Tony Parker: Four-time National Basketball Association champion retires aged 37

Ross Houston
June 11, 2019

The four-time NBA Champion announced his retirement on Monday after 18 seasons - 17 with the San Antonio Spurs - in an interview with Marc Spears for The Undefeated. "For me, the goodbye will be when my jersey will be retired [in San Antonio] or I make the Hall of Fame", Parker told The Undefeated.

"It's with a lot of emotion that I retire from basketball, it was an incredible journey!"

He was feeling that he "can't be Tony Parker anymore".

While Parker said he feels healthy and could play for another two seasons, he felt this was the time to walk away. After spending just one season with the Hornets, don't be surprised if Parker signs a one-day contract with the Spurs to retire as a member of the team he played 17 years for.

Parker had previously spoken of his desire to play 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association, but said his view changed after playing in Charlotte, who finished outside the playoff standings.

Nowitzki finished his career as a 14-time NBA All-Star, Four-time All-NBA First Team recipient and was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player in the league during the 2007 season. "I've had the blessing to be with him since he was 19 years old, to watch him develop as a person and a player and a businessman". He averaged 9.5 points and 3.7 assists across 56 games with Charlotte last season, in which he served as a backup to All-Star guard Kemba Walker.

Parker, who was chosen with the 28th pick of the 2001 draft, said his career had exceeded his wildest dreams.

While Parker intends to spend more time working closely with ASVEL and his new school, he plans to continue to have a home base in San Antonio. "So that's why for me, I understood very early, that when it's time to [retire], I'll be fine with it". It's priceless to see their faces. He said following the season he was 50-50 on whether to play next season, and any chance he'd be playing for the Hornets again was contingent on them fielding a roster that would contend for the playoffs. "Winning championships never gets old".

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