Behind the scenes, the birthday fastened his tie just so, cinching into a knot just so before ambling up to the interview podium to meet his public.
It was there, in front of a national television audience, that the newly turned 30-year-old Tony Parker was forced to confront the obvious.
Yes, he was old now too.
"I've fought it the whole season," Parker said. "Now I have to let it go."
The team everyone still thinks is older than dirt inducted a new member to the 30-and-over club Thursday, the same day they raced past the Los Angeles Clippers 105-88 in Game 2 of the Western Conference semifinals.
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