SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Lining the banks of San Antonio's famed River Walk, tens of thousands of Spurs fans decked out in black and silver waited in the oppressive heat on Sunday to catch a glimpse of their favorite players and congratulate the team on its fourth NBA title in nine seasons.
“I’m so happy _ I feel very blessed and it’s a privilege to play with a great team,” said Spurs point guard Tony Parker, who carried his finals MVP trophy with him on one of the early barges of the river parade. “Hopefully we’ll do it again next year.”
Parker, joined by his bride-to-be, actress Eva Longoria, joked that he’d slept with the trophy for the last couple of nights.
“I put Eva on the couch,” he said.
Famed tenor Placido Domingo sang a mariachi-flavored version of the national anthem and led the crowd in chants of “Go Spurs Go.”
Spurs owner Peter Holt, joined by the team’s mascot, a coyote, told the crowd he wants a repeat next year.
“Never gets old,” he said.
Fans said they came several hours ahead of the river parade to claim a spot. Many fans could be seen dunking their feet in the brown waters of the San Antonio River in an attempt to cool off. Others were dining at restaurants along the river to get their own comfortable front-row seat.
“If you’re born in San Antonio, you have to follow the Spurs,” said James Waclawczyk, 32, who was wearing the No. 20 jersey of his favorite player, Manu Ginobili.
"It's remarkable. To win it once is awesome _ it takes a lot. But to win it four times, now that is something to be real impressed with."