After spending the first 17 seasons with the San Antonio Spurs, Tony Parker played his first contest against his former team on Monday.
His Charlotte Hornets came away with a 108-93 victory behind a 33-point outing from Kemba Walker. Parker finished with eight points, four assists and three rebounds in his first game against the Spurs, but there was much more to be highlighted.
Parker was a four-time NBA champion, a Finals MVP and a six-time All-Star as a member of the Spurs - check out what type of welcome back he received.
"Very emotional. Very nostalgic."- NBA TV (@NBATV) January 14, 2019
Tony Parker spoke at shootaround about his return to San Antonio tonight on NBA TV! #10BeforeTip pic.twitter.com/JJ5nH3N58D
Tony Parker comes out for warmups before #Hornets #Spurs game and is greeted by cheers and friends and family...emotional night expected at AT&T Center. #KSATsports #KSATnews #NBA pic.twitter.com/GBBFG4Ohmu- RJ Marquez (@KSATRJ) January 15, 2019
Parker had family fly all the way from France for his return to San Antonio.
Reuniting with former teammates
TONY x PAU- NBA (@NBA) January 15, 2019
The return to San Antonio is coming up on @NBATV! pic.twitter.com/5oW11CxK1w
Parker and Pau Gasol played two seasons as teammates in San Antonio.
2003 #NBA champs!@tonyparker x @DavidtheAdmiral pic.twitter.com/6FYmRD8E4E- NBA (@NBA) January 15, 2019
Parker and David Robinson also played two seasons as teammates with the Spurs, winning the NBA Championship together in Parker's second season in the league.
Tony & Boris pregame in San Antonio! 🇫🇷- NBA (@NBA) January 15, 2019
📺: @NBATV pic.twitter.com/BMSWoFWpGg
Long-time International teammate and five-year Spurs' teammate Boris Diaw was in the building.
Tony x Patty- NBA (@NBA) January 15, 2019
Former @spurs teammates catch up ahead of @NBATV action. pic.twitter.com/g3VsH1BAss
And, of course, Parker had to show love to his backup point guard of seven years, Patty Mills.
Welcome back to San Antonio, Tony!#SpursFamily pic.twitter.com/0alzQ5aepF- San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 15, 2019
As you would expect, it was nothing but loud cheers for this.
Tony Parker checks in for the @hornets in his return to San Antonio!- NBA (@NBA) January 15, 2019
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This was Parker's first time checking in, but it wasn't the last standing ovation he received.
Tony Parker scores his first basket in his return to San Antonio!#Hornets30 76#GoSpursGo 72- NBA (@NBA) January 15, 2019
📺: @NBATV pic.twitter.com/dK0MULLmPq
His first bucket back on the floor he knows so well.
Tony Parker finds Marvin Williams to end the 3rd quarter!- NBA (@NBA) January 15, 2019
📺: @NBATV pic.twitter.com/7A5GzcAGSN
And obviously he was dishing out clutch assists, too.
Tony Parker checks back in to a standing ovation in San Antonio. #ThisIsWhyWePlay pic.twitter.com/OPbDRsaDP5- NBA (@NBA) January 15, 2019
With the game all but over, Parker's teammates forced him to check back into the game to receive one last standing ovation.
Tony Parker and Pop embrace following the Hornets' win. 👏 pic.twitter.com/MMHgZoQQS0- NBA TV (@NBATV) January 15, 2019
He had a moment with his former head coach.
"I've been with those fans for a long time. I really appreciate them."- NBA TV (@NBATV) January 15, 2019
Hear from Tony Parker after his memorable return to San Antonio.#Hornets30 pic.twitter.com/uvOh15hxiN
Then stopped by for a post game interview to speak on the huge road win for his team.
🏀 @tonyparker (8p/4a/3r) walks off with 108-93 @hornets W! #Hornets30 #NBAPostgame pic.twitter.com/KjzdIcqFgk- NBA (@NBA) January 15, 2019
Then it was his meeting with his current head coach to celebrate the win!
The Hornets currently hold the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference with a 20-23 record following Monday's victory.