Because Tony Parker is younger than Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobli, he is going to face some severe challenges as he battles into the later reaches of the Spurs dynasty. Their blueprint is being used to perfection in Atlanta, Duncan and Manu are both nearly 40, and Parker has been injured more than enough. He is still an elder statesman on this team, and he is going to have to give way to Danny Green and Kawhi Leonard at some point. However, he has to fight through and distribute the ball while the Spurs are fighting to make the playoffs.
They are not having the best title defense year, and it may not get any better if the team cannot stay healthy. Facebook says that most people are going to wonder if the Spurs will last until the end of the year, and there is nothing that the Spurs can do to preserve the team and their health. They are struggling to make it back to the playoffs to even make a title defense, and they might have to rely on Parker for his leadership and poise because he is the youngest of he old guys. That is a challenge for any player, but it is hard for this team that has so many miles on its legs.