While Tony Parker's Olympics are in doubt, it appears as if the Spurs' All-Star point guard has avoided a potential tragedy after almost losing his left eye to a shard of glass from a broken bottle thrown during a nightclub fracas in New York City. "It could have been worse," Parker said Monday on his web site. "The rest of my career is not in question." If so, he will have avoided joining an unfortunate fraternity of NBA players whose careers were significantly altered by injuries. Some of the best include:
The 7-foot-5 import from China started off well enough, missing just two games during his first three seasons as he established himself among the best centers in the game. His body began to break down soon after that, with a variety of foot, ankle and leg injuries interrupting his next four campaigns. He nearly made it through the 2008-09 season intact, but what was initially thought to be a sprained ankle was revealed to be a hairline fracture. He sat out the entire year that followed before calling it quits after suffering yet another injury just five games into 2010-11.
Parker avoids membership in unfortunate fraternity
San Antonio Express-News | Jun 26