After 18 seasons in the NBA, point guard Tony Parker plans to retire from the NBA, Marc Spears of The Undefeated reports. A four-time NBA Champion with the San Antonio Spurs, Parker was a key member of their dynasty after getting drafted in 2001 as the last pick in the first round.
For his career, the six-time All Stars boasts averages of 15.5 points, 5.6 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game.
Additionally, he told The Undefeated, he'll open an global school in Lyon, France, called the Tony Parker Adequat Academy.
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Tony Parker's remarkable National Basketball Association career is coming to a close. He says he still feels good enough to play, but he also felt that the time to hang up his basketball shoes was now.
"I want to congratulate Tony on a truly remarkable career".
He had previously said that he would like to play for 20 seasons, but he'll fall just shy of that mark.
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Parker's decision is no surprise. "I have so much stuff going on that I've always been at peace with that decision".
The next chapter for Parker includes spending time in France as the owner and president of ASVEL - a French men's and women's basketball club. Parker said on Twitter. He said following the season he was 50-50 on whether to play next season, and any chance he'd be playing for the Hornets again was contingent on them fielding a roster that would contend for the playoffs. But at the same time, now I don't see any reason to play 20 seasons. Parker turned down a player's option for next season with the Hornets that would have paid $5.25 million.
"Our guys are helping us win games right now", Borrego said on March 26 before the Hornets beat the Spurs, . "I'm grateful for the year he spent with us here in Charlotte and we wish him the best as he moves on to the next chapter of his life".
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