Tony Parker says he’s retiring from NBA after 18 seasons

Parker last of Spurs' Big Three retires

Parker last of Spurs' Big Three retires

"I'm going to retire", Parker told The Undefeated. The Frenchman also would have been an excellent marketing tool, since the Hornets are going to play the first National Basketball Association regular-season in Paris in January against the Milwaukee Bucks.

He had previously said that he would like to play for 20 seasons, but he'll fall just shy of that mark. 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.

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

"I want to congratulate Tony on a truly remarkable career". Parker didn't play in the Hornets' last 13 games, after a mid-March road loss to the Miami Heat that was a blow to the Hornets' playoff hopes. A lovely family. attractive kids. 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 good season with the Hornets, and I was healthy.

Parker is at peace with his decision because it is something that he has prepared himself for.

He is opening the Tony Parker Adequat Academy worldwide school in his hometown of Lyon, France, in September.

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

"When it comes, I'll be ready to leave it to the young guys".

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.

There is no doubt that Parker's jersey will be hanging in the rafters alongside his two best friends and teammates', and it will be a joy to see the fellas get back together again to celebrate his accomplishments during that ceremony. "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.' ..."

"If I don't play for a championship, I feel like, why are we playing?". Moving forward, Parker told The Undefeated he plans to live in San Antonio while also returning to France, where he is the owner and president of AVSEL, a French professional basketball club with men's and women's teams.

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