San Antonio to retire Tony Parker’s jersey on Nov. 11 vs. Grizzlies
The San Antonio Spurs will honor their longtime point guard Tony Parker and retire his signature No. 9 jersey on November 11, a night in which they will face the Memphis Grizzlies, according to French newspaper Le Parisien (via KENS5 News San Antonio).
Parker played 17 seasons with the Spurs, winning four NBA titles with the organization, including a 2007 championship in which he garnered Finals MVP honors.
The 37-year-old spent his last season playing for the Charlotte Hornets, and is now the last of the Spurs’ iconic “Big Three” to retire; following Tim Duncan (2016) and Manu Ginobili (2018). Parker’s jersey will join the aforementioned in the rafters of the AT&T Center in San Antonio, with his old partners in crime Duncan and Ginobili more than likely in attendance for the evening. The French point guard spoke very highly of them at their respective jersey retirement ceremonies.
According to Le Parisien, Parker will become the first French player to have his jersey retired by an NBA team — a high honor in itself as one of the pioneers of Les Bleus, who would eventually evolve as the European powerhouse of the sport that they are today.
Parker averaged 15.5 points, 2.7 rebounds, and 5.6 assists per game for his career while becoming one of the most efficient point guards of his generation — shooting a robust 49.1% through his long journey in the league, one filled with plenty of victories since debuting in 2001.
The 6-foot-2 floor general was a constant presence in the starting lineup for his longtime coach Gregg Popovich and played the role of mentor in his last season with the team, teaching a young Dejounte Murray the ropes of the position, and now bound to be praised with the ultimate honor now that he’s decided to hang them up for good.