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Tony Parker said if not San Antonio it would have been New York

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Last summer, San Antonio stepped to the plate and worked out a long-term deal to keep Tony Parker a Spur. They made the moves to keep their core together — something questioned by some at the time because why would you keep that past-its-prime core of Parker, Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan together?

Because 29-4, that’s why.

But if the Spurs had not stepped up (four years at $12.5 million per), he was in a New York state of mind, Parker told the Spurs Nation blog at the Express-News.

“Right now, I’m very happy with my decision,” Parker said before joining his teammates for the trip to New York that begins a three-game, four-day Eastern Conference road swing. “I always felt the Spurs are my family, and my first option was San Antonio, but if they didn’t want to keep me, New York was definitely my first option.”

You thought his divorce from Eva Longoria got too much play before, imagine if he was a Knick? Still, as good as Raymond Felton has been this season, imagine how much better the Spurs would be with Parker running their show.

Wizards’ Alan Anderson undergoes another left ankle surgery

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Alan Anderson had surgery last May on his left ankle to remove some bone spurs. This wasn’t seen as anything major, so the Washington Wizards signed him to a deal and are counting on him to bring some versatility and depth to their wings.

However, that same ankle has bothered him since the opening of training camp and on Tuesday the Wizards announced that he had undergone another surgery to “remove a small bony fragment in his left ankle.”

There is no timetable for his return.

The Wizards liked Anderson because of his shooting and versatility — he can play the two, three or four depending on the lineup. The Wizards are counting on a combination of Otto Porter, Jared Dudley, and Anderson to fill the void left by Paul Pierce.

But they are going to have to wait a little while for Anderson to join the party.

Kevin Garnett welcomed Bobby Portis to NBA with veteran trash talk

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Kevin Garnett is as good a trash talker as there is in the NBA right now. He’s one of the games’ legendary talkers.

And he welcomed Bulls rookie Bobby Portis to the NBA in his own special way during Saturday’s Chicago/Minnesota preseason game. From Vincent Goodwill of

Beautiful use of the Honey Nut Cheerios reference.

Hoiberg was a teammate of KG’s back in Minnesota from 2003-2005. Hoiberg did nothing but praise Garnett after the game. He’s probably good with KG pushing Portis.

Watch out for Portis this season, he’s going to show he shouldn’t have fallen so far down the board.