Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s now known that a former Charlotte Hornets player wants to own his own team.
As of late, Charlotte Hornets fans have prepared for news about the NBA’s regular-season, following the league’s suspension in March. However, fans recently learned that a former Hornet has aspirations to own a professional team.
On Tuesday, Tony Parker told Marc Spears of The Undefeated that his “ultimate goal” is to own an NBA team. Parker told Spears that he loves the United States, and that “the ultimate goal is to one day own an NBA team.”
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The future Hall of Famer also added that he and his French group could buy an NBA team sooner rather than later. As a big dreamer, Parker wants to own his own team in the next 5-10 years.
Parker has a lot of work to do before he completes his dream of owning an NBA team. However, it’s not impossible for a former NBA player to own a professional team.
Former basketball players to own an NBA team are Micahel Jordan (Charlotte Hornets) and Shaquille O’Neal (minority owner of the Sacramento Kings). Some former NBA players have also become owners of other sports teams.
As one of the league’s most beloved players, Parker finished his career by playing his last season with the Hornets. During the 2018-19 season, Parker averaged 9.5 points and 3.7 assists per game in Charlotte.
Since his last season in Charlotte, Parker has retired with the San Antonio Spurs, and recently had his jersey retired during this season. After 17 seasons with the Spurs, Parker averaged 15.8 points and 5.7 assists per game.
During his NBA career, Tony Parker won four NBA Championships, was a Finals MVP, and a was six-time All-Star. When the time comes, Parker will become a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame after his 18-year NBA career. Will he one day complete his dream and own a team?