Tony Parker: Four-time National Basketball Association champion retires aged 37

Tony Parker says he's retiring from the NBA after 18 seasons

The longtime San Antonio Spurs point guard told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated that he will retire after 18 National Basketball Association seasons, citing his inability to compete for a championship as a primary factor. He spent the first 17 seasons of his career with the Spurs prior to spending the past year with the Charlotte Hornets. "'You don't want to do like Dwyane and Dirk?' And I said, 'No, because it's not on the Spurs jersey, '" Parker said.

There was hope that Parker would play his 20th season as a Spur, but those dreams are now over. While Parker intends to spend more time working closely with ASVEL and his new school, he plans to continue to have a home base in San Antonio.

"A lot of different stuff ultimately led me to this decision", Parker told Spears. Parker helped capture four championships with the Spurs while becoming the first European player to win NBA Finals MVP in 2007.

After 16-years in the NBA, Wade announced that the 2018-2019 NBA season would be his last. I had a great time in Charlotte.

Parker is at peace with his decision because it is something that he has prepared himself for.

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"When it comes, I'll be ready to leave it to the young guys. So that's why for me, I understood very early, that when it's time to [retire], I'll be fine with it". "So that's why, for me, I understood very early that when it's time to [retire], I'll be fine with it".

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.

"Winning", Parker said. "Winning". It's priceless to see their faces. He averaged 9.5 points and 3.7 assists across 56 games with Charlotte last season, in which he served as a backup to All-Star guard Kemba Walker.

San Antonio Spurs guard Tony Parker speaks during a media session for their NBA Finals basketball series against the Miami Heat in San Antonio, Texas June 7, 2014.

Parker developed from a teenager with raw talent into a poised leader as he got older, directing the Spurs offense through his high basketball IQ.

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