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Stephen Jackson has a ‘basketball beef’ with Tony Parker

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Stephen Jackson was teammates with Tony Parker on the San Antonio Spurs for four seasons over two separate stints. Jackson has suggested in the past that he has issues with Parker, and he elaborated on these issues recently.

The Los Angeles Times’ Arash Markazi hung out with Jackson and Matt Barnes on the set of their new show “All the Smoke” for a column published on Thursday. In the column, Markazi included comments from Jackson about the former Spurs forward’s issues with Parker.

“I don’t have a reason to talk to Tony Parker and I don’t want to talk to Tony Parker,” Jackson said, via Markazi. “My beef with Tony Parker is a basketball beef. I didn’t like the teammate he was. Tony would look me off on purpose. I don’t want to disrespect him as a man but I had a problem with him on the court.”

Jackson has taken an aggressive stance towards Parker in the past. Last year he ripped Parker over the guard’s comments about Kawhi Leonard’s quad injury.

Jackson has also said in the past that he’s the only one with the balls to call out Parker for being a selfish player.

Both players are now retired. Parker is a legend in San Antonio, and Jackson is too, to a lesser extent. Jackson clearly has issues with Parker to this day.

Tony Parker reacts to France snapping USA’s international win streak

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The USA Basketball Men’s National Team were finally unable to escape a game with their impressive win streak intact on Wednesday, as they fell to France and were eliminated from the 2019 FIBA World Cup. While France’s 89-79 win may not have been all that much of an upset, the reactions proved that most expected a different outcome.

One of those reactions came from Tony Parker, who is one of the most recognizable players in French basketball history. The former San Antonio Spur was clearly thrilled with France’s win even though his former coach, Gregg Popovich, is the coach of Team USA.

Parker won four NBA championships playing under Popovich, so he probably had some mixed emotions. Still, the moment was a huge one for France. USA entered the game with a 58-game win streak in major international competitions, which tells you all you need to know.

Numerous players opted not to play for Team USA this summer, and some of them were criticized for their decisions. The team was unable to match the chemistry of a squad like France, whose players had been playing together in international competition for years. If star NBA players opt out of the 2020 Olympics the same way they did with the World Cup, the gold medal could be up for grabs.

Spurs will retire Tony Parker’s jersey

The San Antonio Spurs are bestowing one of their highest honors upon franchise legend Tony Parker.

The Spurs announced in a press release on Friday that Parker’s No. 9 jersey will be retired during a ceremony on Nov. 11, when the team hosts the Memphis Grizzlies.

Parker was drafted No. 28 overall in 2001 by the Spurs and spent 17 seasons with the franchise. He made six All-Star Games during that time and helped them win four NBA championships. He won NBA Finals MVP in 2007.

Parker is the Spurs’ career leader in assists and is second in games played. He will be the 10th player in Spurs history to have his jersey retired.

The 37-year-old point guard spent last season with the Charlotte Hornets and then announced his retirement from the league.

Tony Parker to retire after 18 NBA seasons

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Tony Parker’s remarkable NBA career is coming to a close.

The longtime San Antonio Spurs point guard told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated that he will retire after 18 NBA seasons, citing his inability to compete for a championship as a primary factor.

“I’m going to retire,” Parker said. “I decided that I’m not going to play basketball anymore.

“A lot of different stuff ultimately led me to this decision. But, at the end of the day, I was like, if I can’t be Tony Parker anymore and I can’t play for a championship, I don’t want to play basketball anymore.”

Parker added that he looks forward to spending more time with his family, but simply struggled to motivate himself to play at a high level while playing for a non-contender in the Charlotte Hornets.

“If I don’t play for a championship, I feel like, why are we playing?” Parker said. “And so that’s why it was very different for me mentally to focus and get motivated to play a game that I love, because I want to win something.”

Parker spent most of his career with the San Antonio Spurs, where he was in the title conversation every year. He had hinted at his decision previously with the same rationale.

Tony Parker is ’50-50′ on playing another NBA season

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The final active member of the San Antonio Spurs’ Big Three is seriously considering retirement this offseason.

Charlotte Hornets point guard Tony Parker told French TV show “C’a Vous” that he is “50-50” on playing another season, and the main temptation to return is the opportunity to play in the first-ever NBA game in Paris next January.

“It’s 50-50. I haven’t made my decision yet,” Parker said, via BeBasket, as translated by Antonis Stroggylakis of EuroHoops. “I told the club that I will give them an answer in June. 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.”

Parker admitted that he found it difficult to motivate himself while playing for the Hornets, a team not in contention for a title, after spending the bulk of his career with the Spurs.

The French guard had joined Charlotte in search of a bigger role as he played out the twilight of his NBA career. Ultimately, he ended up playing a career-low 17.9 minutes per game on a non-contender. It doesn’t sound like he enjoyed that aspect of it very much, and there’s no reason to believe the Hornets will be significantly better next season, either.

Tony Parker does not regret signing with Hornets despite Spurs’ injuries

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Tony Parker says he does not regret signing with the Charlotte Hornets during the offseason even though the San Antonio Spurs now seem to have a big need for him.

Parker signed a two-year deal with the Hornets despite playing his entire career with the Spurs. He left for Charlotte to follow Spurs assistant James Borrego, who was hired as Charlotte’s new head coach.

The Spurs meanwhile have seen guards Dejounte Murray, Derrick White and Lonnie Walker go down with injuries this preseason, which may have opened the door for more playing time for someone like Parker.

According to reporter Tom Osborn, Parker said Friday he “feels bad” for his former team but has no regrets about signing with Charlotte.

Parker, 36, played 12 minutes in the Hornets’ preseason game on Friday. Borrego said over the summer that he was expecting to play Parker 14-16 minutes per game this season.

Tony Parker reveals reason why he left Spurs

Tony Parker shocked the basketball world by leaving the San Antonio Spurs to sign with the Charlotte Hornets this summer, and now we are getting a better idea of what drove him to that decision.

In an interview this week with French outlet L’Expresso, the 36-year-old veteran guard opened up about his split with San Antonio.

“The Spurs offered me the same thing [contractually] as Charlotte, but it was more about the role,” Parker said, per Jeff Garcia of Spurs Zone. “It was not a question of money. And it’s important that people know this, because there are a lot of people who were ‘angry’ at the Spurs, thinking the franchise had not offered me anything.

“Yes, they offered me something similar, but I did not want to finish assistant-coach,” he added. “That was the role they offered me, when I wanted to play.”

After spending the first 17 years of his career with the Spurs (a span where he won four championships, earned a Finals MVP Award, and made six All-Star teams), Parker signed a two-year, $10 million deal with the Hornets in July. He played a career-low 19.5 minutes per game last season in San Antonio and was a clear third on the point guard depth chart behind Dejounte Murray and Patty Mills. Parker should have an opportunity for a bigger role in Charlotte, where he will be Kemba Walker’s primary backup.

Some may point to the internal drama that Parker dealt with during his final season on the Spurs as a catalyst behind his departure, but it sounds like the decision was primarily driven by playing time considerations instead.