NBA: Tony Parker becomes the first Frenchman to join the Hall of Fame
In the list of contenders a month ago, Tony Parker will be one of the lucky ones to join the NBA Hall of Fame. A first for a French player.
Retired since June 10, 2019, Tony Parker will enter the pantheon of American basketball next August. According to renowned ESPN journalist Adrian Wojnarowski, Parker will be inducted into the Hall of Fame. The official announcement of this consecration will be made during the NCAA Final Four, the American university championship, which will take place in Houston from March 31 to April 3.
ESPN Sources: Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki, Pau Gasol, Tony Parker, Becky Hammon and Gregg Popovich are among the finalists who’ve been elected into Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame class of 2023. Formal announcement will come at Final Four in Houston this weekend .
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) March 29, 2023
A consecration for the former leader of the San Antonio Spurs, winner of the NBA four times in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014. But also elected six times to the All Star Games, which bring together the best players in the league.
With an average of 15.5 points scored per game over his entire career, “TP” will have played 17 seasons in San Antonio between 2001 and 2018, with in the meantime a freelance in France in his club Asvel in 2011 / 2012. He will then end his career with the Charlotte Hornets.
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He will join the Hall of Fame with other well-known names in basketball, and as a symbol, his lifelong coach in San Antonio, Gregg Popovich, will also enter the Hall of Fame. The two men will join their teammates Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobilli, with whom they formed a fiery quartet in San Antonio.
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Other European players are also honored for this Hall of Fame 2023, with German legend Dirk Novitzki, who played 21 seasons with Dallas and won an NBA title. The Spaniard Pau Gasol twice champion with the Lakers will also be integrated into the pantheon of American basketball.
Finally, the player Becky Hammon, star of the women’s league, six times best player, and who then became Popovich’s assistant coach at Spurs, will be the woman of this vintage 2023. Last big name, Dwyane Wade, three times champion with Miami will also be inducted at the Hall of Fame ceremony to be held on August 12 in Ringfield, Massachusetts.