Tony Parker says he's retiring from the NBA after 18 seasons

Tony Parker

On Monday, Tony Parker announced his retirement from the National Basketball Association after 18 seasons in the league.

And now that he's got more free time, Parker is looking forward to doing "a lot of stuff". Hornets General Manager Mitch Kupchak and Head Coach James Borrego had this to say about Parker following a career that included four NBA titles, a 2007 NBA Finals Most Valuable Player award and six All-Star appearances. "And being away from the family back in San Antonio, too, that played a little bit of a role [in retiring], and so I came to a conclusion that it was just time to move on". He says he still feels good enough to play, but he also felt that the time to hang up his basketball shoes was now.

"A lot of different stuff ultimately led me to this decision", Parker continued.

"If I can't be a Tony Parker anymore and I can't play for a championship, I don't want to play basketball anymore", he told the Undefeated.

There was hope that Parker would play his 20th season as a Spur, but those dreams are now over.

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A native of Bruges, Belgium, but raised in France, Parker was taken in the first round of the 2001 NBA Draft by the Spurs and made the jump to the NBA that fall. "Right now, I'm focusing on ASVEL and having a great experience". He played 17 with the Spurs and his final one this past season with the Hornets.

After 16-years in the NBA, Wade announced that the 2018-2019 NBA season would be his last. The former No. 5 overall pick was a three-time NBA champion, 2006 NBA Finals MVP, 13-time NBA All-Star and two-time All-NBA First Team member.

". We're always going to be remembered together. So that's why for me, I understood very early, that when it's time to [retire], I'll be fine with it". Parker said on Twitter.

"Our guys are helping us win games right now", Borrego said on March 26 before the Hornets beat the Spurs, . "And to see Timmy's jersey retired and then Manu ... it was very emotional to go to Manu's jersey retirement, and you go through all the moments and you think about what you're going to say".

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