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Tony Parker, the former guard of San Antonio Spurs, announced his retirement in the NBA on Monday after 18 seasons. Parker, 37, had initially scheduled to retire after 20 years.
I do not want to play basketball anymore if I can’t be Tony Parker anymore and I can’t play for a championship, “he said.
Parker is a six-time all-star with the Charlotte Hornets who spent the 2018-19 season. He performed in more than 1,200 matches and finished his career with 15.5 points on average per match.
In the NBA draft of 2001, Parker, who is French, has been selected 28th overall by the San Antonio Spurs. In the NBA draft of 2001, Parker, who is French, has been selected 28th overall by the San Antonio Spurs. He was the 2007 MVP Finals, the first European to be awarded the prize.
Apart from his final season, Parker spent his entire career with the Spurs. He told The Undefeated that he still felt like he could play for two more years— he’s healthy— but he just didn’t see why. He did not believe that even with his assistance, Charlotte could win a championship.
“And if I’m not playing for a championship, I feel like, why are we playing?” he said.
Parker is chairman of ASVEL Basket, a French basketball team based in Lyon, outside the NBA. Since 2014, he has owned the team and will remain engaged in his retirement.