News Briefs: Splitter Out, Parker to New York rumors resurface

• Splitter still out

According to xinhuanet.com Tiago Splitter will not play in a tournament in Spain, due to injury, but Splitter hopes to represent Brazil in the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.

Nene and Splitter are expected to return to the court in the Internacional Tournament which take place from Aug. 22 to 24 in Lyon, France, just days before the 2010 World Championship tip off in Turkey on August 28.

I think Spurs fans can agree with me in hoping that this is the only injury we hear about from Splitter this summer.

And in case you missed it, check out our exclusive interview with Splitter by clicking HERE.

Parker• Longoria-Parker fuels New York Rumors

Tony Parker and Eva Longoria-Parker were in New York for a soccer game and for the World Basketball Festival this weekend.

Rumors of Parker going to the Knicks have been rampant all summer long and Longoria-Parker did little to stop the speculation by telling a New York Post reporter that Parker indeed wants to play for the Knicks.

Asked if Parker’s presence meant he was coming to New York, she responded, “No, we’re just here watching [Henry].”

Asked if her husband wanted to come to New York, she quickly flashed a smile, nodded her head and said, “Yes.”

While we hope Parker stays in the silver & black for years to come, the Spurs should start looking at their options quickly to see if they may be able to get something of value in return to prevent from seeing him walk away from San Antonio and the franchise next summer.

• Spurs using new statistics software

According to the San Antonio Business Journal, the Spurs have purchased Visual Data Discovery from SAS software.

No, SAS does not stand for San Antonio Spurs. It is a business analytics software that is used at over 45,000 sites in over 100 companies.

The visual data discovery product features interactive statistical graphs, data filtering, visual analytics and more.

“SAS is a powerful competitive weapon for teams analyzing player performance with the goal of improving team performance,” says Craig Duncan, manager of sports and entertainment at SAS.” The challenge is that information can be hard to consolidate and even harder to analyze for useful insights. With game-changing solutions from SAS, organizations like the Spurs are using statistics to create a competitive advantage.”

About Michael A. De Leon

Michael founded Project Spurs in 2004. He started The Spurscast, the first Spurs podcast on the Internet, in 2005. Michael has been interviewed by the BBC, SportTalk, the Sports Reporters Radio Show, MemphisSportLive, OKC Sports Wrap and ESPN radio among others. He is a credentialed member of the media for the San Antonio Spurs and Austin Toros. He is also the founder of Project Spurs' sister sites, Toros Nation and Stars Hoops.

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