San Antonio Spurs veteran point guard Tony Parker will make his season debut Monday when the team takes on the Dallas Mavericks at home.
Parker suffered a ruptured left quadriceps tendon in the 2017 Western Conference Semifinals and underwent surgery. The six-time All-Star was initially expected to return in January, but Parker's recovery progressed well and he announced on Facebook that he's ready to play ball again.
"Get ready SpursNation, I’m coming back on tomorrow’s game against Dallas! I'm really excited to play again. It has been some tough months with a lot of recovery, patience and mental strength. I wanted to thank everyone who believed in my return. Fans, Family, Friends, my Recovery Team and the San Antonio Spurs, I couldn't have done this without your support. Go Spurs!"
Parker, 35, averaged 10.1 points and 4.5 assists last season while shooting 46.6 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from three.
Sharpshooter Patty Mills has been starting in place of Parker so far this year. Odds are Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich will ease Parker back into the rotation and keep Mills as the starter for now.
San Antonio has a record of 12-7, good for third place in the Western Conference.