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Tony Parker, Former Spurs Star, Retires From NBA


Parker, 37, was a six-time N. B. A. All-Star and the Spurs’ point guard during their run of four championships. He was the first European-born finals MVP.
Tony Parker, France’s most successful basketball export and a four-time champion with the San Antonio Spurs, has announced his retirement.
“It’s with a lot of emotion that I retire from basketball,” Parker said Monday in a Twitter post.
Parker made the announcement in both English and French and wrote that he “never thought I would live all those unbelievable moments with the N. B. A. and the French national team.”
After 17 seasons with the Spurs, Parker, 37, played this season with the Charlotte Hornets. Coached by the former Spurs assistant coach James Borrego, Parker was an effective reserve in Charlotte’s bid to secure an Eastern Conference playoff spot, falling just short.
In tandem with Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili — under the famously demanding push of Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich along the way — Parker formed one of the most successful trios in league history.

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