Tony Parker is feeling like himself again after an injury-marred 2015 season, but just in case you have some doubts, here's an opportunity for you and young ones to see him up close and personal, while picking up some pointers from the Spurs legend and future Hall-of-Famer.
Parker, in conjunction with ProCamps Worldwide, will be holding an exclusive parent & child instructional basketball camp at Mission Concepcion Sports Park in San Antonio, on Saturday, Oct. 17 from 3-6 p.m.
As you can see, the entry fee isn't cheap, but it covers both you and your child (grades 1-12 eligible) and you get 10 percent off if you use the entry code "Pounding The Rock" through their website here. It would make a sweet early holiday gift for the lil' Spurs fanatic in your life and heck, you get to meet Parker too so it's all good.
In the interest of full disclosure, I get a couple bucks for every one of you that signs up for this, but don't let that influence you in one direction or another. Do it only if you want your kid to meet and get some basketball tips from Tony.
Parker, 33, is gearing up for his 15th NBA season and acknowledged that last year was a tough one for him. He suffered a hamstring injury Dec. 5 at Memphis and it kept out him out of 14 games and limited him in most others. He revealed that his preparation is far more extensive these days than it used to be.
"I have to do everything different," Parker said. "I have to come in an hour before practice, I have a lot of warm-ups, a lot of stuff that they made me do. I had a lot of conversations with Steve Nash to see what he did for his back and stuff like that, so we put that in my program and so far it's working."
Parker made it clear that the extra work isn't a burden or an inconvenience but rather just the life of any veteran athlete. He cited Tim Duncan's example as a motivating force for him on how to thrive as a pro fighting against father time.
"It's just reality if I want to play at the level that I was playing in 2014 when we won the championship, I have to do that," Parker said of his new routine. "It takes more time, more commitment, more sacrifice, but I'm ready to do it, I'll do anything to get back to that championship level."
One thing the star point guard refused to do is put numbers on what he hopes to achieve in the upcoming season, which makes sense because the Spurs of this era have never been about their individual stats.
"I just want to be healthy, to be honest," Parker said. "I don't have a goal stat-wise. My only goal is to be healthy, because I know if I'm healthy, I'll play well."
Confidence like that goes a long way on and off the floor, and who knows what an encouraging word or two from Parker can do for your child's self-esteem. I don't have any kids of my own, but I've heard from multiple people who tell me Parker is really good with them, very comfortable in his own skin, and a good communicator of basic concepts that can carry weight with impressionable kids when they come from a star athlete.
So sign up, meet Tony, and share an experience to remember for the rest of your lives.