Some might think it’s mean to call Tony Parker’s fiancee Axelle Francine a “poor man’s Adriana Lima,” but it’s more of a compliment, especially if you consider the fact that Adriana Lima, even though she’s 33 with two kids, is one of the most beautiful women on the planet! Maybe Tony didn’t get the memo that Adriana is single these days or maybe he doesn’t want to dive into a high profile relationship again after what happened with Eva Longoria?
Whatever the case behind his new relationship, why is he once again ready to tie the knot?! I don’t get it. There’s nothing wrong with a new girlfriend or even a prolonged engagement, but why jump on the marriage roller coaster so soon after jumping off? Maybe some of you people involved in second marriages can chime in…
These latest photos were snapped yesterday afternoon as the lovebirds were seen going for a stroll in Saint-Tropez, France. The two walked hand-in-hand through the town before Tony stopped to buy some gelato. As most of you know, earlier this month Tony & his San Antonio Spurs bitch-slapped Lebron James & the Miami Heat, so it’s nice to see Tony taking some time to celebrate!
Ever since getting annoying Eva Longoria’s dirt-filled claws off his back, Tony Parker is doing just fine—whether it’s on the court, in the bedroom or on TV. For all aspiring sugar daddies or even those of you who’re trapped, use Tony Parker’s life as a case study on how you can seemingly be down & out, but still rise back up when the dust of a shitty marriage & divorce clears.
These latest photos were snapped yesterday afternoon as Tony Parker arrived for an appearance on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ following the Spurs NBA Championship run with his hot new girlfriend! Let’s just hope he doesn’t jump on the faulty marriage roller coaster all over again. Anyway, iIn case you missed the show last night, watch the interview below:
The 2013 NBA Finals will go down as a classic. Game 6 was clearly the apex with it’s endless amount of memorable moments but last night’s game 7 certainly lived up to the quality of the rest of the series. Both teams looked exactly how many expected: having battled through a crazy series only to settle it all with a final 7th game. The Spurs showed lots of heart all the way to the finish but it was simply Miami’s night and the Heat walked away with the championship trophy. Of course there are things you can point out about the Spurs’ approach and game plan (daring LeBron and Wade to shoot) but it was never a question of effort or wanting it less than the Heat. With less than a minute left in the game and the chance to tie, Duncan missed a shot in the lane that he’s made thousands of times. I found it impossible not feel bad for Duncan after he missed that shot. Uncanny and unfortunate for San Antonio but it was the shot that sealed their fate as the second place team. Manu Ginobili is the easy scapegoat for this loss but Danny Green’s normally efficient shot from behind the arc was nowhere to be found. Also, those were some REALLY questionable play calls by Popovich towards the end of the game. But it’s not all doom and gloom for the Spurs. Well, if Kawhi Leonard can make his free throws, then the young man looks to have all the tools of being a future all-star and potentially a superstar. Nothing but respect from myself and NBA fans around the world for the Spurs in their loss.
Unfortunately for Heat haters around the country (there are a lot) it was Miami’s night, repeating as champions of the NBA and are once again kings of the basketball world. LeBron James was phenomenal (37 pts, 12 reb, 4 ast) and was awarded the Finals MVP for a second straight year. But even though James was the best player on the court last night, Dwyane Wade came up big with his shooting from the floor and Shane Battier got hot from behind the arc to add more scoring. Miami taking advantage of the shooting opportunities given to them was the stuff of champions and it was enough to take home the title. Who’s the happiest about winning the title? Well, obviously the teammates winning their first title but even more that guy named Chris Bosh. Zero points last night Bosh? Are you kidding me? Bosh was clearly going to be the target of all targets to blame had Miami not been able to win last night’ game. Hind sight though, as the celebration continues in South Beach and now going forward the word “dynasty” starts to be thrown around. It’s a little early for that because I think that a team needs to win at least three titles in 4-5 years to be considered a true dynasty. Remember that LeBron was VERY close to being 1-3 in the Finals with another summer of questions so let’s calm down for a second and continue to celebrate or hate on this Miami Heat team. We have all summer to discuss and debate the long term implications.
Where do I even begin to discuss last night’s game? We’ll defer to LeBron James on this one, quoted as saying “It’s by far the best game I’ve ever been a part of,” after his triple-double performance led the Heat to a crazy victory in overtime. As always in these situations, I have to ask: was this more of a Spurs loss or a Heat win? All signs point to the fact that the Spurs had this game, had it on two occasions. First it was during the 3rd quarter, holding a 12 point lead with only 1 minute left in the quarter and a chance to really put a strangle on the game in the 4th. The second time was of course in the final minute following two incredibly clutch plays by Tony Parker who, up to that point, was having a less than stellar game. I thought to myself “Wow…that’s the game, Parker has the MVP” but then all hell broke loose and like the rest of the series, no one could predict what happened. Poor Kawhi Leonard, he had the dunk of the night right over (one shoe) Mike Miller but couldn’t complete the two most important points of the night. Then the game essentially came down to a couple of offensive rebounds by Miami, resulting in massive 3s by both LeBron and Ray Allen. Allen’s 3 to tie the game was the most clutch shot of the year.
