Pop on Parker and Anderson


With the 2010 San Antonio Spurs’ season closing in fast, Spurs’ coach Gregg Popovich fielded a few questions at the Spurs’ 2010 Media Day.

Project Spurs’ very own Michael De Leon was in attendance and was able to get some quotes from Popovich.

For Pop it was business as usual but one thing is for sure, he immediately squashed any starting point guard controversy between Tony Parker and George Hill.

“Tony is the starter,” said Pop when asked about the rotation between Parker and Hill during last seasons’ playoff run.

And speaking of Parker, with everyone knowing he is in his final contract year with the Spurs, Pop was asked about how he would like to see Parker approach this season.

“I don’t have to think about it. I know how he is going to approach it. He’s going to approach it professionally. His number one interest will be to make our team as good as he possibly can. There’s no other approach that I don’t think he’d even think about.”

As for the newest member of the Spurs, rookie James Anderson, Pop gave Spurs fans a sigh of relief on his health and his hamstring.

“Well he’s ready to go. He is cleared for 5-on-5 play and full practice. He is not in very good shape as you might imagine since he has been in rehab mode all summer. But he is healthy and he’ll slowly have to get in shape then we will see what we have.”

But will Anderson immediately contribute to the team, not even Pop is certain.

“But right now I don’t know where he fits or if he’s going to be able to help us quickly, or if it’s going to take a while or not at all.”

Hopefully the “not at all” option is off the table for Anderson come time for the team’s regular season opener against the Indiana Pacers.