Tony Parker, a four-time NBA champion, told ESPN’s The Undefeated that he is retiring after 18 seasons.
“I’m going to retire. … I decided that I’m not going to play basketball anymore,” Parker told The Undefeated.
Parker retires at the age of 37. He is retiring with 1,254 regular-season games played, having averaged 15.5 points, 5.6 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game.
The Spurs took Parker with the 28th overall pick in the 2001 NBA draft. The 6-foot-2, 185-pound Parker also became the first European to become an NBA Finals MVP (in 2007).
‘I can’t be Tony Parker anymore’
The six-time all-NBA selection played for the Spurs from 2001 to 2018 and played his final season with the Charlotte Hornets in 2018-19.
“A lot of different stuff ultimately led me to this decision,” Parker said. “But at the end of the day, I was like, 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.”
Parker will be best known for being a member of the Big Three for the Spurs with Duncan and Ginobili while being coached by Gregg Popovich.
They won titles together in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014 and played together from 2002 to 2016. One of the most successful trios in NBA history, they played over 1,000 games together.
Now, he is opening the Tony Parker Adequat Academy international school in his hometown of Lyon, France, in September. He is currently the owner and president of ASHVEL, a French professional basketball men’s and women’s club based in Lyon.