6x All-Star, 4x NBA Champion, and 2007 Finals MVP Tony Parker is calling it quits after 18 long and accomplished NBA seasons. Here is what he told The Undefeated’s Marc Spears:
“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.”
Things went south for Parker after the Kawhi Leonard situation put him in a bad way with the franchise. Suddenly, Parker was blamed by the fans and even some within the organization for pushing away the franchise’s future (Kawhi Leonard).
He was exiled in the offseason and spent some time in Charlotte — who finished outside of the playoff picture.
Parker is a winner, he is a team-first guy, and his identity seems to have been skewed since the Leonard situation went sour. Nonetheless, he still has a resume most players dream about. So as Parker joins other legends (Dirk, Wade) on the golf course this summer, his legacy will not be an easy one for anybody to forget — especially those in San Antonio who have witness Parker lead their team to some historic runs.