O veterano base Darren Collison anunciou que vai retirar-se da NBA após 10 anos a jogar na liga. O jogador alinhou nos Indiana Pacers na última época, onde realizou 72 jogos, e mostrou ser uma das peças mais importantes da equipa, e nada fazia prever esta sua decisão.
Com 31 anos de idade e 708 jogos na NBA, Darren Collison representou os New Orleans Hornets, Indiana Pacers, Dallas Mavericks, Los Angeles Clippers e ainda os Sacramento Kings. Na sua carreira na NBA, o jogador apresenta uma excelente média de 12.5 pontos por jogo e ainda uma média de 5 assistências por jogo.
Na declaração que o jogador realizou, não faltaram os agradecimentos a tudo o que o Basquetebol proporcionou de bom à sua, com palavras aos seus colegas e aos fãs, no entanto o jogador invocou a sua fé e vontade em ajudar o próximo como os principais motivos da sua saída da liga.
Declaração de despedida da NBA de Darren Collison ao “The Undefeated”
“Basketball has been my life since I was a child. I could never imagine finding anything that brings me more joy than I get from playing the game. While I still love basketball, I know there is something more important, which is my family and my faith. I am one of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and my faith means everything to me. I receive so much joy from volunteering to help others and participate in a worldwide ministry. The joy I feel is unmatched.
With that being said, I have decided to retire from the NBA.
Obviously, when you love the game of basketball like I do, you focus more on that and can’t do everything else you want for good reason. I have always felt the need to do more to help others; that’s why it is so important to try and help out as much as possible. I am so grateful for all the opportunities that basketball has brought to my life. I have had the privilege over the past 10 years to play in front of some of the best fans and with some of the best organizations in the league. My agent Bill Duffy has been more than an agent to me. He has been a friend, a mentor, and a family member throughout my career. I’m also appreciative of the great friendships that I have earned from my teammates, coaches, and front-office personnel that I will treasure for a lifetime. Players such as Victor Oladipo, Russell Westbrook, DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James who had a major impact on me competing at the highest level. I either have a close relationship with those that I have mentioned or they inspired me to work harder. Obviously, I never have had the accolades they have. But they gave me a benchmark to work toward, and I’m truly thankful to them for that.
I also would not have made it the past 10 years without the loving support of my parents and extended family. But the most important person of all in this NBA journey is my loving wife, Keyosha. She is my favorite teammate. We have been on this journey together since the Etiwanda High days in Inland Empire. She inspired me the most through my 10-year career. She has guided our family through everything you could imagine during the many NBA seasons. From the amount of moves that we’ve made, the day-to-day challenges we faced and all the while dealt with the emotions of an up-and-down season. She is our strength.
To all of you, I would like to say thank you for the countless years of support. Thank you for respecting my decision.”