Tough stoppin' Tony

MIKE GANTER

, Last Updated: 8:03 AM ET

Short of "tripping him up", Sam Mitchell has no idea how you stop a guy like San Antonio Spurs' Tony Parker.

Mitchell clearly is impressed with Eva Longoria's other half and could not believe that the recently released NBA all-star voting update has Parker ninth in the Western Conference among guards.

"If he's the ninth best point guard in the NBA then there's something wrong," Mitchell said.

In Mitchell's opinion, not only is Parker not ninth best, he's probably first or second.

"This guy has led NBA scoring in the paint the past couple of years, a 6-foot-2 guard. He's tough. We're going to try some things and hopefully we have some success, but are you going to totally stop him? No, but at some point you have to hope he misses some shots."

Mitchell believes a straw poll of NBA coaches would likely have Steve Nash at the top and Parker right behind him.

"In some instances if you look at the age and what he does, I would not be surprised if some coaches wouldn't take Parker first because he's probably a better defender," Mitchell said.

"I'm pretty sure Steve would win, but I'm also sure it wouldn't be 90%-10%," Mitchell said. "Tony Parker is a beast. He's a key part of what they do."

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