Spurs’ Parker expects to return in 4-5 months

San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker said he expects to be back on the court in four to five months as he continues to recover from the torn quad tendon he suffered in the second round of last season’s playoffs.

“It’s OK. It’s getting better and better,” Parker told Argentina’s LPG TV, per MySanAntonio.com.

“I’m starting to run like a little bit. I’m walking pretty well. I think it’s still going to be a long process. It’s still going to take like another four or five months, but I am very happy with the progresses. I am advancing in my rehab.”

Parker originally estimated he would return around January, and the 4-5 month time frame could put him back as early as December. Veteran Patty Mills and Dejounte Murray will handle the point guard duties until Parker returns.

Parker, 35, underwent surgery on May 5 to repair the tendon that was ruptured during Game 2 of the Spurs’ second-round series against the Houston Rockets. Parker had been averaging 15.9 points and 3.1 assists during the playoffs.

San Antonio went on to eliminate Houston before losing to the Golden State Warriors in the Western Conference Finals.

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