Spurs say 'Merci,' retire Tony Parker's No. 9 jersey after falling to Grizzlies

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The San Antonio Spurs retired former guard Tony Parker’s jersey Monday night following a 113-109 loss to the Memphis Grizzlies.

Parker, 37, played for the Spurs for 17 seasons — all but his final one in the league, which he spent with the Charlotte Hornets — and retired after the 2018-19 season. In those 18 years, he made six All-Star teams, won four titles, and was the 2007 Finals MVP.

The Spurs made “Merci Tony” the theme of the night for celebrating the French-American player.

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Current players took the opportunity to show support.

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The other two members of the Spurs’ Big Three, Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili (who both have already had their jerseys retired), gave emotional speeches on Parker’s behalf, as did head coach Gregg Popovich.

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To close things out, Parkers addressed Duncan and Ginobili: “I love you two, and we’ll be together forever,” he said.

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After 55 or so minutes of love for Parker, his jersey was officially revealed in the rafters, next to Duncan and Ginobili’s.

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ARCHIVO - En esta foto del 30 de diciembre de 2016, el jugador de los Spurs, Tony Parker, izquierda, conversa con el entrenador Gregg Popovich durante un partido en San Antonio. (AP Foto/Eric Gay, Archivo)
Gregg Popovich was among the speakers at Tony Parker's jersey retirement ceremony. (AP Foto/Eric Gay, Archivo)

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