Report: MRI to Tony Parker’s knee shows “nothing serious”

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Gregg Popovich and R.C. Buford can exhale now.

After tweaking his right knee playing with the French national team against Spain in preparation for EuroBasket (the European championships that start Sept. 7), Tony Parker got an MRI on his knee Monday.

It’s was nothing, the French team announced, via Basket USA. Nothing to see here, move along.

“The tests have confirmed this morning that there was nothing serious at the knee of Tony Parker,” said Patrick Beesley, director teams France.

Parker will continue to train with and play for France in the upcoming tournament.

Of course, that makes the Spurs brass a little nervous as Parker is the lynchpin of the Spurs current success. Yes, Tim Duncan has had resurgence and Kawhi Leonard makes things happen, but Parker is the point guard that directs it all.

San Antonio needs him and needs him healthy to make another deep playoff run. Of course, with Popovich at the helm you know Parker will get plenty of rest during the season. No matter how much that pisses off David Stern.

NBA All-Star, champion Bill Bridges dies at age 76

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Bill Bridges, a star as a Kansas Jayhawk who went on to have a 12-year NBA career that included being part of the 1975 Golden State Warriors championship team, has passed away, according to the University of Kansas.

Bridges was an undersized power forward at 6’6″ but he was a beast on the boards who averaged 11.9 rebounds a game for his career and more than 13 a game for six straight years at the peak of his career. That 11.9 per game average is still 27th all-time in NBA history.

A New Mexico native, Bridges was a three-time All-Star (all as a member of the Hawks), two-time All-NBA Defensive team, and was part of the 1975 Warriors title team. Besides the Hawks (St. Louis and Atlanta) and Warriors, Bridges played for the Sixers and Lakers.

Our thoughts are with his family and friends.

Kevin Love names NBA players he thinks could play in NFL


The majority of guys in the NBA are not built for the NFL. Blake Griffin the tight end makes a huge target for a free safety to line up. Kevin Durant is a little thin. Carmelo Anthony? Come on now.

But there are a few guys who might be able to, and on his show Dan Patrick asks Kevin Love about it today (see the video above). Then DP tries to take the obvious call of LeBron James off the table.

Nate Robinson as a DB? He’s athletic enough but at his height he would be a target for tall receivers. I like Dan Patrick’s suggestion of Russell Westbrook the free safety — he is certainly athletic enough.

Love also picked himself as a QB. Um, no. I’m not sure his outlet passing skills translate.