Hornets Parker Retires Basketball

FILE - In this Jan. 14, 2019, file photo, Charlotte Hornets' Tony Parker laughs on the bench during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs, in San Antonio. Four-time NBA champion Tony Parker has announced he's retiring after 18 seasons. The 37-year-old guard played 17 said on Twitter Monday, June 10, 2019, that it was an emotional decision and that it has been an "incredible journey." He played 17 seasons for the San Antonio Spurs and made the postseason every year of his career before joining the Hornets last season and missing the playoffs. He was selected to the All-Star team six times and was named second-team All-NBA three times. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Four-time NBA champion Tony Parker has announced he's retiring after 18 seasons.

The 37-year-old guard said on Twitter Monday that it was an emotional decision and that it has been an "incredible journey." He played 17 seasons for the San Antonio Spurs and made the postseason every year of his career before joining the Hornets last season and missing the playoffs. He was selected to the All-Star team six times and was named second-team All-NBA three times.

ESPN was first to report the news.

Parker started 1,151 games regular season games and averaged 15.5 points and 5.6 assists per game. He also played in 226 playoffs games, averaging 17.9 points and 5.1 assists per game.

Parker had one year left on his contract with the Hornets, but was not a major part of Charlotte's rotation late last season.

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