Video: From hardwood to catwalk, Parker gained more than basketball knowledge from parents

As soon as Tony Parker was drafted in 2001 by the San Antonio Spurs and appeared onstage with David Stern, two things were likely apparent to most immediately. The Spurs likely had to do some major overseas scouting to pluck this kid from Paris Basket Racing in France, and, during an event known for it's terrible style choices, bad color combos and whatever you call what Karl Malone wore, Parker was the exception.

The next day, ESPN named him "Best Dressed" of the draft and people were beginning to take notice of this under-the-radar commodity. It was evident then as it is now that Parker has about the same chance of appearing in Sports Illustrated as he does of appearing in People, or even Maxim recently.

And for Parker, basketball and fashion are his comfort zones thanks to his parents. We all know about Tony Sr. and his basketball background, but Parker admits his mother, Pamela Firestone, a former model, influenced his style.

"Every time I do stuff like that, like the cover of Maxim, I try to represent her well because I feel like I'm in her world," Parker said recently in a video provided by Tissot, which is embedded below.

So while other guards like Russell Westbrook and Dwyane Wade take things over the top with glasses, crazy patterns and leather pants, Parker will always have his mother on his mind before he joins those ranks. And while style is important to Parker, I'm sure San Antonians are happy to see him rising in the ranks in MVP short lists over Best Dressed lists.

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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