April 12, 2024

Tony Parker of the San Antonio Spurs (L) reacts to the referee's call against the Los Angeles Lakers during NBA action on November 1, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. AFP PHOTO/Frederic J. BROWN (Photo credit should read FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP/Getty Images)

Former Spurs player announces retirement

Former San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker has just announced that he is retiring after 18 seasons. The 37-year-old will have played 1,254 regular season games, averaged 15.5 points, 5.6 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game.

The Spurs selected 6′ 2″ Tony Parker with the 28th overall pick in the 2001 NBA draft. Parker had formed the big three along with recently retirees Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili.

In 2007, Parker was the first European to become an NBA Finals MVP.

Parker and the Spurs had won NBA Championships in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014.

I’m going to retire… I decided that I’m not going to play basketball anymore, Parker tells ESPN.

Parker has retirement plans already by opening the Tony Parker Adéquat Academy international school in his hometown of Lyon, France in September.

Parker also says that he wants to be an NBA team owner one day.

“That is one of my dreams. Right now, I’m focusing on ASVEL and having a great experience. We’re building a new arena right now, and we’re gonna enter the EuroLeague and the EuroLeague is growing very fast. But the ultimate is to be one day an owner in the NBA. And so I’m already having talks with different people, and they’re looking at what I’m doing in France.”