Spurs legend Tony Parker announces his retirement

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After 18 seasons in the league, the 6-foot-2 point guard concluded his playing career with averages of 15.5 points and 5.6 assists.

Their chemistry and unselfishness, combined with an unreal symbiosis with their coach Gregg Popovich, will never be duplicated in the National Basketball Association, and we were fortunate to be reminded of their greatness this season with Manu Ginobili's jersey retirement ceremony and Tony Parker's final game in San Antonio.

The 37-year-old point guard announced Monday that this past season was his last.

"I'm going to retire", Parker said, via The Undefeated.

Parker is a six-time All-Star who spent the 2018-19 season with the Charlotte Hornets.

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A sure-fire first-ballot Hall of Famer, Parker will join Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki in the stacked 2023 Hall of Fame Class.

However, there was still a chance that Parker would return to San Antonio for one last season before riding off into the sunset. He is widely regarded as the greatest French basketball player of all time. He also made the All-NBA second team between from 2012 to 2014. Duncan retired in 2016 and Ginobili in 2018.

During his career, Parker won four championships with the Spurs. He spent 17 seasons with the franchise, becoming a regular All-Star alongside the likes of Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, and under coach Gregg Popovich.

Hornets general manager Mitch Kupchak congratulated Parker on a "remarkable career" in a release. But for me, it was kind of different because I was in there with Charlotte, so I didn't feel like the need of having a goodbye.

"And being away from the family back in San Antonio, too, that played a little bit of a role [in retiring], and so I came to a conclusion that it was just time to move on".

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