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Four-time NBA champion Tony Parker announces retirement from basketball

Monday 10 June 2019 18:26, UK

Charlotte Hornets' Tony Parker  says he is undecided on his future plans.
Image: Charlotte Hornets' Tony Parker has decided to end his basketball career aged 37

Four-time NBA champion Tony Parker has announced his retirement from basketball after an 18-year career.

The 37-year-old spent 17 years with the San Antonio Spurs, where he won all four of his titles in 2003, 2005, 2007, and 2014.

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The point guard spent his final season in the NBA with the Charlotte Hornets but said on Twitter on Monday that he would be bringing his playing career to a close.

Tony Parker in action for the San Antonio Spurs 5:04
The best moments from four-time NBA champion Tony Parker's time with the San Antonio Spurs.

"It's with a lot of emotion that I retire from basketball, it was an incredible journey!" he said. "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!"

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Parker was a six-time NBA All-Star and was crowned NBA Finals MVP in 2007.

Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili celebrate San Antonio's 2014 NBA title win
Image: Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili celebrate San Antonio's 2014 NBA title win

He reached the postseason every year of his career outside of his final season, where he was not a major part of Charlotte's rotation.

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 per game.

Parker retires as San Antonio's all-time leader in assists.

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