Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Manu Ginobili reunite in San Antonio to welcome French female basketball team
The San Antonio Spurs dynasty has long since been over. But with the retirement of Tony Parker following the 2018-19 season comes a certain finality to one of the best eras in NBA history, even though the future Hall-of-Fame point guard spent his final season playing away from the Alamo City with the Charlotte Hornets.
The silver lining of Parker’s retirement? Moments like Thursday’s, when he and fellow former Spurs greats Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili were photographed with French female basketball team Lyon ASVEL at San Antonio’s practice facility.
🤩 Les Lionnes et le légendaire Big Three des San Antonio Spurs ! Un super accueil de Manu Ginobili et Tim Duncan dans "leur" gym 👍#ASVElles
Parker became president of Lyon ASVEL in 2014. He’s now a co-owner.
Duncan, Ginobili, and Parker comprised arguably the most successful Big Three of all time from the early 2000s to the mid-2010s. San Antonio selected Duncan, a generational prospect, with the No. 1 pick in the 1998 NBA Draft, immediately staking itself as a future championship contender. The Spurs won the championship in the lockout-shortened 1999 season with a cadre of veterans including David Robinson, Avery Johnson, and Sean Elliott, but didn’t evolve into the historically-successful team we think of today until Parker and Ginobili were added in successive offseasons in 2002 and 2003.
The Spurs won the title in 2003, Ginobili’s first year after coming over from Italy, but he didn’t make much of an impact. It was in following seasons, when Ginobili and Parker asserted themselves as legitimate co-stars next to Duncan, that San Antonio really came into its own. The team won championships again in 2005 and 2007, then avenged a heartbreaking loss in the 2013 Finals by hoisting the Larry O’Brien Trophy again in 2014, when Kawhi Leonard was named Finals MVP.