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Tony Parker announces his retirement

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The veteran point guard has decided to hang it up after 18 NBA seasons.

NBA: Charlotte Hornets at Miami Heat Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Charlotte Hornets point guard Tony Parker announced that he was retiring from the NBA today, via Marc Spears of the Undefeated. His reasoning:

A lot of different stuff ultimately led me to this decision. But, at the end of the day, 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 clearly misses his time with the San Antonio Spurs and understandably struggles getting motivated to play for a team that doesn’t have title aspirations. He also said he wants to spend more time with his family back in San Antonio.

Parker played well in a reserve role for the Hornets last season, averaging 9.5 points and 3.7 assists per game while taking over a number of games in the fourth quarter. All of the Hornets’ guards have spoken highly of Parker and credited him with improving their games and teaching them how to win.

His retirement leaves the Hornets with a hole at backup point guard and $5 million less committed to the salary cap. Devonte’ Graham showed potential as a rookie, but the team will likely elect to bring in another veteran to stabilize the position.