Four-time NBA champion Tony Parker has announced his retirement
Tony Parker was drafted 28th by the San Antonio Spurs in 2001 and won the title with them in 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2014. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Parker was the first European to become an NBA Finals MVP (2007).
“If I can’t be a Tony Parker anymore and I can’t play for a championship, I don’t want to play basketball anymore,” he told the Undefeated.
Parker, 37, retires with 1,254 regular-season games played, having averaged 15.5 points, 5.6 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game.
Parker will be best known for being a member of the Spurs’ Big Three, with Duncan and Ginobili, while being coached by Gregg Popovich.
They played together from 2002 to 2016 and won titles in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014. One of the most successful trios in NBA history, they played over 1,000 games together. Duncan retired in 2016, Ginobili retired in 2018, and both have since had their jerseys retired by the Spurs. The team is expected to retire Parker’s No. 9 jersey as well.
“Tony Parker obviously has had an amazing career. I’ve had a blessing to be with him since he was 19 years old,” Popovich said.
Parker told Duncan and Ginobili he was retiring during a recent lunch in San Antonio.
“They were like, ‘Are you sure?'” Parker said. “And I was like, ‘Yeah, I’m sure.’ And so, they’re like, ‘If you’re sure, man, I’m so happy for you. I’m so happy for you. We had a great run and can’t wait to beat you up on tennis and spending more time together.’
“… We’re always going to be remembered together. But it was great to share that moment with them. It’s crazy. We came from three different backgrounds and came together.”