Indiana Pacers' 31-year-old security guard Darren Collison announced his retirement from the NBA.
Collison announced his decision on The Undefeated. While revealing that he still loves the basketball game, the veteran said he had to make the difficult decision to retire from basketball to focus on his family and his beliefs.
Basketball has been my life since I was a kid. I could never imagine finding something that would give me more pleasure than I get from playing the game. Although I still love basketball, I know that there is something more important, my family and my beliefs. I am one of Jehovah's Witnesses and my faith means everything to me. I am delighted to be volunteering to help others and to participate in a worldwide service. The joy that I feel is second to none.
With that said, I decided to retire from the NBA.
The former UCLA performance also honors players who helped him during his career in the NBA, such as LeBron James, Dwayne Wade, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul and Stephen Curry. He said that these players had urged him to compete at a high level night after night.
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Before announcing his retirement, the former first-round selection was linked to several teams looking for seasoned help the following season. Earlier this week, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN announced that the Los Angeles Lakers could pursue Collison if they achieved their main objectives in the free agency.