Tony Parker an­nounces re­tire­ment from NBA

Lodi News-Sentinel - - SPORTS - — Rick Bon­nell, The Char­lotte Ob­server

The Char­lotte Hor­nets have a de­ci­sion from one of their point guards; no, not All-Star free agent Kemba Walker.

Tony Parker, a Hall of Fame lock from his years with the San An­to­nio Spurs, told The Un­de­feated web­site Mon­day that he is re­tir­ing af­ter 18 NBA sea­sons.

Parker said he felt good enough phys­i­cally to play two more years, but "I was like, if I can't be Tony Parker any­more and I can't play for a cham­pi­onship, I don't want to play bas­ket­ball any­more."

Parker's de­ci­sion is no sur­prise. He said fol­low­ing the sea­son he was 50-50 on whether to play next sea­son, and any chance he'd be play­ing for the Hor­nets again was con­tin­gent on them field­ing a ros­ter that would con­tend for the play­offs. That is far from a given, par­tic­u­larly with Walker's sta­tus in Char­lotte un­de­cided.

Parker was un­der con­tract to the Hor­nets next sea­son for $5.25 mil­lion, which was not guar­an­teed. Parker said the Hor­nets were lob­by­ing him to re­turn for his lead­er­ship and men­tor­ing. The French­man also would have been an ex­cel­lent mar­ket­ing tool, since the Hor­nets are go­ing to play the first NBA reg­u­lar-sea­son in Paris in Jan­uary against the Mil­wau­kee Bucks.

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