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

Carrie Guzman
June 12, 2019

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 previous year joining the Charlotte Hornets, who missed out on the playoffs with a 39-43 record. Parker said the Hornets were lobbying him to return for his leadership and mentoring.

In order to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, retired players must fulfill a variety of requirements.

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

Between his first All-Star campaign in 2005-06 and his sixth and final All-Star season in 2013-14, Parker averaged 18.6 points, 6.3 assists, and three rebounds per contest.

Though he initially wanted to play in the league for 20 seasons, Parker realized after last season that it was time for him to walk away and focus on other aspects of his life.

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

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"I'm at peace with it", Parker said. "I have so much stuff going on that I've always been at peace with that decision". And so I knew that the time changed, and I was being very nostalgic. Parker said on Twitter.

"For 17 years, every year that I started with the Spurs, I really thought that we had a good chance to win the championship".

He plans to live in San Antonio after retirement but will also spend time in France as the owner and president of ASVEL, a French professional men's and women's basketball team, The Undefeated reported.

Parker developed from a teenager with raw talent into a poised leader as he got older, directing the Spurs offense through his high basketball IQ. In 2018-19, he averaged 9.5 points and 3.7 assists in just under 18 minutes per game off the Hornets' bench.

Parker did win four championships in San Antonio, and an NBA Finals MVP in 2007.

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