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National Basketball Association star Tony Parker announces retirement after 18 seasons

18 June 2019

"At the end of the day, I had the feeling that if I can't be more Tony Parker and Championships can play, I don't play Basketball anymore".

BC-BKN-Hornets-Parker Retiring, 3rd Ld-Writethru, 463Tony Parker says he's retiring from National Basketball Association after 18 seasonsAP Photo NY158, NY161, NY163, NY162, NY160, NY159Eds: Updates with quotes from Gregg Popovich; adds additional photo links. The 37-Year-old in the U.S. sports channel ESPN announced.

"I'm going to retire", Parker told Spears.

The 37-year-old had a reasonably productive year with the Charlotte Hornets after 17 years as a member of the San Antonio Spurs but cited several reasons for his decision to walk away. Parker helped capture four championships with the Spurs while becoming the first European player to win NBA Finals MVP in 2007. Parker didn't play in the Hornets' last 13 games, after a mid-March road loss to the Miami Heat that was a blow to the Hornets' playoff hopes. "A lot of different stuff ultimately led me to this decision", Parker continued.

Parker said he did not want a farewell season like Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki experienced, and that was mostly because he was no longer wearing a Spurs uniform. "I want to ski", Parker told the outlet.

"It never gets old, and so that's why it was nice to win with my women's team, because winning championships is hard to explain to somebody how you feel", shared Parker.

Parker has a career average of 15.5 points, 5.6 assists and 2.7 rebounds. Duncan retired in 2016 and Ginobili in 2018. "I had a great time in Charlotte". He also made the All-NBA second team between from 2012 to 2014.

For now he plans to stay in San Antonio. "Hall of Fame player, great teammate and a great friend".

National Basketball Association star Tony Parker announces retirement after 18 seasons