From Tim Duncan’s incredible first half (feels like a wasted effort now) to LeBron’s choice to ignore his headband and essentially go beast mode in the 4th quarter. An incredible game all around but a part of me can’t help but feel that it was the Spurs best opportunity to win the series. Can the Spurs win game 7 on the road? History says they can’t, the last time a team to win the NBA title on the road in a game 7 was the Washington Bullets in 1978. But I can’t put anything above this Spurs team. Or above this series because it’s simply been too unpredictable and every game has something new in store for the fans. Neither team can win two in a row. If the Spurs want to win the game, they’re going to have to set the tone early. Oh yeah, Manu Ginobili: stop turning the ball over at the most critical points in the game. Was Ginobili fouled on that final possession in the lane with a couple of seconds left in OT? Probably but I know this league too well to not expect the officials to make a call there. Certainly more of a foul than the Chris Bosh block to the end the game on the desperation 3 by Danny Green. I’m sticking with my prediction (winner of game 6 wins the series) but at the same time, i’ve learned that the sky is the limit for this series.
Can anyone correctly predict what’s going to happen in this series? It’s been back and forth, neither team can win twice in a row. So are things going to change now that the Spurs are one win away? The Spurs looked brilliant on offense last night. Especially towards the end of the 3rd quarter and heading into the 4th when Miami was making their comeback but then the next thing you know, San Antonio is up by nearly 20. Tim Duncan and Tony Parker were great, Danny Green (breaking records) and Kawhi Leonard shot incredibly well but the difference this game was Manu Ginobili. Much like Wade before game 4, Ginobili was facing heavy criticism for being pretty much a non-factor this series. The Spurs shooting guard (back in the starting five) responded with a 24 point, 10 assist performance. Maybe he spoke to Lionel Messi before the game? Whatever the case was, last night Ginobili looked like the all-star guard from the years past.
Miami didn’t have a terrible performance last night, they managed to score over 100 points, but their defense was questionable throughout the game. Ray Allen’s defense on Green was frustrating to watch. And while LeBron had a nice stat line (25 pts, 6 reb, 8 ast), he did look frustrated because the Spurs made it difficult for him to score. So now the burning question is: how will the Heat respond with their back against the wall? Bryan’s Lakers were able to win the title after losing game 5 back in the 2010 Finals but even then, the numbers back the Spurs. Even without the fact that they’re so good at closing out a series on the road. Game 6 has all the makings of a crazy LeBron performance (down 2-3 against Boston last year) because as we’ve seen all year long, Miami is at it’s best after a critical loss. It’s just been so rare to see them lose this often as of late. I’m going with the Spurs because they have the experience and type of team that will close out a series but I can’t wait to see how this Heat team responds on their home court.
Once again, after a critical loss, the Heat respond in their usual fashion and win the following game by a significant margin. Game 4 actually looked like a pretty even game until the 4th quarter when the Heat were led by their two best players and finished strong to tie the series at 2-2. Where did this Dywane Wade come from? Wade had been pretty bad throughout the series, making people wonder just how serious his injury is or if he’s closer to the end of his prime than was predicted. LeBron was also great (33 pts, 11 reb, 4 ast) but Wade stepping up (32 pts) to answer the critics was the difference for Miami. Even though the Spurs came out strong to start the game (8 point lead in the 1st) it was the Heat controlling the rest of the game, mostly with their defense. Miami was able to force some bad shots by San Antonio and couple that with Tony Parker’s limited action in the second half meant all the momentum was on the Heat’s side. Parker had a great first half, slicing the Heat’s defense but the second half was a different story as the point guard went scoreless after halftime. The fourth quarter was entirely Miami’s and the Spurs’ supporting cast wasn’t able to do anything to stop the Heat’s offense.
So it’s apparent that Parker’s hamstring injury is going limit him but who else on the Spurs is going to step up? That’s probably the biggest question for San Antonio heading into a massive game 5 on Sunday. You’ll hear it all weekend: the team who wins game 5 will in the series. Now, it’s not a forgone conclusion but the math (83% success rate) certainly backs the team who is victorious. So which team has the advantage heading into Sunday’s game? Well momentum favors the Heat but as we’ve seen in this series, there hasn’t be a team to win two in a row. Both teams are trading punches and are showing that they can win it all, it’s just a matter of which team steps it for that particular night. Before the series started, I thought it was going to a deciding 7th game and that certainly holds true. It’s going at least six and i’m glad that we’re seeing such a great series so far. Even if most of the games have been won by large margins, it’s still obvious that these are the two best teams in basketball and bringing their “A” games. I’m going with the stats on this one and saying that the winner of game 5 will win the series but we’ll have to wait and see.
