatever the series.
“I’m very proud of the way we came back. It shows the character of the team. That’s what the Celtics need to do. They are still young. We were old and still came back, so they can totally do it. Ime Udoka was also with us at that time, so he can take inspiration from what we went through. We were teammates, then I had him as a coach, he knew everything with us. He knows better than anyone how to bounce back from a tough NBA Finals. ” Tony Parker
“I’ve played a lot of Poker in the plane with my teammates. Now that I got a little bit more time, I can play in the @WSOP.”
Tony Parker showing off the World Series of Poker Main Event bracelet that the winner will take home.
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