According to a report from The Undefeated, long-time San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker has announced his retirement.
“I’m going to retire,” Parker told The Undefeated. “I decided that I’m not going to play basketball anymore.”
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 Tony Parker anymore and I can’t play for a championship, I don’t want to play basketball anymore.”
Parker left the Spurs last offseason to join the Hornets as a free agent.
When he left, Gregg Popovich thanked Parker for his time in San Antonio in a heartfelt message.
“It’s difficult to put into words how important Tony Parker has been to the Spurs franchise over the past two decades. From his first game in 2001 at age 19, TP has impressed and inspired us - day-after-day, game-after-game, season-after-season - with his passion, dedication and desire. We are grateful to Tony for 17 years of truly amazing memories. While the four championships, six All-Star appearances and four All-NBA selections highlight his resume, the biggest joy for me has been to have the pleasure of watching TP grow up before our eyes. All of us in the Spurs organization will miss having Tony in our program and wish him and his family the best as he continues his remarkable career in Charlotte.”
Parker's retirement marks the end of the Spurs' "Big 3" era with Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili retiring before him.
Parker played 17 seasons with the Spurs and helped the team win four of five NBA titles. He was named the 2007 NBA Finals MVP and went on to become a multiple All-Star in San Antonio.
"I'm at peace with it," Parker said. "It's been a long time that I've been in peace with that decision because I've prepared myself for that, too, with all the stuff that I'm doing, the two teams I own in France and my international school opening in September. I have so much stuff going on that I've always been at peace with that decision.
Parker has made it clear he intends to make San Antonio home so fans can still see him from time to time.
Parker will be a lock for the Basketball Hall of Fame once he is eligible.