Fresh off the San Antonio Spurs' rolling-on-the-river celebration of their 2014 NBA Finals victory, Spurs point guard Tony Parker winged it out west for a guest appearance on ABC's "Jimmy Kimmel Live." (Once there, he fared a lot better than Metta World Peace did.)
The 32-year-old Frenchman, who averaged 18 points and 4.6 assists per game in the Spurs' five-game Finals win over the Miami Heat, spoke with Kimmel about how vanquishing the Heat helped get the bitter taste of San Antonio's 2013 Finals defeat out of his mouth. He also detailed how a postgame theft that was bolder and more significant than any of the five steals he notched in the series set up a pretty great photo op with his weeks-old son, Josh:
Kimmel and Parker also discussed the guard's love of comic books and movies, and the collections of memorabilia that tend to be associated with such passionate hobbies, especially when you've got the scratch to afford maxed-out versions of children's toys. In Parker's case, though, the best example of that sort of luxury item came not out of his own pocket, but as a let's-all-chip-in gift from his fiancé and friends in the form of a timeless (nailed it) ride:
Now, to be fair, it's not new information that Tony Parker has a DeLorean like the one Doc Brown and Marty McFly pushed in "Back to the Future" or that the point guard likes superheroes enough to have life-size (well, "life-size," I guess) models/statues of the Hulk and Iron Man in his home. The Spurs-covering world (like, for example, Jeff Garcia at Project Spurs) has been all over this stuff for a while now. In case you missed that, though, it's now out there in front of a national television audience — when you think of the Spurs and nerdery, don't limit your thoughts just to Tim Duncan's Punisher knee brace, Merlin tattoo and affinity for Dungeons and Dragons. If we've learned nothing from the explosion and mainstreaming of nerd culture in recent years, it's that even jocks are, or can be, geeks ... even the smooth-talking, GQ-covering French ones who just stole the NBA championship right out from under his teammates' noses.
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