Tony Parker Clarifies That He Doesn't Actually Intend to Retire as a San Antonio Spur


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In what appears to be a case of a bad translation, former Spur Tony Parker said his statements about retiring in San Antonio were misunderstood.

During an interview with Chinese website last month, Parker said, "Yes, I will retire as a Spur[s player]." Or at least that's what a translation attributed Parker as saying.

But apparently that translation was taken much more literally than Parker intended. In a recent interview with French news website L'Expresso, Parker clarified that he didn't mean he would retire from the NBA while playing with San Antonio. He actually meant that the Spurs would retire his jersey someday.


Parker also took the time to clear the air about the details of his signing with the Charlotte Hornets, per basketball site Clutch Points. He said the Spurs offered him the same two-year, $10 million contract, but that he would end up having more of a role as an assistant coach. A deal with the Hornets, however, meant he was still able to play, which is what he wanted.

He said that some are "angry" at the Spurs for letting the Frenchman sign with another team, but that it was ultimately his own decision and that there are no hard feelings between him and his former team.

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