The San Antonio Spurs and their fans said "Merci, Tony" as they celebrated former star point guard Tony Parker's career by retiring his No. 9 jersey.
"Thanks for all those years, it was a crazy ride," Parker said.
Parker was also the first European to win Finals MVP in 2007 and a six-time All-Star.
Moreover, Parker is considered the greatest Spurs point guard and is the franchise's all-time leader in assists (6,829).
NBA, NFL, Major League Baseball, all our sports here in America, if somebody has exhibited a long career of excellence on the field, on the court and at the same time done in with class,
a good community person, good teammate, all those things rolled into one, and a team has been successful because of their presence, a jersey retirement will naturally follow.
It doesn't happen very often. But when it does happen, that individual was very special, and that was certainly Parker.
Popovich was the first to speak at the retirement ceremony, he apologized to Parker for coaching him hard early in his career.
said he will be a Naismith Memorial Hall of Famer and told him he loved him.
Diaw spoke for the French contingent in attendance, saying, "You can't talk about French basketball without Tony coming up."
Parker's constant support gave "optimism" early in his spurs career and it has been a "true pleasure, wish you all the best in your post career and I thank you for everything."
"Before I go, I want to do one thing with the Spurs fans all together.
This is my last favor before I go.
Just imagine we are in the [Alamo] Dome, I was 19, just imagine, we're playing the Lakers and it's Kobe [Bryant] and Shaq [O'Neal].
And I want a big, "Go, Spurs, Go," on three ... One more last time all together, One, two, three ..."