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LaVar Ball
06-10-2019, 12:08 PM
After 18 seasons, Tony Parker says he is "not going to play basketball anymore."

(via @MarcJSpearsESPN)


3 finals MVPs retiring at the end of the 2018-19 season

2006: Wade
2007: Parker
2011: Nowitzki

R. Johnson#3
06-10-2019, 12:26 PM
Sucks that he pulled a Hakeem. Did he sign a 1 day contract to retire a Spur at least?

Chronz
06-10-2019, 03:21 PM
What was the story behind the Spurs not riding him out

R. Johnson#3
06-10-2019, 03:22 PM
Pretty sure he wanted playing time. Prior to all the injuries the Spurs backcourt had a lot of young talent going into 2018/19.

LaVar Ball
06-11-2019, 06:59 AM
Karl Malone, Hakeem Olajuwon and now Tony Parker.


Guys who could've been Jazz, Rockets and Spurs for life respectively had they not had the itch to "try to prove something else" in the last year of their careers via free agency (Malone-Lakers, Parker-Hornets) or getting traded in the last year and deciding to play out their contract somewhere else (Olajuwon-Raptors). They could have been lifers like Kobe (Lakers), Magic (Lakers), Duncan (Spurs), Dirk (Mavs), Reggie Miller (Pacers), John Stockton (Jazz).





Jordan (Bulls for 13 yrs and Wizards for 2 years) and Patrick Ewing (Knicks for 15 yrs, Sonics for 1 yr and Magic for 1 yr) also come to mind of guys who could've finished their career with 1 team but it did nothing for them to move on to other situations the last 2 yrs of their playing careers.

hughest4
06-12-2019, 09:20 AM
I don't really think playing for another team hurts his legacy or anything like that. The guy just wanted to keep playing ball. It would be different if it ended poorly between the two sides.
He was a great Spur for a long time. Thats how he should be and will be remembered.

kdspurman
06-12-2019, 10:18 AM
Pretty sure he wanted playing time. Prior to all the injuries the Spurs backcourt had a lot of young talent going into 2018/19.

Yea, that's exactly it. Plus, he got a chance to play for MJ (childhood idol), his boy Batum, and of course he'd been very familiar with Borrego.

kdspurman
06-12-2019, 10:24 AM
Guy was so good in his prime, but often overlooked. He'll probably get into a FO role in a couple years.

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JoBlowDownTheSt
06-13-2019, 05:51 AM
Sad one :(

IndyRealist
06-13-2019, 06:52 AM
Karl Malone, Hakeem Olajuwon and now Tony Parker.


Guys who could've been Jazz, Rockets and Spurs for life respectively had they not had the itch to "try to prove something else" in the last year of their careers via free agency (Malone-Lakers, Parker-Hornets) or getting traded in the last year and deciding to play out their contract somewhere else (Olajuwon-Raptors). They could have been lifers like Kobe (Lakers), Magic (Lakers), Duncan (Spurs), Dirk (Mavs), Reggie Miller (Pacers), John Stockton (Jazz).





Jordan (Bulls for 13 yrs and Wizards for 2 years) and Patrick Ewing (Knicks for 15 yrs, Sonics for 1 yr and Magic for 1 yr) also come to mind of guys who could've finished their career with 1 team but it did nothing for them to move on to other situations the last 2 yrs of their playing careers.

Malone made sense. His entire time in Utah he didn't get a ring, and went to chase one with the Lakers. None of the others really had any reason to keep playing. Gary Payton did the same thing.