Originally posted on Project Spurs  |  Last updated 9/24/13
San Antonio Spurs' Gregg Popovich has been there since day one of Tony Parker's NBA career at the ripe age of 19-years old. From throwing Tony right into the fire as a rookie, being very demanding of his play to seeing him become the face of the team, Popovich may not take claim at molding Parker into the MVP-caliber player he is today but he does deserve a pat on the back. So when Team France and Parker captured EuroBasket gold recently, Popovich was quick to shower Parker with praise and say just how proud he is of the All-Star guard. "After the Finals (against Lithuania), I told him two things," says "Pop." "First, I'm incredibly happy for you because it puts you on another level to help your country win is more special than you. Now have a special place in the history of French sports. Secondly, I told him how proud I was of his development." High praise coming from one of the most demanding coaches in the NBA but Parker deserves it and more. What NBA ...
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