Former San Antonio Spurs star Tony Parker is known for helping the franchise achieve multiple championships. The Frenchman was part of four NBA titles during his time with the Spurs but now has shifted his attention elsewhere. Parker is the owner of a racehorse that appropriately has the name Best Win. Just recently, he celebrated the first win for Best Win, with hopes of more to come.
Tony Parker Celebrates Best Win Victory at Track
On Friday, co-owner Tony Parker watched as Best Win crossed the finish line at the Deauville-Clairefontaine Racecourse in his country of France. Pierre-Charles Boudot jockeyed the horse which was appropriately decked out in a black-and-white gown, almost as if it was a San Antonio Spurs mascot.
A Twitter account @AtTheRaces shared a 32-second clip showing Best Win pick up the victory. “Slam dunk! Best Win is part-owned by retired NBA legend @tonyparker and she wins here under @PCBoudot in the black and white of the @spurs,” the tweet video’s caption read.
An article from French news source LeParisen captured comments from the 2-year-old filly’s trainer Ludovic Gadbin ahead of the race. He said that Parker “wanted to invest in a competitive horse right away.” LeParisen also mentions that one of Parker’s former teammates and friends, Boris Diaw, has also owned horses.
Prior to the race Parker retweeted photos showing off the black and white colors associated with his horse. He would later retweet several tweets capturing the emotion after the victory.
One PMU Hippique tweet loosely translates to “Basketball Swiiiish … A successful start for @Tony Parker in the equestrian world! A 𝘽𝙚𝙨𝙩 𝙒𝙞𝙣, the first in a long series?”
Parker Among Locks for Basketball Hall of Fame?
In May 2021, Tony Parker will celebrate the induction of his friend and former teammate, Spurs legend Tim Duncan, into the Basketball Hall. of Fame. The two were part of four Spurs championships together, with Duncan winning a fifth prior to Parker’s arrival. Duncan is getting his ceremony months later than usual due to the coronavirus pandemic postponing this year’s event.
Many people have debated whether Tony Parker will become a future Hall of Famer himself. Based on a Yahoo! Sports report, Parker is among the locks to be a future member of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame. So is former teammate Manu Ginobili. They’re mentioned in a sentence alongside the class of 2020 members Duncan, Kevin Garnett, and Kobe Bryant.
Now 38 years old, Parker played for the Spurs for 17 seasons, before playing for the Charlotte Hornets one season and returning. While with San Antonio he racked up those four NBA championships and was the 2006-07 NBA Finals MVP. In addition, Parker was a six-time NBA All-Star and four-time All-NBA selection.
Based on Parker’s accomplishments, he’s a future Hall of Famer and seems to be enjoying wins beyond retirement thanks to his new endeavor. Visit our Spurs news page to get more player and team updates.