Peja Stojakovic Retires: Veteran Sharpshooter Gracefully Bows out of NBA
ESPN's Marc Stein reported on Monday Stojakovic would bring a fine career to an end after neck and back issues became to troublesome. The three-time All-Star will surely be missed and so will his jump shot.
It's always hard to move on, especially when you have flourished as Stojakovic has. It should be commended that he decided to take the honorable exit, and finish with his head held very much high.
There is no question that Stojakovic was one of the best pure shooters in the last decade, and his talents were a major part of the exciting Sacramento Kings teams of the early 2000's.
Clearly, there was nothing more to play for in what was a fruitful career. Injuries began to take their toll on the 34-year-old body that had 13 years worth of NBA mileage on it.
Stojakovic told ESPN the following:
When you start competing against your body more than you're preparing for the actual game, it's a wakeup call.
Not many players can walk away from the game with such aplomb as he can. Not only did Stojakovic find that elusive championship ring with the Dallas Mavericks, he played a crucial role in the dismantling of the LA Lakers in the Western Conference Quarterfinals.
After joining the Mavericks at midseason last year, he proved that he had just enough left in the gas tank to give his new team a vital lift.
Stojakovic may take with him a 17 point per game average, a championship ring and three All-Star nods, but more importantly, he will take the knowledge that he gave the sport his all for 13 seasons.
For that, he is rewarded with the stamp as one of the best pure shooters in the game.
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