Cleveland Cavaliers shoot guard Anthony Parker announces retirement
The Cleveland Cavaliers will have to find a new guard because Anthony Parker has announced retirement from NBA. The 37-year-old former Toronto Raptors player informed of his decision in an email which was later publicized by Plain Dealer’s Mary Schmitt Boyer.
The news eventually broke out yesterday afternoon. According to some media outlets, Anthony Parker will be holding a news conference for his retirement announcement. Looks like his email will have to suffice.
“I wanted to make that decision after the season and make sure that is what I wanted to do,” Anthony Parker wrote in the email. “I’m at peace with it and excited for whatever the future has for me.”
For many Anthony Parker had become the veteran Cleveland Cavaliers could depend upon. Anthony Parker was known for his versatility. Although, Anthony Parker was a weathered shoot guard he could also play as a small forward. His versatility allowed the Cleveland Cavaliers with more tactical options.
Anthony Parker played for nine seasons in NBA. He also has six years of playing abroad. Anthony Parker was picked up by the New Jersey Jets as a first-round draft pick in 1997. However, Anthony Parker started his career in NBA with the Philadelphia 76ers.
After a two-year tenure with the Philadelphia 76ers, Anthony Parker played for Orlando Magic for a season. In 2000, Anthony Parker joined Quad City Thunder followed by Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel) in the same year.
Anthony Parker spent two seasons in Israel before travelling to play Lottomatica Roma in Italy for a season. He then spent another three seasons with Maccabi Tel Aviv before returning to the Toronto Raptors again.
Following a three-year run with the Toronto Raptors, Anthony Parker joined the Cleveland Cavaliers in 2009. Anthony Parker, who joined the Cleveland Cavaliers as a free agent, ran out of his contract this past season.
Rumors about Anthony Parker’s retirement had already started to surface. Anthony Parker played in 204 games for the Cleveland Cavaliers and started in 197 of them. Anthony Parker averaged 7.7 points in 27.7 minutes per game. The Bradley University graduate had a 41.9% field goal shooting and had 39% accuracy from threes.
In his email Anthony Parker informs that he will probably take up some office or broadcasting job in NBA.