Alongside other legends like Pau Gasol or Gregg Popovich, the French leader has been named to join the pantheon of North American basketball in 2023.
Tony Parker in the NBA Hall of Fame in 2023, the idea sounds like a no-brainer. The man won four titles with the San Antonio Spurs, in 2003, 2005, 2007 and 2014, was selected six times for the All-Star Game and was voted Finals MVP in 2007. He trained with Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili one of the best lines in the history of the championship. His two friends having been inducted respectively in 2020 and September 2022, it is only natural to see “TP” appear in the list of nominees for 2023, published this Wednesday.
If the French leader had not been eligible until now, it is because the regulations require a period of three years between the retirement of the player and the induction. However, Tony Parker had his last season in the NBA in 2018-2019 with Charlotte. He would become the first Frenchman in history to enter the pantheon of North American basketball. A just reward for someone who also saw his shirt retired by Spurs in 2019.
Among the nominees are the Spanish legend Pau Gasol, the German Dirk Nowitzki, the American Dwyane Wade or even Gregg Popovich, eternal coach of San Antonio with whom « TP » won everything. The results will be announced on April 1.