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    From his Facebook:

    There are times in life that a new road presents itself and it appears this time has come for me now. I am so proud of what I have accomplished these past 15 years playing in the NBA. It was a dream entering the league as I just turned 18 years old. I worked hard and poured my heart and soul into this game. I consider myself a student of the game as I have watched, studied and played with and against the best players in the world. The NBA was my University and I learned so much. The gratitude I feel is really immeasurable. I have experienced the best moments a player can experience and have had some dark ones too. Both equally important in helping shape me into the man I am today.

    As I leave the league for now, there have been so many profound people who inspired me along my way. I have to say thank you for guiding me and having an enormous influence on the way I played basketball. Isaiah Thomas, Rich Devos, Leslie Alexander and John Gabriel, you believed in me and I thank you. Jeff Van Gundy, you exemplified the brilliance of what a great coach is. Steven A. Smith, you gave us players a voice and for that I thank you. Doug Christy, Charles Oakley, Dee Brown, Mugsy Bogues, Antonio Davis, Dell Curry, Kevin Willis, you all showed a young kid from Auburndale Florida how to be a better player. Kobe, you made me work harder and it was an honor to play against you. And Yao, we shared an experience together that will always be with me, thank you. Sonny & Pam Vaccarro showed me how there is loyalty and genuine friendship in this business. Arn Tellem and Tim Hoy, 15 years and you are still my agents. Thank you for guiding me throughout my career. When all is said and done, there is so many that made an impact on my life. I am one blessed man to have the love and never ending support of my wife CleRenda and the best 4 kids a man can ask for. But most important, I give glory and thanks to God. It is thru Him that I have been so blessed and I am forever thankful.

    As I enter this next chapter, I am excited to play for Qingdao Eagles in China. I have been to China several times in the last few years and I love the people and the country. It will be an honor to play for them. Thank you to every fan that has followed me and believed in me. Injuries and all, I wouldn’t have changed a thing. I am proud of the mark I left on this game and am grateful to have been a part this league. It was a dream to play in front of all of you, each night, in every stadium. Thank you.

    This guy, in his prime (the earliest I can remember him is his days w/ the Magic), was to me the best player in the league. He looked to be going to a Jordan level, and while it eventually became evident he wouldn't quite make it that high, he still was perennially a top 5 player. Its absolutely horrible what injuries did to the tail-end of his career in Houston in beyond. He was and remains an absolute beast.

    Also note that I after re-reading this he leaves a comeback open, so it may just be retiring from the NBA.
    Last edited by neosmndrew; 10-09-2012 at 11:40 PM.

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    gonna miss seeing him play. So fun to watch and definitely if he stayed healthy he would be one of the best today

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    This space for rent.

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    He was such an amazing player in his prime, I still wish he had chosen the Pacers instead of Houston him and JO in their prime would have been nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vnzla81 View Post
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    He was such an amazing player in his prime, I still wish he had chosen the Pacers instead of Houston him and JO in their prime would have been nice.
    On paper anyway. Would've kept the training staff busy.

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