Sometimes, NBA superstars leave us wanting more.
When players walk away or are forcibly removed from the game, the circumstances under which they leave determine how their careers will be remembered.
Was it time for them to hang it up? Did re-occurring injuries force the issue? Was self-inflicted spite at the heart of their farewell?
Bidding goodbye to players, specifically stars, who people admired or were supposed to be something special is never easy. But when a player leaves on his own terms, on the right terms, it can be an uplifting occasion. They came, they played, they conquered—there is solace to be found in knowing that.
Not all stars find that closure. Or provide us with closure of our own.
Many players have taken off, be it because of injuries or bruised egos, leaving a trail of unanswered and unsettling "what ifs" in their wake.