The Frenchman Has Played 18 Seasons In The NBA, Where He won Four Championship Titles

The Frenchman has played 18 seasons in the NBA, where he won four championship titles with the San Antonio Spurs.

The Frenchman Has Played 18 Seasons In The NBA, Where He won Four Championship Titles

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, Tony Parker announced Monday 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 announced the playmaker on his Twitter account just after announcing his decision in an interview with the website sportsman The Undefeated, property of ESPN.



It’s 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.
Thank you!

If it is under the colors of the Charlotte Hornets that he is retiring - a club he joined last summer to evolve with his compatriot Nicolas Batum under the direction of the ultimate legend Michael Jordan - it is good at the San Antonio Spurs that his memory will be forever associated.

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

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.



MVP of the finals in 2007



During this splendid 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 MVP Best Player title in the Finals in 2007. Overall, his NBA career, he has averaged 15.5 points 49.1% shooting success and 5.6 assists.

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

At 36, after several injury-stricken seasons, in 2018, he decided to bring his talents to North Carolina to help young Charlotte Hornets progress. You have to understand how Pop Popovich is. He wants to win a title every year. The NBA is a youth league; He saw my role. Differently, he explained.

Even though her contribution to the field has been impressive, Charlotte has failed to qualify for the playoffs this season, the franchise's stated goal.

In parallel with his NBA career, he led the French team to its first title, 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. In France, he remains one of the most famous sportsmen, in particular thanks to his marriage - now over - with the American actress Eva Longoria, who made the headlines.

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