Veteran security guard Darren Collison has decided to retire from the NBA after 10 seasons to help the less fortunate people through the beliefs of his Jehovah's Witnesses.
"While I still love basketball" I know that there is something more important, my family and my faith, "Collison said." I am one of Jehovah's Witnesses and my faith means everything to me. I am very happy to volunteer to help others and to participate in a worldwide service. The joy that I feel is second to none. With that in mind, I decided to retire. "The NBA."
The 31-year-old, who earned $ 43 million in his NBA career, was targeting an annual salary this summer, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN from 1
Collison scored an average of 12.5 points and a template score of 5.0 in 708 games over 10 seasons. The 2010 All-NBA rookie selection played for the New Orleans Hornets, Dallas Mavericks, LA Clippers, Sacramento Kings and Indiana Pacers. He is one of 26 players in NBA history who has averaged at least 10 points and 3.5 assists per game in each of his first 10 seasons.
Collison thanked several former teammates and NBA stars who inspired him during his career.
I'm also grateful for the great friendships I've made with my teammates, coaches, and front desk staff, which I cherish for a lifetime, "Collison wrote on Friday." Players like Victor Oladipo, Russell Westbrook, DeMarcus cousins, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James who have influenced me to the highest level. I have a close relationship with those I mentioned or who inspired me to work harder.
Oladipo was among Collison's former teammates and wished him all the best on social media on Friday night.
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– Victor Oladipo (@VicOladipo) June 29, 2019
Collison said in the letter that he did his best to help the less fortunately he will now have the opportunity to do more in retirement. Spending more time in the service of his Jehovah's Witness, which should have made him a better person.
"Basketball has been my life since I was a kid," Collison wrote on Friday, "I could not imagine anything Collison thanked Duffy for his years of service, but his greatest thanks go to his wife Keyosha.
"She has guided our family through everything what si e imagine in the many NBA seasons. The challenges we face today, and have been dealing with the emotions of an up and down season all the time, are our strengths, "said Collison.