Tony Parker announces retirement after 18 National Basketball Association seasons

Tony Parker announces retirement after 18 National Basketball Association seasons”

A native of France, Parker helped the Spurs win four National Basketball Association titles during his time in San Antonio and became part of a legendary power trio that included Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili.

In an interview with The Undefeated on Monday, six-time All-Star Parker said he was walking away from the sport after realising that he could no longer compete at the very highest level.

"A lot of different stuff ultimately led me to this decision", Parker told The Undefeated.

"At the end of the season, I just knew it was time", Parker told The Undefeated.

Playing 18 seasons in the NBA, Parker was one of the best point guards in the league throughout the majority of his career.

Parker, named the 2007 Finals MVP, averaged 15.5 points and 5.6 assists over the course of his career.

"Congratulations to Tony Parker on a hall of fame career". We had a great run and can't wait to beat you up on tennis and spending more time together'. "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".

"Winning", Parker said. "Winning". But it was great to share that moment with them.

Internationally, Parker represented France on nine occasions, including at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London.

Following his retirement, Parker plans to reside in San Antonio, and he will also spend time in France as the owner and president of ASVEL, a French professional men's and women's basketball club. "I worked a lot, enormously received, it was an incredible adventure!" First, a player must be retired for four full seasons. I had a good season with the Hornets, and I was healthy.

"I'm at peace with it", Parker said.

He added he now will be able to focus more on his men and women's teams in France, along with the opening of an global academy he founded.

Announcing his retirement following the Mavericks' final home game this season, Nowitzki will go down as one of the greatest shooting bigs in basketball history. "So that's why for me, I understood very early, that when it's time to [retire], I'll be fine with it".

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