Published: Wed, June 12, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Social media, former Spurs players react to Tony Parker's retirement

Social media, former Spurs players react to Tony Parker's retirement

After 18 seasons in the National Basketball Association, all but the last with the San Antonio Spurs, Tony Parker announced his retirement on Monday.

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. He was selected to the All-Star team six times and was named second-team All-NBA three times.

"I'm going to retire", the 37-year-old told The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears.

"I'm going to retire".

"Tony Parker obviously has had an awesome career", Popovich told reporters on a conference call.

Parker said he felt good enough physically to play two more years, but "I was like, if I can't be Tony Parker anymore and I can't play for a championship, I don't want to play basketball anymore".

"At the end of the season, I just knew it was time", Parker told The Undefeated. He won four NBA championships with the Spurs and was a 6-time NBA All-Star who had a storied global career before he entered the NBA Draft and was taken 28th overall by the Spurs in 2001.

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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. "I worked a lot, enormously received, it was an incredible adventure!" This is very different for me after 17 years with the Spurs.

"I'm at peace with it", Parker said.

Parker's decision is no surprise. Parker said on Twitter.

"It's been a long time that I've been at 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 worldwide school opening in September", Parker said.

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

"It was kind of different because I was in there with Charlotte, so I didn't feel like the need of having a goodbye". But at the same time, now I don't see any reason to play 20 seasons. In 56 games, he averaged 9.5 points and 3.7 assists.

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

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