It was a night to remember for Spurs guard and now Charlotte Hornet Tony Parker as he returned to the AT&T Center for the first time. Parker was welcomed in a nearly sold out crowd with loud cheers and a thun- derous applause. As Parker warmed up before the game, he greeted some fans, hugged some old friends who were in attendance such as former Spurs players Boris Diaw and David Robinson. Before team introductions, the Spurs played a tribute and thank you video highlighting his career with the Spurs bringing joy and tears to many fans. The video was titled in French “Merci Tony”. In what he said was an “emotionally draining” game, Parker was thank- ful for the fans response. Although the 4 time NBA Champion has just a bench role for the Hornets, he av- erages 9 points a game and 3 assists. Last night, in 19 minutes of play, he scored 8 points, and tallied 3 rebounds with 4 assists. Kemba Walker scored 33 points as he led to the Hornets in the 108-93 victory snapping the Spurs 7 game home win streak. Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge posted a double double with 28 points and 10 re- bounds. If you didn’t get to see Parker, fear not Spurs fans, he will return one more time this season at the AT&T Center on March 29th for Manu Ginobili’s jersey re- tirement as he will be in attendance for the game and make a speech afterwards during the ceremony.
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