Published: Wed, June 12, 2019
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Hornets Statements On Tony Parker Retirement

Hornets Statements On Tony Parker Retirement

The 37-year-old San Antonio Spurs player confirmed his decision to ESPN's The Undefeated in an article published on Monday, also tweeting, "It's with a lot of emotion that I retire from basketball, it was an incredible journey!" It was only fitting that Parker made the announcement in San Antonio, the city where he spent all but one season of his Hall of Fame career. He was selected to the All-Star team six times and was named second-team All-NBA three times.

Though the Hornets were still in the hunt for a playoff spot, they went full youth, and Parker, as he had in the final season with the Spurs, would need to be a mentor from the bench. "And if I don't play for a championship, I feel like, why are we playing?".

Last summer, Parker signed a 2-year, $10 million contract to continue his career with the Hornets after it was clear the Spurs meant to move on from the 37-year-old.

Though he initially wanted to play in the league for 20 seasons, Parker realized after last season that it was time for him to walk away and focus on other aspects of his life.

"For 17 years, every year that I started with the Spurs, I really thought that we had a good chance to win a championship", Parker said.

"At the end of the season, I just knew it was time", Parker told The Undefeated.

The Spurs selected Parker with the 28th overall pick in the 2001 National Basketball Association draft.

Parker is at peace with his decision because it is something that he has prepared himself for. Parker said on Twitter.

". We're always going to be remembered together". In 56 games, he averaged 9.5 points and 3.7 assists. The game of basketball is for young guys.

Moving forward, Parker told The Undefeated he plans to live in San Antonio while also returning to France, where he is the owner and president of AVSEL, a French professional basketball club with men's and women's teams. But at the same time, now I don't see any reason to play 20 seasons. As a player, it was great to win championships, and now as an owner, when you build from scratch everything, I'm happier for them.

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