Tony Parker plans to retire a San Antonio Spur

(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
(AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

SAN ANTONIO – Tony Parker says he isn't bidding farewell to the Alamo City for good. Instead, he said he will retire a San Antonio Spur.

Parker told fans of the Chinese sports blog HUPU that he would retire a Spurs player despite signing a two-year contract with the Charlotte Hornets. 

The longtime Spur answered fans' questions in a blog session, talking about his most respected opponent, who he'd save if both Manu Ginobili and Tim Duncan fell into a river and what made him choose to leave the Spurs for Charlotte.

The interview, which KSAT translated from Chinese using Google Translate, points to Parker returning to San Antonio to finish his NBA career as a Spur.

One fan asked if it was possible Parker would retire as a Spurs player and Parker replied that he would, indeed, retire a San Antonio Spur.

He told fans that his decision to join the Hornets stemmed from a desire to face new challenges, and he will never say never about rejoining the Spurs in the future.

He said the opponent he respected most is Kobe Bryant and that if both  Ginobili and Duncan fell into a river, he'd save both.

Parker has said he would like to play 20 seasons in the NBA. When his contract in Charlotte is up, he will be at 19 seasons. It's speculated he could play his final season in San Antonio.