French and San Antonio Spurs superstar Tony Parker recently joined the large list of NBA players who wore, or who are still wearing protective basketball goggles. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy also wore protective glasses on the basketball court, along with Amare Stoudemire who has been wearing basketball goggles since 2009., after a severe eye injury (detached retina) sustained in a game against LA Clippers.
However, while Amare “earned” his injury on a basketball court, Parker was injured in a much more bizarre incident. On a July 16. Parker became a collateral victim of the conflict between singers Chris Brown and hip-hop star Drake in a New York nightclub.
“They started throwing bottles everywhere. I do not know what happened. At first, it was OK, but then it started getting worse and when the plane landed it was really hurting so I went straight to the ER”, Parker said after the incident to the New York Daily News.
Fortunately, Paker escaped with only minor injuries (scratched his left eye cornea) and will be able to help his national team in the upcoming Olympics. However, due to the injury sensitivity, he’ll have to wear special glasses that should protect him from further injuries. Recently he was photographed wearing his basketball goggles, but we still didn’t receive any information about their brand. Basketball-Goggles staff are guessing Parker could be wearing Pyramex Highlander Safety Eyewear, but as we said, there is no reliable information on what type of goggles he is wearing.
Last season Tony Parker led his San Antonio Spurs to Conference Finals, averaging 18.3 points and 7.7 assists in regular season. The Frenchman averaged 20.1 points and 6.8 assists in 14 playoff games.