Former Spurs star Tony Parker retires after four championships

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

Former San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker confirmed his retirement from basketball on Monday after 18 seasons in the NBA.

Parker, who in 2007 became the first European to be named Most Valuable Player at an NBA Finals, spent 17 seasons with the Spurs before past year joining the Charlotte Hornets, who missed out on the playoffs with a 39-43 record.

Parker, 37, won four NBA titles (all with the San Antonio Spurs) and was named to four All-NBA teams.

Additionally, he told The Undefeated, he'll open an worldwide school in Lyon, France, called the Tony Parker Adequat Academy. "And if I don't play for a championship, I feel like, why are we playing?".

That trio appeared in five NBA Finals, their only loss coming in 2013 when they were seconds away from clinching a fifth title when Miami pulled off a miraculous Game Six escape before prevailing in the decisive seventh game of the series.

'You don't want to do like Dwyane and Dirk?' And I said, 'No, because it's not on the Spurs jersey.' So, for me, it's different. "I decided that I'm not going to play basketball anymore".

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Parker put up 9.5 points and 3.7 assists per game for the Hornets this season but it was an adjustment for the guard to begin a campaign without a reasonable chance of competing for an National Basketball Association title.

Announcing his retirement following the Mavericks' final home game this season, Nowitzki will go down as one of the greatest shooting bigs in basketball history. I have a lot of great stuff in my life. This is very different for me after 17 years with the Spurs.

". We're always going to be remembered together". And so I knew that the time changed, and I was being very nostalgic.

The athlete will continue to live in San Antonio, Texas, he said, but will also spend time in France, where he owns and serves as president of ASVEL - a professional men's and women's basketball club.

"Winning", Parker said. "Winning". The decision was due in part to the lack of success the Hornets had last season, although he does not regret his decision to join the Hornets.

Parker started 1,151 regular season games and averaged 15.5 points and 5.6 assists per game.

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