Tony Parker to Retire From the NBA After 18 Seasons

Tony Parker Hornets

Tony Parker Hornets

The French point guard was drafted 28th by the San Antonio Spurs in 2001 and won the title with them in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014, before joining the Charlotte Hornets last season.

And now that he's got more free time, Parker is looking forward to doing "a lot of stuff".

In an interview with The Undefeated on Monday, six-time All-Star Parker said he was walking away from the sport after realising that he could no longer compete at the very highest level. Parker had previously mentioned that his goal was to play 20 seasons, but decided that his 18th would be his last.

Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak congratulated Parker on a "remarkable career". Parker told The Undefeated that his body is still in playing shape and he could play at least two more years, but the time to hang it up seemed clear.

Announcing his retirement following the Mavericks' final home game this season, Nowitzki will go down as one of the greatest shooting bigs in basketball history. I had a great time in Charlotte. "So, for me, it's different".

Parker was also a European champion with France in 2013.

". We're always going to be remembered together".

Parker's decision is no surprise. "And so I knew that the time changed, and I was being very nostalgic", Parker said.

"Our guys are helping us win games right now", Borrego said on March 26 before the Hornets beat the Spurs, .

Even if Parker only saved a part of his money, he should still have more than enough in the bank to make sure he never works again.

"They were like, 'Are you sure?'" Parker said.

"For 17 years, every year that I started with the Spurs, I really thought that we had a good chance to win the championship". In 2018-19, he averaged 9.5 points and 3.7 assists in just under 18 minutes per game off the Hornets' bench.

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.