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Happy birthday to Spurs legend Tony Parker

Hall of Fame, French team ownership, books, television, oh and he once played for the San Antonio Spurs

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Today, the San Antonio Spurs superstar French guard celebrates his 41st birthday.

Tony’s long and storied career with the Spurs involved four titles including taking the MVP honors in 2007.

In addition, Tony made six All-Star appearances, two FIBA Europe Player of the Year, and a FIBA EuroBasket MVP. Known nationally and internationally, Tony Parker seldom took a season off as he played nearly year-round.

Parker almost made it as a Spurs lifer, but after relinquishing his role to the development of the youth movement, Parker chose to finish his career in Charlotte under his idol Michael Jordan.

Parker’s #9 was retired November 11, 2019 after a Spurs home game.

He has since released a book Beyond All Of My Dreams that chronicles his career both on and off court. There was also a Netflix documentary The Final Shot that mirrored much of his story.

He can still be seen sitting on the sidelines of the AT&T Center enjoying a Spurs home game from time to time. Our dear friend is never far away.

And, rightfully so, Tony Parker will be front and center this summer as part of the 2023 Naismith Hall of Fame inductions. His Big 3 teammates Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili have already made their speeches and had their retired jerseys updated in the rafters.

Along with Gregg Popovich and Beck Hammon, this promises to be quite as Spurs-centric HoF ceremony.

And of course, we can expect to see Tony at the season home opener to watch the unveiling of his updated “Hall of Fame” jersey retirement.

Quite a celebration for such an important member of the Spurs organization.

Happy birthday, Tony.

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