Parker: ankle is 'sore,' hopes to play in Spurs' opener

11/2/2006 - NBA Tony Parker San Antonio Spurs + more

SAN ANTONIO -- Spurs guard Tony Parker said Wednesday he
hopes to play in the season opener at Dallas on Thursday after
spraining his right ankle.

"It's pretty sore, pretty sore," Parker said. "But I think
I'll be all right. I'll see how I feel tomorrow."

Parker injured his ankle during practice Monday, but X-rays
showed it wasn't broken.

Parker, who said he practiced "a little bit" Wednesday, said
he'll have to persuade coach Gregg Popovich to let him play against
the Mavericks.

"If it feels good, I'll go. And if I feel a little bit of pain
I'm not going to take any risks," Parker said.

Parker averaged 18.9 points, 3.3 rebounds and 5.8 assists per
game last season.

In San Antonio's final preseason game Friday against Dallas,
Parker scored 20 points in the Spurs' 100-79 victory.

The Spurs will face LeBron James and Cleveland in the home
opener Friday night.