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Longtime Spurs guard Tony Parker retires at 37

Former Spurs guard Tony Parker, a four-time NBA champion, told ESPN.com that he is retiring from the league after 18 seasons.

“I’m going to retire. … I decided that I’m not going to play basketball anymore,” Parker told ESPN reporter Marc J. Spears.

Parker, 37, retires after 1,254 regular-season games played. He averaged 15.5 points, 5.6 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game in a career that likely will have him headed for the Basketball Hall of Fame.

The Spurs selected Parker with the 28th overall pick in the first round of the 2001 NBA draft. Along with Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, the Spurs’ “Big Three” claimed four titles together. Parker was the first European to earn the NBA Finals MVP after the Spurs beat Cleveland and LeBron James in 2007.

Parker played for the Spurs from 2001 through 2018 and finished with his final season with the Charlotte Bobcats in the most recent season. He was a six-time NBA All-Star.

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