Published: Wed, June 12, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Four-time NBA winner Parker announces retirement

Four-time NBA winner Parker announces retirement

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 a year ago joining the Charlotte Hornets, who missed out on the playoffs with a 39-43 record.

And now that he's got more free time, Parker is looking forward to doing "a lot of stuff".

"I'm going to retire", Parker told The Undefeated.

In order to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, retired players must fulfill a variety of requirements.

"It is with great emotion that I put an end to my career", Parker wrote in his farewell. Parker told The Undefeated that his body is still in playing shape and he could play at least two more years, but the time to hang it up seemed clear.

"A lot of different stuff [brought me to make this decision]", Parker said. "But, at the end of the day, 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'".

Parker had previously spoken of his desire to play 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association, but said his view changed after playing in Charlotte, who finished outside the playoff standings. He wanted his retirement announcement to be released Monday. "I've had a blessing to be with him since he was 19 years old", Popovich said.

". We're always going to be remembered together". He's the owner of ASVEL in France, whose women's team just won their first championship.

"Last season was very different for me", Parker said.

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

Asked what he'll miss the most about professional basketball, Parker stated, simply, "Winning".

"They were like, 'Are you sure?'" Parker said.

Parker walks away as the Spurs all-time leader in assists, and he is also top five in franchise history in games played, points, and steals.

In a video posted Monday by ESPN, Parker announced that he was hanging it up after 18 years in the league.

"It was kind of different because I was in there with Charlotte, so I didn't feel like the need of having a goodbye".

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