He says the pronunciation of his name is closer to Che-ago, not Tee-ago. And he says something else.

"Tony Parker is the only one who gets it right," Tiago Splitter said, smiling.

The French in Parker has a sense of the Portuguese in Splitter, and it's telling of a global relationship that is enhanced near the rim. Manu Ginobili was always the one who made his teammates better, yet here is Parker, still scoring like the All-Star he should become today, connecting as he rarely has before.