Stephen Jackson labels Tony Parker selfish and blames him for 2012 loss

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Tony Parker will go down in history as one of the greatest San Antonio Spurs players of all-time. Four titles, six All-Star selections and a finals MVP award sees him stand alongside Tim Duncan and David Robinson as living legends of the franchise. 

There are many occasions when he has saved the Spurs and led them to glory, however, according to Stephen Jackson, he cost the organisation dearly during their playoff series with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2012. 

Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and James Harden led the Thunder to a 4-2 win, but it could have been so different with San Antonio up 2-0 heading to the Chesapeake Energy Arena. 

Speaking on The Truehoop Podcast, Jackson, who played for the Texas organisation from 2001-03 before returning for a year in 2012, says the Frenchman's selfishness was the reason they lost game three - a defeat they never recovered from - and Gregg Popovich knew it without ever actually admitting so. 

He said: "You know what? I have. To be honest with you I really think Tony Parker was one of those guys. I just feel like the whole time when I was there, when I had good games, when I was playing well, I felt like Tony was the guy to really go against me, to go behind my back to Pop to play (Manu) Ginobili, to play other guys because he wanted the credit.

"I'm going to give you a perfect example. We was up 2-0 against the Thunder, my last year with the Spurs in (2012). They came back and won three games straight. But game six in OKC, I was having a hell of a game. I had six threes. Me and Kawhi (Leonard) was playing well.

"At the end of the game, when my six threes and other guys shots got us back in the game, Tony came in the game and tried to save the day and stopped playing team ball. We ended up losing that series. I kind of felt like that while he was on the sidelines, he was over there saying sneaky stuff to players and the coaches about getting back in the game so he can try to get his own personal achievements in the game and that's why we lost.

"Pop wouldn't say that. But I remember right after the game, me, Kawhi and Tim (Duncan) was sitting down after we lost, he came over there and said "I should have rode you guys, You all did everything you could." That's his way of saying I should not have put Tony in the game."

Jackson won a title in his first spell with the Spurs but failed to win another after that 2003 success. 2012 presented the best opportunity to add a second ring to his collection and the fact he was having such a great game obviously doesn't sit well with the 38-year-old. 

The former Golden State man has not been quiet in expressing his opinion as of late and even suggested that he is considering a return to the hardwood with the Chicago Bulls duo of Jimmy Butler and Rajon Rondo 'courting' him.

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