After 18 years in the NBA, 17 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs and his last year with the Charlotte Hornets, it’s time for Spurs fans to say “Adios” to the incredible William Tony Parker, Jr. On June 10, 2019 Parker announced that he would be retiring from the NBA. His career included four NBA titles to include a 2007 Most Valuable Player honor as well as six All-Star appearances.
In an interview with Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated, Parker made his announcement in San Antonio, telling Spears: “I’m going to retire. I decided that I’m not going to play basketball anymore.
“A lot of different stuff ultimately led me to this decision,” Parker said, per The Undefeated. “But, at the end of the day, I was like, if I can’t be Tony Parker anymore and I can’t play for a championship, I don’t want to play basketball anymore.”
Via Twitter, Parker posted the following: “It’s with a lot of emotion that I retire from basketball, it was an incredible journey! Even in my wildest dreams, I never thought I would live all those unbelievable moments with the NBA and the French National Team. Thank you for everything!”
The French Native who arrived in San Antonio at the age 19 after being selected the No. 28 pick of the 2001 NBA Draft has noted on several occasions that San Antonio will always be home, and now Parker can join the likes of George “The Ice Man” Gervin, David “The Admiral” Robinson, Sean Elliot, Tim Duncan, and Manu Ginóbili on the SRV (Spurs Retirement Vehicle).
Job well done Tony Parker.
Ime Udoka Lands Head Coach Position
According to ESPN, the Associated Press, and other sources, retired NBA player and former assistant coach of the San Antonio Spurs, Ime Udoka is set to become the Boston Celtics new head coach and the first Nigerian-American head coach in the the NBA. During his time in the NBA Udoka played seven seasons with five different teams before retiring in 2012. Shortly after retirement he joined Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs where he served as an assistant coach for seven seasons, including the 2013-14 season when they won the NBA title. In 2019, Udoka was the assist coach for the Philadelphia 76ers and last season with the Brooklyn Nets. This upcoming season will be Udoka’s first shot as head coach in the NBA.
And Another One….
Simone Biles, aka “the GOAT,” set another record Saturday, May 22, 2021 becoming the first women ever to land the extremely difficult Yurchenko double pike vault move during competition at the GK US Classic in Indianapolis. The move is a roundoff onto a springboard, followed by a back handspring onto the vaulting table, and ending with a piked double backflip into the air to landing. Historically this move has only been completed by just a few male gymnasts.
Biles, 24, successfully defended her GK US Classic all-around title. This was her first competition since October 2019.
Still elated from winning the 2021 Women’s NCAA Basketball Championship in front of her hometown crowd, San Antonio native, Wagner High School alumna, and Stanford University standout Kiana Williams is moving on up. Just recently Williams received a key to the city and now she is headed to the defending champion WNBA Seattle Storm. Williams was a drafted 18th overall in the second round of the 2021 WNBA Draft. Congratulations Kiana Williams!