Two-time All-Star David West, whose career-long quest for a championship has led him to successive NBA titles as a veteran Golden State Warriors leader, resigned one day after his 38th birthday.  West announced his retirement on Twitter:
"We are just a collection of our experiences," he wrote. "I was fortunate enough to live out my childhood dream of playing in the NBA and after fifteen seasons I decided to retire from the basketball game and am humble and grateful for the support of my family, friends, coaches, teammates, organizations and fans Throughout this experience, anyone who ever cheered me was in my corner praying or just saying a nice word in my name, I'm thankful, the belief in yourself is not negotiable. "
David West's career path was one to glory
A double-twin machine at Xavier, where he captured Senior College Player of the Year in honor, West slipped into the draft due to his age (23 years old)) and greatness (a 6-foot-9 Ol d-School Power Forward). But after two seasons in New Orleans, he began to produce the same numbers in the NBA. West scored 19.2 points and eight rebounds in the last six seasons for the Hornets, earning two trips to the All-Star Game and three playoff appearances alongside Chris Paul.
After earning a reputation as one of the League's toughest players, West was in high demand when he first attacked full-fledged free agents in 2011 and eventually selected the Pacers over the ever-struggling Boston Celtics. West led the upstart Pacers to consecutive Eastern Conference finals appearances in 2013 and 2014, averaging 14 points and seven boards over four seasons in Indiana.
Up to become one of the NBA's most respected veterans, West's famed $ 12.6 million player option with the Pacers favored Spurs on a veterans minimum contract in search of a title in 2015. His 67-win San Antonio team lost in the second round this season, and West then left Kevin Durant on the 73-win Warriors, who had just led a 3-1 final, lead to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
A mainstay in the rotation of Golden State, the aging West averaged 5.8 points, 3.1 rebounds and a pair of assists from the bank over the last two seasons. His style of old-school basketball was not always perfect for the speed and space warriors, but his real value to the successive champions was the tenacity and veteran leadership he brought to Hiray Draymond Green and other boys.
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