French Basketball Star Tony Parker Announced Yesterday That He Is Retiring After 18 Years In The NBA

French basketball star Tony Parker announced yesterday that he is retiring after 18 years in the NBA during which he won four league titles and became one of the best players in the history of his franchise, the San Antonio Spurs.

French Basketball Star Tony Parker Announced Yesterday That He Is Retiring After 18 Years In The NBA

Eighteen seasons in the NBA, four championship titles, a Euro with the tricolor selection, and a solidly established reputation as the best player in the history of French basketball at 37 years old, Tony Parker announced yesterday that he was retiring from the sport.

It is with great emotion that I end my career. I worked a lot, received a lot, it was an incredible adventure! Even in my wildest dreams, I never thought I would live these exceptional moments in the French team, and the NBA wrote the playmaker on his Twitter account, just after announcing his decision in an interview with the site internet sports The Undefeated, property of ESPN.

If it is under the colors of the Charlotte Hornets that he retires - a club he joined last summer to evolve with his compatriot Nicolas Batum under the direction of the ultimate legend Michael Jordan, it is suitable for San Antonio Spurs that his memory will be forever associated. Thank you, Tony, for all these moments of shared happiness! Reacted, in French, the Spurs on Twitter

The Texan club selected him for 28th place in the 2001 Draft when TP, 19 at the time, had only two professional seasons in his legs, with PSG Racing in Paris. In 17 years under the black and gray colors of San Antonio, Parker participated in one of the various dominant dynasties in the history of American basketball alongside Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, under the orders of his coach Gregg Popovich, with whom he had an almost filial relationship.

From Charlotte to Villeurbanne

Tony Parker has had an incredible career. I have been fortunate to have been with him since he was 19, to see him grow as a person, player, and businessman said Popovich, now coach of the American National Team. Together, the Parker-Ginobili-Duncan trio has played 701 regular season and playoff games, more than any other trio in NBA history. The Spurs won four NBA titles: in 2003 against the New Jersey Nets, 2005 against the Detroit Pistons, 2007 against the Cleveland Cavaliers of LeBron James, already, and 2014, against the Miami Heat of LeBron James again.

During this auspicious period, Parker was selected six times to the All-Star Game, a gala match bringing together the best players in the NBA, and even obtained the title of MVP best player in the Finals in 2007. The only downside: a title lost to the Heat in 2013, after a thrilling final disputed in 7 matches. Over his entire NBA career, he has averaged 15.5 points 49.1% shooting success and 5.6 assists. In the French team, he played 181 games for an average of 15.1 points.

As a teenager, during his training at INSEP, the French federal training center, he met his long-time friend Boris Diaw, retired since last year, with whom he played for the French team and won the title of champion with the Spurs in 2014.

At 36, after several seasons marked by injuries, in 2018, he decided to bring his talents to North Carolina to help the young Charlotte Hornets to progress. Although her contribution to the field has been impressive, Charlotte has failed to qualify for the playoffs this season, the franchise's stated goal. If I can no longer be Tony Parker and if I can no longer aim for a champion title, I no longer want to play basketball, he explained during his interview with The Undefeated.

In parallel to his NBA career, he led the French team to its first title after years of disappointment, the Eurobasket 2013, before retiring with the Blues in 2016. He remains very involved in French basketball since he is president of the Villeurbanne club, men and women section.

Bio express

Tony Parker
French nationality
Born: May 17, 1982, in Bruges - Belgium
1.88 m; 82 kg
Married to Axelle, two children - Josh, 5, and Liam, 2
Position: playmaker
Clubs: Federal Center 1998-99, Paris Basket Racing - 2000-01, San Antonio Spurs NBA / 2001-18, Charlotte Hornets - 2018-19.
He was chosen in the 28th position in the 2001 Draft by San Antonio.
French team: 181 selections - 2000-2016
Awards: NBA Champion 2003, 2005, 2007, 2014; European Championship: 1st in 2013, 2nd in 2011, 3rd in 2005 and 2015; Olympic Games: quarter-finals in 2012 and 2016; MVP for the 2007 NBA Finals; Six times selected for the All-Star Game (2006, 2007, 2009, 2012, 2013, 2014), MVP Euro 2013.

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