San Antonio Spurs great Tony Parker announced his retirement from the NBA on Monday, June 1o, after spending 18 years in the league with San Antonio and Charlotte.
Parker, 37, won four NBA championships in his career, was a six-time All-Star, four-time All-NBA player, and one-time Finals MVP in 2007. Parker is not only an NBA legend but a European basketball legend as well. Parker came into the NBA in 2001 as a 19-year-old rookie; his first taste of being coached in the league? Gregg Popovich, the coach who would lead Parker throughout his entire Spurs career from 2001-2018.
In a press conference to discuss Team USA’s training camp roster for this summer, Popovich was asked about Parker’s retirement. Popovich praised his former point guard for what he has done on and off the floor.
“Obviously, he’s had an amazing career,” Popovich said. “I’ve had the blessing to be with him since he was 19-years old and watching him develop as a player, a human being, as a businessman. He’s a very unique and wonderful person. Somebody who I have loved for a long time. I just hope he continues to be active as he has been outside basketball so he can stay busy and enjoy the rest of his life and enjoy his family.”
Parker announced his decision to retire in a The Undefeated article and through social media. He said in the article, “I can’t be Tony Parker anymore [on the basketball court].” Off the court, though, Parker has many endeavors he will cater to after retirement.
“I’m at peace with it,” Parker said. “It’s been a long time that I’ve been in peace with that decision because I’ve prepared myself for that, too, with all the stuff that I’m doing, the two teams I own in France and my international school opening in September. I have so much stuff going on that I’ve always been at peace with that decision.
It has not been announced yet if Parker will sign a one-day contract to retire with the San Antonio Spurs, but that is what everyone is hoping. Farewell, Tony Parker, and thanks for the memories.
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