San Antonio Spurs Welcome Tony Parker Back, Retire his Jersey Number
Earlier in the week, the San Antonio Spurs honoured Tony Parker.
The trifecta of Spurs greatness is finally complete!
Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and now Parker have all seen their jersey numbers retired. A trio that over the past two decades, has helped bring the organization to prominence and maintain it’s greatness. Together, the trio won four NBA championships, with Duncan winning a fifth prior to Parker and Ginobili’s arrival.
That being said, this week was all about honouring Parker. The 37-year old spent 17 seasons with the Spurs, being named to six All-Star teams in the process. He retired from the NBA at the conclusion of last season as the franchise’s all-time leader in assists.
“Tony Parker was someone that cared about his teammates, he cared about his community, he cared about basketball, his friends, and now his wonderful, beautiful family,” Gregg Popovich said.
“Thank you for everything you’ve done for our organization. I love you,” he added after which he went over and hugged his former point guard.
When asked what Parker will miss the most about his tenure with the Spurs, Parker very quickly replied: “winning”.
“It never gets old, and so that’s why it was nice to win with my women’s team, because winning championships is hard to explain to somebody how you feel,” explained Parker. “As a player, it was great to win championship, and now as an owner, when you build from scratch everything, I’m happier for them. It’s priceless to see their faces. But it never gets old. Winning championships never gets old.”
An international legend and future Hall of Famer, Parker will always have a home in San Antonio.