Adonal Foyle has decided to retire from the NBA after 13 seasons of professional basketball.
Foyle, who played last for the Orlando Magic in the 2008-2009, cites a knee injury he suffered in preparation for last season as the primary reason for his retirement. That injury, which required arthroscopic surgery, rendered him unable to practice or play, and forced him to be a spectator for the Magic all last season.
In addition to calling it quits as an active player, Foyle expects to step down from being vice-president of the National Basketball Players Association in the coming days. He was the first individual to hold the position.
After graduating from Colgate University in 1997, he was selected eight overall in the NBA Draft that summer by the Golden State Warriors.
In ten years with Golden State, the 6'10" Vincentian averaged nearly five rebounds, 1.7 blocks, and just over four points in around 18 minutes played per game.
Following the 2006-2007 season, Foyle signed as a free agent with the Orlando Magic. In his only full season with the Magic, he appeared in all 82 games, a feat he accomplished only twice, and appeared in the postseason with the team.
He was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies in February 2009 but was waived two weeks later by the organization. Following his release from Memphis, he resigned with Orlando and once again played with the team in the postseason.
Apart from his basketball career, Adonal Foyle founded Democracy Matters, a non-profit organization that works to provide a healthy political environment for college students, in 2001.
Four years later, the Kerosene Lamp Foundation was created by Foyle with the purpose of furthering the education of the youth in his native country of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines.
On September 24, 2009, he become only the eight NBA player to be inducted into the World Sports Humanitarian Hall of Fame.
As for his prospects for the future, there is some speculation he could serve as the Orlando Magic's director of player a development, a position that is currently vacant.
Even though his playing days are now over, Adonal Foyle's impact will continue to be felt in the lives of the many people he has supported on and off the basketball court.
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