Tony Parker plans to retire as a Spur

NBA.com Global on Aug 23, 2018 07:11 AM
Tony Parker plans to retire as a Spur
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NBA.com staff report

For the first time since 2000-01, the San Antonio Spurs will start their season without guard Tony Parker on the roster. The six-time All-Star and former Finals MVP moved on from the only NBA city he had known this summer, joining the Charlotte Hornets as a free agent. There seemed to be no hard feelings on either side over that parting and, once his career is over, Parker plans to return to San Antonio at least one last time.

In an interview with the Chinese web site HUPU, Parker made it clear he plans to retire with the Spurs when his playing days are through. Jeff Garcia of News4SA.com has more:

Is it possible that you will retire as a Spurs player in the future?

Parker:Yes, I will retire as a Spurs player.

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And Parker doesn't rule out going back to the team that launched his pro career.

Do you still have the possibility to return to the Spurs?

Parker: I will never say impossible. Now I have signed a two-year contract with the Hornets, and no one will know about the future.

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Parker signed a 2-year deal with the Hornets and will rejoin former Spurs coach James Borrego who is the new head coach in Charlotte.

But San Antonio will always be in his heart.

Parker: I always love San Antonio and the Spurs.

Parker is expected to backup All-Star guard Kemba Walker -- who is entering his final year of his contract -- in Charlotte.

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