Parker announced Monday that he'll retire from the NBA after 18 seasons, Marc Spears of The Undefeated reports.
Roughly a month ago, Parker was quoted as saying he was "50-50" with regard to returning to the league next season, but the veteran has now announced that he'll walk away after spending last season with the Hornets. The 37-year-old is, of course, best known for helping pilot the Spurs to four NBA titles in his 17-year run in San Antonio, which included six All-Star bids and four All-NBA nods. The 2007 NBA Finals MVP will retire with career averages of 15.5 points, 5.6 assists and 2.7 rebounds per game. Parker currently ranks 34th in NBA history in games played (1,254), 46th in minutes (38,279), 17th in assists (7,036), and 53rd in points (19,473).
Parker said that the possibility of him retiring is "50-50" and that he'll inform the Hornets of his decision in June, Antonis Stroggylakis of EuroHoops.net reports. According to Parker, "I really hesitate. I have nothing to prove. I want to spend time with my family. And there's another part of me that wants to make one last season. There will be an NBA match in France, in Paris. It will be a beautiful event."
The NBA game Parker is referring to is a Jan. 20 matchup between the Bucks and the Hornets next year -- the first-ever regular-season matchup held in Paris. But the veteran also noted that not being in contention for another ring makes him lean toward retirement. "All my life I've played to win titles," said Parker. "With Charlotte being a mid-table team, sometimes you have trouble getting up in the morning to motivate yourself." Either way, it sounds like we'll know soon enough if Parker will return for another NBA season.
Parker is inactive for Sunday's game against the Warriors as a coach's decision.
The veteran point guard will miss his seventh straight contest, even after being removed from the team's injury report for a personal matter. The Hornets are hanging on to very slight playoff chances but if they are eliminated, the team could opt to shut down Parker for the remainder of the season.
Parker (personal) is no longer on the injury report and is expected to play Tuesday against San Antonio.
Parker missed Sunday's contest against Toronto while tending to a personal matter, but he's expected to be back in action against his former team Tuesday evening. The veteran point guard is averaging 9.5 points, 3.0 assists and 1.3 rebounds over his previous six matchups.
Parker (personal) will not be available for Sunday's game against the Raptors.
Parker is away from the team while tending to a personal matter, so expect Devonte Graham to pick up increased minutes as the backup to Kemba Walker.
Parker will not play in Tuesday's game against Philadelphia due to rest.
The 36-year-old veteran will be getting another game off as Parker also rested for two games last week. Shelvin Mack and Devonte' Graham will likely fill in for Parker in Tuesday's matchup.
Parker (rest) is not on the injury report for Friday's game in Washington.
Parker has been on the sideline for the last two games due to rest purposes, but it looks like the point guard will be back in action after taking some time off.
Updating a previous report, the Hornets have ruled Parker out of Monday's game against Houston.
Parker was initially left off the injury report, but the Hornets made a late amendment, and Parker will be held out for rest purposes for the second straight game.
Parker (rest) will play Monday night against the Rockets.
Parker was given Saturday night off to ensure he stays fresh, but he'll be back on the court Monday night. The veteran point guard has been held to just two points in each of his last two games.
Parker will not play in Saturday's matchup against the Bucks for rest purposes.
Parker accumulated two points and one rebound across 12 minutes in Friday's victory over the Wizards. It is not surprising that the Hornets will opt to rest him on the second night of a back-to-back set. His next chance to play will be Tuesday against the Rockets.
Parker (back) logged 13 minutes and generated seven points (3-9 FG, 1-2 FT), three assists and three rebounds Friday in the Hornets' 123-110 win over the Wizards.
Parker had missed the Hornets' previous four games due to the back issue but was able to get some extended time off to recuperate over the All-Star break. Though Charlotte will have another game Saturday versus Brooklyn, Parker is tentatively in line to suit up for the second half of the back-to-back set. The Hornets don't list Parker on their injury report.
Parker (back) will not play Thursday against the Magic.
No surprise here, as Parker was listed as doubtful and will miss a fourth straight game heading into the break. With another eight days to recover, the veteran will likely be good to go when the Hornets resume play Feb. 22 against Washington.
Parker (back) is doubtful for Thursday's game against the Magic, Rick Bonnell of The Charlotte Observer reports.
A back injury is expected to keep the veteran out for a fourth straight contest. The next time he'll be available will be after the All-Star break.
Parker (back) will not play Monday against Indiana, J. Michael of the Indy Star reports.
The veteran was initially listed as doubtful as he nurses a strained back, and the Hornets have now officially ruled him out for a third straight contest. Parker should be considered day-to-day ahead of Thursday's game in Orlando, which comes on the eve of the All-Star break.
Parker (back) is listed as doubtful for Monday's game against the Pacers.
Parker missed the past two contests with a strained back, and he looks as though he will miss a third straight. If Parker does miss Monday, Malik Monk and Devonte' Graham could see an increased role. More information on Parker's status should come out following Monday's morning shootaround.
Parker (back) will be inactive for Saturday's game against Atlanta.
Parker, who left Tuesday's contest against Clippers early due to a strained back, will be missing his second straight matchup Saturday. With Parker out, the Hornets may elect to recall guard Devonte' Graham from the G League to serve as backup point guard for the time being. If not, Malik Monk will presumably be appointed backup duties for as long as Parker is sidelined.
Parker (back) is out Wednesday against the Mavericks.
Parker suffered a back strain Tuesday against the Clippers, and the veteran will sit out the second half of the back-to-back set as a result. In his place, Malik Monk and Devonte' Graham should see expanded roles.
Parker, who entered Tuesday's game against the Clippers after being deemed probable, left the game due to a strained back.
It's not immediately clear how serious the injury is, but the medical staff has decided to keep the veteran out for the remainder of Tuesday's action. Considering the Hornets play on the second half of a back-to-back set Wednesday against the Mavericks, Parker's status is in question for that tilt.
Parker (ankle) is listed as probable for Tuesday's game against the Clippers.
Parker has been battling right ankle soreness of late, though he was able to play through the issue over the weekend. Look for the Hornets to make a final call regarding Parker's availability closer to game-time, but it sounds like he'll play barring any setbacks. Over his last five games, the veteran is averaging 10.4 points and 4.0 assists in 17.2 minutes.
Parker (ankle) is off the injury report ahead of Saturday's game against the Bulls.
Parker was previously listed as probable for the contest, so his availability doesn't come as a surprise. He's found significant success lately, averaging 15.7 points across his past three appearances.
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