Ljubljana, Slovenia (4E Sports) – San Antonio Spurs general manager R.C. Buford has kept the All-Star guard Tony Parker apprised of his offseason strategy even as the latter is in Slovenia playing for France at the EuroBasket.
Buford is one of many NBA executives who have been in attendance at EuroBasket to lend discreet support to their players and assess talent.
With the Spurs’ championship window closing down as Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili closes in on retirement, there is a sense of urgency to win another title.
“Pop (Spurs coach Gregg Popovich) is going to do a great job of resting me, Manu and Tim during the season. We have those young guys — Danny Green, Kawhi Leonard — getting better and better,” said Parker. “So I think we’re going to have a great chance to do it again next year.”
The French team includes three Spurs, with Parker joining Nando de Colo and Boris Diaw on a roster that is getting ready for Friday’s semifinal against Spain in Ljubljana.
According to Parker, Buford wants him to play fewer minutes in the EuroBasket to be ready for the Spurs next season.
Nonetheless, he is happy that the Spurs organization lets him play for his national team.
Parker acknowledged playing through some fatigue in averaging 28.7 minutes during the tournament as he went into training camp barely eight weeks after the Spurs’ grueling postseason run that ended with a Game 7 Finals loss to the Miami Heat.