Tony Parker Retiring from Basketball at 37

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Tony Parker has announced his decision to retire from the National Basketball Association after 18 seasons. He played 17 seasons for the San Antonio Spurs and made the post-season every year of his career before joining the Hornets last season and missing the playoffs.

And now that he's got more free time, Parker is looking forward to doing "a lot of stuff".

Additionally, he told The Undefeated, he'll open an worldwide school in Lyon, France, called the Tony Parker Adequat Academy. Parker had previously mentioned that his goal was to play 20 seasons, but decided that his 18th would be his last.

Tony Parker is hanging them up. He says he still feels good enough to play, but he also felt that the time to hang up his basketball shoes was now.

'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 want to congratulate Tony on a truly remarkable career". "Right now, I'm focusing on ASVEL and having a great experience". I know our organization in Charlotte is grateful for what he brought to us in our year together.

Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said he's loved Parker for a long time and praised him for an "amazing career". "So that's why for me, I understood very early, that when it's time to [retire], I'll be fine with it". "I have so much stuff going on that I've always been at peace with that decision".

"It's been a long time that I've been at peace with that decision because I've prepared myself for that, too, with all the stuff that I'm doing, the two teams I own in France and my global school opening in September", Parker said.

"They were like, 'Are you sure?'" Parker said.

"Our guys are helping us win games right now", Borrego said on March 26 before the Hornets beat the Spurs, . "And so it was very weird to arrive to a team and you're like, 'There is no way we're going to win a championship.' ..." In 56 games, he averaged 9.5 points and 3.7 assists.

Basketball fans abound are celebrating Parker's 18-year NBA career on social media today, in the wake of his announcement.

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