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Spurs’ Gregg Popovich shows nothing but love for Tony Parker with emotional message

Gregg Popovich, Tony Parker

Rarely do we see San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich wear his emotions on his sleeve, but he made an exemption for Tony Parker on Monday.

The multi-titled franchise honored one of its best players to ever don the Spurs colors, shortly after the team’s 109-113 defeat to the Memphis Grizzlies at the AT&T Center.

A teary-eyed coach Pop had nothing but kind words during Parker’s jersey retirement ceremony, as he recalled how he gave the then 19-year-old Frenchmen the keys to the Spurs franchise when they drafted him 28th overall in the 2001 Draft.

“But more than anything, Tony Parker was someone who cared for his teammates, he cared about the community, he cared about basketball, he cared about his friends. And now, his wonderful, beautiful family,” Pop said.

Parker orchestrated the Spurs’ dynasty in the early 2000s’ winning four NBA titles under Popovich’s guidance. He had six All-Star appearances and was named Finals MVP in 2007.

He announced his retirement from basketball in the offseason, after spending one year with the Charlotte Hornets.

 

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