Tony Parker had an offseason to stew, a lockout to fume, an entire NBA regular season to simmer.
By the time Game 1 against Utah tipped off Sunday afternoon, Parker’s wait for playoff redemption had reached a boiling point. He was primed. He was pumped. He was raring to go.
And then, he literally came bursting out of his shoe.
This is how Parker’s day of atonement began, in a 106-91 victory over the Jazz at the AT&T Center: 96 seconds in, Nike in hand, sheepishly begging for a 20-second timeout to rectify a wardrobe malfunction.
His afternoon would improve substantially after that. Parker finished with 28 points and eight assists, helping the top-seeded Spurs put last season’s first-round disaster against Memphis one day further behind them.