Gregg Popovich says Tony Parker ‘was just a class act’ with Spurs
San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich says Tony Parker “was just a class act” during his tenure with San Antonio.
Parker is getting his No. 9 jersey retired by the Spurs on Monday:
“From beginning to end, he was just a class act.” – Coach Pop on Tony Parker
— Paul Garcia (@PaulGarciaNBA) November 11, 2019
Parker spent the first 17 years of his NBA career with the Spurs and became a legend. The guard was a six-time All-Star in San Antonio, won four NBA championships and was the 2007 Finals MVP when the team defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers in four games.
Parker played in 1,198 games with the Spurs. He finished his San Antonio career with averages of 15.8 points, 2.8 rebounds and 5.7 assists.
Parker played with the Charlotte Hornets last season, putting up 9.5 points, 1.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists in 56 regular season games. The 37-year-old, who will easily go down as one of the best international players of all time, retired from the NBA this summer.
San Antonio’s core of Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili and Gregg Popovich won four championships together. They will forever be linked and will all be in the NBA Hall of Fame one day.
Monday will be an emotional night for Parker and his family. Spurs fans will surely chant Parker’s name during the jersey ceremony and plenty of No. 9 jerseys will be worn that night.
It should be a special night in San Antonio.