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Now that he won't have to worry about National Basketball Association practices and games, Parker said he was going to stay in San Antonio, which he considers home, and travel more to France and other parts of the world. Charlotte missing the playoffs had to have hurt Parker, but he did acknowledge the organization and said he had a "great time" with the Hornets.
French basketball star Tony Parker announced his retirement from the sport on Monday at the age of 37.
Parker then broke out during his second season, registering 15.5 points, 5.3 assists, and 2.6 boards across 33.8 minutes a night while making 46.4 percent of his field-goal attempts, 33.7 percent of his long-distance tries and 75.5 percent of his foul shots en route to helping the Spurs win the championship.
Parker is at peace with his decision, and noted that if he isn't playing for an NBA Championship, he doesn't feel quite right.
Following his retirement, Parker plans to reside in San Antonio, and he will also spend time in France as the owner and president of ASVEL, a French professional men's and women's basketball club.
There is no doubt that Parker's jersey will be hanging in the rafters alongside his two best friends and teammates', and it will be a joy to see the fellas get back together again to celebrate his accomplishments during that ceremony. He spent 17 years with the Spurs before joining the Hornets for one final season. "But, at the end of the day, I was like if, I can't be a Tony Parker anymore and I can't play for a championship, I don't want to play basketball anymore". "I want to ski", Parker told the outlet. "I'm grateful for the year he spent with us here in Charlotte and we wish him the best as he moves on to the next chapter of his life". The former No. 5 overall pick was a three-time NBA champion, 2006 NBA Finals MVP, 13-time NBA All-Star and two-time All-NBA First Team member.
During his career, Parker won four championships with the Spurs.