Tony Parker announces retirement from basketball

Ross Houston
June 18, 2019

French basketball star Tony Parker announced his retirement from the sport on Monday at the age of 37. "Thank you for everything!"

Parker scored 9.5 points with 3.7 assists in 17.9 minutes per game for Charlotte last season, but his true shooting percentage remained low at 51.2% as it had during his final two years with the Spurs. Charlotte missing the playoffs had to have hurt Parker, but he did acknowledge the organization and said he had a "great time" with the Hornets. His next stop will be The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. "I have watched him develop as a player and human being and as a business man". A champion both in the NBA and internationally, Parker has had success at every level of his basketball career. "And so it was very weird to arrive to a team and you're like, 'There is no way we're going to win a championship.' ..."

Parker was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in 2001 as the 28th overall pick and spent 17 of his 18-year career with the franchise. He finishes his career with averages of 15.5 points, 5.6 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game.

"I'm going to retire", Parker said, via The Undefeated. During his time in San Antonio, he was a six-time All-Star, helped the team secure four championships and in 2007 was the first European player to be named Finals MVP.

Their chemistry and unselfishness, combined with an unreal symbiosis with their coach Gregg Popovich, will never be duplicated in the National Basketball Association, and we were fortunate to be reminded of their greatness this season with Manu Ginobili's jersey retirement ceremony and Tony Parker's final game in San Antonio. And it's amusing because that whole year in Charlotte, I realized even more that what we had (in San Antonio) was very, very special. He plans to live in San Antonio, though he has business commitments in France.

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