San Antonio Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich has released a statement following the announcement that Tony Parker is leaving the team and will be playing in Charlotte next season.
Popovich said, "it's difficult to put into words how important Tony Parker has been to the Spurs franchise over the past two decades. From his first game in 2001 at the age of 19, TP has impressed and inspired us - day-after-day, game-after-game, season-after-season - with his passion, dedication and desire. We are grateful to Tony for 17 years of truly amazing memories."
Popovich went on to say, "while the four championships, six All-Star appearances and four All-NBA selections highlight his resume, the biggest joy for me has been to have the pleasure of watching TP grow up before our eyes. All of us in the Spurs organization will miss Tony in our program and wish him and his family the best as he continues his remarkable career in Charlotte.
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