After 18 seasons, Tony Parker has chose to call it a career.
Parker, who in 2007 became the first European to be named Most Valuable Player at an NBA Finals, spent 17 seasons with the Spurs before a year ago joining the Charlotte Hornets, who missed out on the playoffs with a 39-43 record. According to the interview, Parker revealed the news in a hotel in San Antonio, which seems like a fitting end to his career given how much time he spent in the city.
"I'm going to retire", Parker said, via The Undefeated.
As Tony Parker walked through the halls of the Spectrum Center roughly two hours before the Charlotte Hornets defeated the Spurs, he appeared at peace.
"A lot of different stuff ultimately led me to this decision", Parker added.
"I want to congratulate Tony on a truly remarkable career". He won four NBA championships with the Spurs and was a 6-time NBA All-Star who had a storied global career before he entered the NBA Draft and was taken 28th overall by the Spurs in 2001. And so I wanted to spend more time with them. and I wanted to play 20 seasons and I still think I can play. I had a great time in Charlotte.
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Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he's loved Parker for a long time and praised him for an "amazing career". "And so I knew that the time changed, and I was being very nostalgic", Parker said.
". We're always going to be remembered together". The game of basketball is for young guys.
Asked what he'll miss the most about professional basketball, Parker stated, simply, "Winning".
"It was kind of different because I was in there with Charlotte, so I didn't feel like the need of having a goodbye". Parker turned down a player's option for next season with the Hornets that would have paid $5.25 million.
Parker announced his retirement in San Antonio, stating the reason he stepped away from the game is that he's not the same player he once was.