Spurs' Parker plans to return in January following quad surgery
Spurs' Parker plans to return in January following quad surgery

Tony Parker doesn't expect his latest surgery to end his career, as he intends to return and play better than ever.

The San Antonio Spurs point guard recently told L'Equipe (via Euro Hoops) that he expects to return to action months into the 2017-18 regular season after going under the knife to repair a ruptured left quadriceps tendon.

"I will play my best basketball when I return in January," the 35-year-old said.

Parker was ruled out for the remainder of the postseason after suffering the injury in Game 2 of the second round against the Houston Rockets. He went up for a floater in the lane and had his knee buckle under him.

The Frenchman had to be carried off the court by his teammates, and was then carted off to the locker room in a wheelchair.

Parker finished the playoffs averaging 15.9 points on 52.6 percent shooting, along with 3.1 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 26.4 minutes. San Antonio advanced to the Western Conference finals without his services - Patty Mills was inserted into the starting lineup - only to lose in a clean sweep to the Golden State Warriors.

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The 2017-18 campaign would mark Parker's 17th in the Association, during which he'll make $15.4 million in the final year of his contract.

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