The upside: San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker led his Team to a 105-83 beat down against the Memphis Grizzlies Sunday in Game 1 of the Western Conference Finals. Parker played 33 minutes, scoring 20 points and nine assists to lead his team to victory in Game 1.
The downside: Parker received a death threat during the fourth quarter of the game.
The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office reported that someone called 911 from a pay phone during the fourth quarter and threatened to kill Parker. The sheriff’s office, which handles security at the San Antonio Spurs AT&T Center, increased security at the arena. According to the report, Parker was escorted to his home following the game to ensure his safety. The threat is still under investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.
Apparently someone wants to get inside Parker’s head so that he won’t play as well as he did Sunday during the Spurs home opener against the Grizzlies. Also, Parker was coincidentally tripped early in the third quarter by the Grizzlies Tony Allen. Parker was doing a spin move around Allen when Allen stuck out his foot and tripped Parker. Allen apologized and Parker was a good sport about it. Though Parker was not injured, it is this kind of unsportsmanlike behavior (under the guise of civility) that must be curtailed.
Game 2 is Tuesday in San Antonio (9 p.m. ET). Security will definitely be increased to insure the safety of everyone at the AT&T Center.
Hollie M. Woods is a writer for Rant Sports covering the NBA. “Like” her on Facebook.