Monday , Jun , 11 , 2007 Oly Sandor

San Antonio Spurs Weigh In On Tony Parker-Eva Longoria Wedding

For whatever reason, the NBA Finals are taking a back seat to the Parker-Longoria wedding … Jodie Valade, with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, asks San Antonio players and coaches about the upcoming wedding … Check out their responses …

Jodie Valade, a writer with the Cleveland Plain Dealer, reports on asking San Antonio players about Eva Longoria and Tony Parker’s upcoming wedding:

Undeniably, there is one part about these NBA Finals that is not fun for San Antonio Spurs players. It isn’t just answering questions from the media, but more specifically, being asked countless questions about one particular topic that is entirely unrelated to basketball.

"About a certain wedding coming up," Spurs guard Brent Barry said, sighing.

Spurs guard Tony Parker and "Desperate Housewives" star Eva Longoria are a constant topic of conversation in San Antonio – partly because they are the closest thing to a Hollywood couple in the NBA, and partly because with two days between games, the 1,800 credentialed media ran out of ways to analyze Game 1 and simply gave up.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich admitted that Parker is probably known as much for being Longoria’s fiancé as for being the starting point guard for the Western Conference champs.

"It’s a toss-up," Popovich said. San Antonio players have been invited to the wedding in Paris next month, but according to Barry, had to sign confidentiality contracts to prevent details of the nuptials from leaking to the press. It’s a small price to pay for attending the much-talked-about wedding when players have become acquainted with Longoria throughout her engagement to Parker.

"She’s around all the time," Spurs backup forward Matt Bonner said. "She’s totally down-to-earth, friendly, no ego. She’s just a normal person."

Is she the biggest celebrity Bonner has met?

"Well, she’s only about 5 feet tall," Bonner said. He paused, and grinned. "Sorry. That’s a terrible joke."

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