San Antonio Spurs to retire Tony Parker’s jersey this season

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 16: San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (9) rests during the Los Angeles Clippers 115-92 victory over the San Antonio Spurs at the Staples Center at the Staples Center on December 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Elise/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 16: San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker (9) rests during the Los Angeles Clippers 115-92 victory over the San Antonio Spurs at the Staples Center at the Staples Center on December 16, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Chris Elise/Getty Images)
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The San Antonio Spurs will retire Tony Parker‘s jersey this November as he joins the rest of the Big Three in the rafters of the AT&T Center.

Although Tony Parker didn’t leave the team on perfect terms, it was only a question of when, not if, the San Antonio Spurs would hang his jersey from the ceiling of their home arena.

With Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili getting the same ceremony in recent years, Parker will join his teammates as the final member of the Big Three to have his number retired.

The Spurs announced that the ceremony will be held on Monday night, November 11th, when they are set to host the Memphis Grizzlies.

After being selected with the 28th overall pick in the 2001 NBA Draft, the French point guard went on to win four championships with a Finals MVP while making six All-Star teams and four All-NBA teams during his 17 seasons in San Antonio.

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Here is where Parker ranks on various Spurs all-time leaderboards:

  • first in assists
  • second in games played
  • third in win shares
  • fourth in points
  • fifth in steals
  • fifth in value over a replacement player
  • eighth in rebounds

Unfortunately, TP didn’t get to play his final season in a Spurs uniform after he signed with Charlotte as a free agent. However, he received a touching tribute in his final game at the AT&T Center and scored eight points with four assists as the Hornets pulled out a 15-point victory in San Antonio.

Duncan and Manu’s jersey retirement ceremonies were both unforgettable moments for any Spurs fan, and Parker’s special night should be memorable as well.

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Duncan, Pop, and Manu will all be hard at work writing their speeches over the next couple of months as they prepare to honor their friend Tony. Ah who are we kidding, they’ll all wing it which should make it even more entertaining.

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