During his time with the San Antonio Spurs, Tony Parker was part of one of the best trios in the history of the NBA. Playing alongside Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili, Parker’s Spurs won four NBA titles and put together countless 50-win seasons. That they were also coached by future Hall of Famer Gregg Popovich, which only added to their legend.
All of those are in the past for Parker now, however, as he’s decided to join the Charlotte Hornets by agreeing to a two-year deal with the Eastern Conference franchise. In 17 years of being a Spur and on the same team with Duncan and Ginobili under the watch of Popovich, Parker looked back and reminisced a bit about the good times he had with them in San Antonio, per Marc J. Spears of ESPN’s Undefeated.
“It was unbelievable. I feel very blessed to have played with Timmy, Manu and coach Pop. Amazing journey. It was a great run. I went to five Finals. It was great fun,” new Hornets guard Tony Parker said on his time with the Spurs.
Parker, who played 55 games for San Antonio last season, is not going to find himself in another group quite like the one he had in San Antonio. In Charlotte, instead of Duncan, Parker will be making lob passes to Cody Zeller. Instead of Ginobili, he’ll be running down the court with Malik Monk. Instead of backing up Dejounte Murray as he did this past season, he’ll be behind Kemba Walker.
It’s a new environment for Tony Parker, but the memories of old will remain with him.