NBA Great Tony Parker Calls It Quits After Two-Decades-Long Career!

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Published Date: 11 Jun, 2019 Updated date: 11 Jun, 2019

The legendary basketball point guard of the San Antonio Spurs, Tony Parker decides to hang up his playing boots after a dominant professional career. Tony bagged four NBA championships with the Spurs side over the course of 17 years.

Speaking to the ESPN’s The Undefeated, Tony Parker announced his retirement from the basketball fraternity on Monday, 10 June 2019. He also publicized the decision via his Twitter handle on the same day.

The 37-year-old Belgian athlete played for the Charlotte Hornets in the last bit of his career. He is primarily known for his glorifying 17-seasons-long stint with the San Antonio Spurs.

Tony joined the San Antonio Spurs as the 28th overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft. Prior to that, he played for two years for Paris Basket Racing of the French Basketball League from 1999 to 2001.

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Besides the promising stats of .492 field-goal percentage and .326 3-point field-goal percentage from 1198 games, Tony won four NBA titles (2003, 2005, 2007, and 2014) with the Spurs. His other major career highlights include six NBA All-Star games, three All-NBA Second Teams, and NBA Finals MVP.

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Catch Tony Parker’s NBA career stats (Picture: ESPN)

Following his career at the Spurs, Tony also became a team owner and president of the French basketball team, ASVEL in 2014.

Tony’s post-retirement plan is to open an International school in Lyon, France, called the Tony Parker Adequat Academy. Besides, he also dreams of becoming an NBA owner one day.

Tony Parker’s Bio: Age, Net Worth

Born to a former basketball player father Tony Parker Sr., the 37-years-of-age NBA legend opened his baby eyes for the first time on 17 May 1982 as William Anthony Parker Jr. He was born in Bruges, Belgium, and raised in France by his father and a Dutch model mother, Pamela Firestone. Tony shared his childhood with his younger brothers, Pierre Parker and TJ. Parker.

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For his astonishing professional basketball career, Tony Parker summons a hefty net worth of $75 Million. Besides, his salary as a basketball point guard swirled around $12.55 Million.

Tony’s Relationship Life: Wife, Dating

Tony Parker started dating American actress Eva Longoria in August 2005. Later on 20 November 2006, the couple got engaged and decided to tie wedding knot in the civil service on 6 July 2007, at a Paris city hall. The very next day, they had a full Roman Catholic wedding ceremony at the Saint-Germain I’Auxerrois Church in Paris, France.

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Tony Parker with his wife Axelle Francine on 10 April 2018 (Picture: Tony’s Instagram)

Unfortunately, Tony and Eva went downhill with their relationship and decided to part ways with the divorce on 28 January 2011. The same year, Tony started dating French journalist Axelle Francine. They shared the wedding vows on 2 August 2014. The married pair welcomed their two sons, Josh Parker (born in April 2014) and Liam Parker (born in July 2016).

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