Former San Antonio Spurs legend Tony Parker announces retirement from NBA

Tony Parker has retired from the NBA after 18 seasons

NBA great Tony Parker announced Monday he is retiring from basketball after 18 seasons spent between the San Antonio Spurs and Charlotte Hornets.

The six-time All-Star played for the Spurs from 2001 to 2018 and played his final season with the Charlotte Hornets in 2018-19. "For me, the goodbye will be when my jersey will be retired [in San Antonio] or I make the Hall of Fame". Parker had previously mentioned that his goal was to play 20 seasons, but decided that his 18th would be his last.

Parker intends to continue his career in basketball, even if it's not on the court as a player.

"A lot of different stuff ultimately led me to this decision", Parker told Spears. After spending just one season with the Hornets, don't be surprised if Parker signs a one-day contract with the Spurs to retire as a member of the team he played 17 years for.

And so I wanted to spend more time with them. and I wanted to play 20 seasons and I still think I can play.

Parker, who is considered to be one of the best worldwide players to ever play in the league, won the four National Basketball Association titles in an incredible run with the Spurs and teammates Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili. I have a lot of great stuff in my life. "I want to ski", Parker told the outlet. "So that's why for me, I understood very early, that when it's time to [retire], I'll be fine with it".

". We're always going to be remembered together".

"Our guys are helping us win games right now", Borrego said on March 26 before the Hornets beat the Spurs, .

Without a doubt, Parker will be sorely missed in the league.

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

"If I don't play for a championship, I feel like, 'Why are we playing?'" he added.

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.

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker speaks during a media session for their NBA Finals basketball series against the Miami Heat in San Antonio, Texas June 7, 2014.

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