Hours after the announcement of his retirement, veteran French baseman Tony Parker, 37, shows good humor in the French media to which he has assured that “still has big dreams.”
“It’s my first life that ends, I hope to be recognized for the next twenty years as a businessman who has triumphed in the business world, it’s a challenge, I give myself twenty years to succeed in it before I can relax, when children leave home, “Parker told the sports newspaper” L’Équipe “.
The Frenchman, who made his decision public yesterday through social networks, said that although many athletes live their withdrawal as a small death, he does not see it that way.
“With the two clubs that I have, the academy that I’m going to open in September, my film production company, my different businesses and the simple fact of being a dad, I will not have time to do it all,” he explained.
Parker was selected six times for the NBA All-Star Game. After leaving the Spurs in the 2017-18 season, he signed with the Hornets.
Apparently, it has been a thoughtful decision with his wife, Axelle Parker, and mother of his young children, Josh and Liam, but also his parents and siblings who had recommended him a senior year, but he felt it was “the good time “, after twenty years playing as a professional.
In September, the Adéquat Tony Parker Academy opens in the neighborhood of Gerland, in Lyon, aimed at boys and girls over the age of 15 passionate about basketball and music. The concept is to allow young people to reconcile their hobbies with their studies.
In addition, Parker, who told “L’Équipe” that he will continue to live in Texas with his family, although he will travel to France every six weeks, has bought the ski resort of Villard-de-Lans, one hour from Lyon, where he wishes offer a sports offer during the four seasons.
The player confessed yesterday in the program “Quotidien” that he has never been able to ski for the demands of his contract in the NBA, so now is a good time to try this sport in the snow. (EFE).