Peja Stojakovic, one of the best 3-point shooters in the history of the NBA is calling it quits after 13-seasons.
The 34-year old small forward who won an NBA Championship with the Dallas Mavericks last season, is set to retire because he feels his heart and body are not in it 100% anymore.
In a Sports Day article, Stojakovic elaborated on why he is no longer lacing up the shoes.
“I feel so blessed to have been given the athletic gifts to play professional basketball. I have always loved the game, and have great respect for it, and I know the time is right to step away,” Stojakovic said. “I promised myself a long time ago, if it came to the point where my heart and body were not 100% committed, I would step away. I have reached that point and I know the time is right to retire.”
With the amount of back and neck injuries the sniper has endured the last few years, I can see why he wants to go. Especially, since he won a ring.
In an article I wrote about Stojakovic’s teammate Jason Kidd, I wrote about why players who have accomplished every thing possible in the league, decide to keep playing.
I respect Stojakovic’s decision to back out of the league on top. Instead of coming back to play another year and risk destroying his back or legacy, he is walking away a NBA Champion.
Unless I was a 20-something year old player with an NBA ring, I would rather leave known as an NBA Champion than a washed up player.
I’m not saying either of them are washed up at this point, but let’s face it, what more can either of them do?
It was a pleasure to watch him play with the Sacramento Kings in the early 2000′s. After the team of Chris Webber, Mike Bibby, Peja and Doug Christie was broken up, I thought all of their chances of winning a ring was over.
At this point, Bibby is the only player left in the NBA. Although, he went to the NBA Finals last season, he didn’t accomplish the main goal and might not be able to do it with the New York Knicks either.
Stojakovic was able to do it.