Tony Parker, France’s most successful basketball export and a four-time champion with the San Antonio Spurs, announced his retirement.

“It’s with a lot of emotion that I retire from basketball,” Parker said Monday in a Twitter post.

After 17 seasons with the Spurs, Parker, 37, played this season with the Charlotte Hornets.

Teaming with Tim Duncan and Manu Ginóbili — under the famously demanding push of Spurs coach Gregg Popovich along the way — Parker formed one of the most successful trios in league history.

After the third of the group’s four championships together, Parker became the first European player to be named most valuable player of a finals, in 2007.

Parker is a six-time NBA All-Star who averaged 15.5 points and 5.6 assists over his 18-season career.

— New York Times News Service