Monday, June 10, 2019
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Four-time NBA champion Tony Parker's impressive career is over.
Parker announced Monday he's retiring from basketball after 18 seasons in the NBA. The 37-year-old guard said on Twitter it was an emotional decision.
"It's with a lot of emotion that I retire from basketball, it was an incredible journey!" Parker tweeted. "Even in my wildest dreams, I never thought I would live all those unbelievable moments with the NBA and the French National Team. Thank you for everything!"
Parker played 17 seasons for the San Antonio Spurs and made the postseason every year of his career before joining the Charlotte Hornets last season and missing the playoffs. He was selected to the All-Star team six times and was named second-team All-NBA three times.
Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he's loved Parker for a long time and praised him for an "amazing career."
"It has been a blessing to be with him since he was 19 years old," Popovich said on a USA Basketball conference call Monday. "I have watched him develop as a player and human being and as a business man."
Parker started 1,151 regular-season games and averaged 15.5 points and 5.6 assists per game. He also played in 226 playoffs games, averaging 17.9 points and 5.1 assists.