- Jaime Monzon
When the clip includes interviews with Parker, Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and other Spurs greats as well as highlights from TP's career, it's hard not to be.
"It's almost like everything that happened in my life prepared me to be the starting point guard of the Spurs," Parker says in the video.
Yep. Right. In. The. Feels.
While Parker says in the video that his favorite player was Michael Jordan, his brother's favorite was David Robinson. Tony adds that it was surreal to be playing alongside the Admiral, who he remembers watching when was just 5 years old. During the retirement ceremony, Robinson joked that he knew it was time to retire when Parker, who's 17 years younger than him, made the team and could outplay him easily.
The tribute video also touches on Parker's relationship with head coach Gregg Popovich, who apologized Monday night for physically and mentally abusing the Frenchman in his early years with the Spurs. Both men said that tough love paid off since it made Parker into the player he eventually became.
Parker attributes that success to the Big Three.
"Even if you wanted to write the story, I don't think you start your story with a little point guard from France, a shooting guard from Argentina and a guy from the islands," Parker said. "I feel lucky that I was part of something that maybe will never happen again in NBA history."
During the video, Parker also gives a shoutout to the fans for how dedicated they are.
"Spurs fans, they really care about us," he said. "The support is unbelievable."
That much is true, based on how fans were sharing their feelings online.
*Cries the whole @tonyparker jersey retirement ceremony*— Alissa (@alissaa_castro) November 12, 2019
I got a lump in my throat that Tony Parker tribute sent me. Its officially the end of an era.😔 Goodbye big 3🥺— ⚜Jacqueen⚜ (@queenjacquleen) November 12, 2019
I’m not crying...— Jake Poell (@RowdyHawk) November 12, 2019
You’re not crying...
WE ALL CRYING 😭😭😭 #TonyParker
Did I cry watching Tony Parker’s ceremony?? Hell no.— John Lanty (@_Lantern96) November 12, 2019
Tony Parker, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili played 778 games together - the most of any trio in NBA history.— Jordan Howenstine (@AirlessJordan) November 12, 2019
Now they are all three on court together with their jerseys hanging in the rafters side by side in San Antonio.
Tony Parker was a killer. He was one of the best PG’s of his generation. He’ll 100% be in Springfield one day. That Spurs dynasty was one for the ages, they were so fundamentally good it was incredible! #NBA #Spurs— Kyle Murphy (@MurphTHEgreat1) November 12, 2019
This @tonyparker ceremony got me in tears. 😥😥 favorite player of all time.— Melo (@Cudlife94) November 12, 2019
Watching the Tony Parker Jersey Retirement Party, makes me thankful for being able to witness and being a fan of something that we will never see again ..... the BIG 3!!!! Merci Tony.— Sergio (@scarr_23) November 12, 2019
GO SPURS GO!!!!#spurs #MerciTony
If you want to stay in your feelings, but also have a laugh, here's TP's induction into the Legends Club for the H-E-B commercials.
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