Side note: Forgive me for not posting after game 3. It was certainly worth discussing but unfortunately i’m dealing with a family emergency at the moment. I’ve already informed Moe that my availability for the rest of the series is questionable at this time but i’m trying to remain positive. I appreciate the patience.
As last night’s game was going on, I couldn’t help but feel that Spurs were just waiting for the right moment to strike. Taking the Heat’s punches with the type of poise that you’d expect from a rested, experienced veteran squad that has been there and done that. Sure, it’s been six years since the Spurs were in the Finals but it looked like another routine win last night. LeBron’s triple-double wasn’t enough for Miami as San Antonio used a strong 4th quarter to come from behind and steal game 1 of the Finals. The Spurs actually showed a bit of rust, not rest, during most of the 1st quarter but Miami wasn’t able to completely take control of the game. Tim Duncan started 0 for 5 from the field but then bounced back greatly, finishing with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Duncan was the anchor for the Spurs but the spark was clearly Tony Parker and even though Parker’s stat line (21 pts, 6 ast) wasn’t great, he was a match up nightmare for the Heat all night long. Anytime the Heat were trying to extended their lead (up by 7 in the 3rd) there was Parker, making a big play to keep the Spurs in the game. Honestly, I have no idea how Parker got this shot off to clinch the game. Then came the 4th quarter and the Spurs experience took over while Miami seemed a bit fatigued, looking every bit like a team that had just been through a tough 7-game series.
So what must the Heat do to avoid a deadly 0-2 hole? For starters, Chris Bosh can’t be taking 3-point shots from that part of the arc in a clutch situation. If i’m on defense, I can live with Bosh shooting a 3 from anywhere that’s not the corner of the floor. LeBron certainly did everything that he could (18 pts, 18 reb, 10 ast) but when it came to the 4th quarter, he had very little support. Dwyane Wade actually had a good game up to that point but was held to 0 points in the 4th while Bosh only had 2 in the period. Was fatigue the greatest factor for Miami during that period? The Spurs make teams work for the points and don’t beat themselves. Yes, San Antonio had a bit of luck with that Parker shot but then again, the Spurs put themselves in the lead on that possession. Miami was leading throughout the game but when it mattered most, the Spurs experience and their superior coaching was evident. If I had to bet, i’d say that Miami bounces back but it’ll be interesting how they do it. Will we see a masterful performance by LeBron? This series has the potential to be a classic one. Stay tuned.
I love these micro-movies that the NBA has on their YouTube channel. I just wish they’d do them for the conference finals or even earlier in the playoffs.
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These were snapped recently as Spurs point guard Tony Parker took a break from sugar daddy sex w/ his new girlfriend Axelle to attend a handball match at the London Olympics between France & Iceland.
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As reported yesterday, Miami Heat star Chris Bosh is currently enjoying a relaxing honeymoon in St. Tropez with his deliciously meaty wifie. Regardless of her deliciousness, we’re pretty sure it’s somewhat painful to walk around St. Tropez trying to unsuccessfully avoid eye contact with all the other hotties running around in skimpy beachwear. His height doesn’t really help the cause either.
Anyway, recently divorced Tony Parker, on the other hand, is enjoying the fruits of his labor by attending various parties & hitting up local clubs as he prowls the South France pimp-daddy destination for a new hottie each night of his stay. Last night he was spotted on the Axe Boat Tour Party mingling with various attendees and knowing how he likes the ladies, we’re pretty sure he didn’t leave alone!
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We already briefly touched base on Karina Smirnoff’s recent weekend in Vegas where she hosted a party at TAO Nightclub in The Venetian. The guys over that The Hungry Creative Agency hooked us up with some additional photos of Karina but this time with her hottie friend Peta Murgatroyd as they hung out by the pool in their bikinis… unlike some of those other celebs who get paid to host and don’t uncover themselves (we’re talking to you Melissa Rycroft and AnnaLynne McCord!).
Karina recently finished in 4th place on the most recent season of ABC’s Dancing With The Stars with partner Daniel LaRusso. She also took it off for May 2011 issue of Playboy and through this all has figured out a wedding date with fiance Brad Penny, pitcher for the Detroit Tigers. According to reports, they’ve set a date for January 12, 2012, in Cozumel, Mexico.
Oh yeah, Tony Parker was in Vegas over the weekend too… with one of those ridiculously over-sized large lollipops.