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JJ Redick retires from basketball after 15 NBA seasons

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One of the best pure shooters in the past decade is calling it quits.

Veteran shooting guard J.J. Redick has officially announced his decision to retire from the NBA after 15 seasons.

“As a 7-year-old boy, I dreamed of playing at Duke as I got older. I dreamed of playing in the NBA,” said Redick on his “The Old Man and the Three” podcast.

“The last 30 years of basketball have been beyond my wildest dreams. I never could have imagined that I would have played basketball for this long. After years of youth leagues, AAU, high school basketball, four years at Duke and 15 years in the NBA, I’m retiring from the game that I love so much.”

The 37-year old, who was selected 11th overall in the 2006 NBA Draft, averaged 12.8 points on 44.7 field goal percentage/41.5 three-point percentage, 2.0 rebounds and 2.0 assists over a span of 940 career games split between the Orlando Magic, Los Angeles Clippers, Philadelphia 76ers, Milwaukee Bucks, New Orleans Pelicans and Dallas Mavericks.

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Nets GM felt he had “no choice” but to keep Kyrie Irving away from the team until he is fully vaccinated

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The Brooklyn Nets have championship aspirations this season and certainly didn’t want to start off the 2021/22 campaign this way. But Kyrie Irving’s vaccine stubbornness has forced their hand.

Nets GM Sean Marks recently spoke to the media about the controversial decision to keep Kyrie Irving away from the team until he gets fully vaccinated. He admitted it was a tough decision, but clearly has no regrets with how he handled it.

“He has a choice to make, and he made his choice.” said Marks.

“Again, my job here is to make what we deem as the best decision and best choices for the organization moving ahead as a whole. They’re not always ones that are going to be met with open arms and a thumbs-up. These are hard decisions. Just like I’m sure it wasn’t easy for Kyrie either to have to make that [decision] to not be around his teammates.”

The Nets will open their season presumably without Irving when they take on the Milwaukee Bucks next Tuesday.

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Pau Gasol retires from basketball after illustrious career

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One of the greatest big men in NBA history is calling it quits.

The Los Angeles Lakers legend and two-time NBA champion Pau Gasol officially announced his decision to retire from basketball on Tuesday.

“It was a difficult decision, as you might imagine, after many years…But it was a decision made with a lot of thought” said Gasol during a news conference in Spain.

“You have to change gears a little bit and know how to enjoy it. And one of the things I wanted was to end my career while enjoying it. Not because of an injury, not in crutches”

The 41-year old Spaniard averaged 17.0 points, 9.2 rebounds and 3.2 assists over a span of 20 NBA seasons split between the Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies, Chicago Bulls, San Antonio Spurs, and Milwaukee Bucks. He spent the 2020/21 campaign with his original professional club Barcelona FC in Spain.

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Scottie Barnes impresses in Raptors’ preseason debut

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When the Toronto Raptors surprised the basketball world by selecting forward Scottie Barnes with the fourth overall pick, many of those around the game still felt like it would be a worthwhile decision for Toronto in the long-term.

His ceiling as a player is very, very high, but in his present form, he is considered to be a work in progress that won’t enjoy immediate success in the league. But not so fast!

An offseason working alongside a franchise that is known for being amongst the best at player development appears to have paid dividends.

The Raptors rookie looked great in his preseason debut against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday. He played an all-around great game, showed flashes of great defense, a solid shooting stroke and high basketball IQ. He finished the night with 13 points, nine rebounds, six assists and two blocks in limited action!

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