NBA Rumor: David West Retirement

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So a few months later, West sat down for good. He announced his retirement on Aug. 30, one day after his 38th birthday and 12 weeks after earning his second championship ring with the Warriors. “I took a month. Took another month. The desire to prepare just didn’t come,” he said. “When that didn’t come, I knew it was time.” The preparation became too much, too hard, and it didn’t always pay off. West recalled his rookie season, when the veteran power forward P.J. Brown would point out situations that should tell a player it’s time to walk away. “Sometimes it happens in a game,” West said. “Sometimes it happens when you’re stretching or before a game or in practice or you wake up the next day and you can’t move.

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TJ Warren: Salute to my Brotha @realdwest30. Let me first say hell of a career, you gave not only Garner Road but the city of Raleigh the blueprint of how to turn dreams into reality, and that meant more to me than you’ll ever know. For the past 12 years you showed me what it meant to be a consummate pro. From all of our workouts and the knowledge you would give me all the way to you being at my draft table on the biggest night of my life, you were there for me and those moments meant more to me than words could ever express. Your legacy extends far beyond the game of basketball. 15 years of being in the NBA, but a lifetime of being a real one. Enjoy life, Champ.

“I’ve always tried to maintain. I never want to finish the season on a downward spiral,” West said. “I never want my body aching. So I’m doing what I have to do to make sure my body is mentally in a good space.” As a result, Kerr has jokingly teased West about delaying off retirement, a decision West will take more seriously once the summer approaches. After all, West had considered retiring last year before deciding otherwise after winning his first NBA championship.

The first four weeks of what may be David West’s final season have made quite the statement. His game is simply not ready for retirement. Yet West considered just that last summer, in the wake of being on a championship team for the first time in his 14-year career. “You’ve got to think about every year, for these last three or four years,” West said on this week’s Warriors Insider Podcast. “You always think about it. It’s something you’re marching toward. When the season was over, I took time to enjoy what we had done, what we had accomplished.”

“One of the things that stood out for me that he said is that he still has the fire to compete, and that’s the one thing that’s probably still burning for me,” West said. “You want to compete. You want to face new challenges. When you get older, you have to figure out different ways to be productive and how to deal with younger and more explosive (competitors). That’s a challenge that’s intriguing to me. “With all of that thrown in, and on top of the fact that this is a great environment to be in — I’m learning every single day — it just felt right to come on back and give it another shot.”

However, the veteran big man broached the subject on Uninterrupted’s Open Run podcast posted Thursday. Retire or return? “I’m thinking about it. I’m kinda leaning toward playing again,” said West, a free agent as of Friday. “Probably just gonna give it a couple more days or so just to keep running it through my head. But if I do keep playing, it’s gonna be out here. It’s just such a great spot. I really enjoyed the environment, enjoy the guys.”

Woj on West: “And then David West, going into this year, people around David West said this was going to be his last year and I remember talking to him in the preseason about that in going down to San Antonio and he thought, like, ‘could be.’ And I think now he enjoyed that year so much in San Antonio, he’s a free agent – of course they’d want to keep him. I’ll say this about David West – whenever he decides to retire, he will be the most sought after front office executive in the league. Everybody in the league wants to get David West in their front office. He’s going to be a GM someday, if that’s what he wants to do, but boy, I know like it will be hard to pluck him out, once he’s gotten into San Antonio, I would be shocked if he doesn’t have the opportunity to get in their front office, but I know other organizations would love to get him. The league office, David West – he’s everything you want in a player, a leader, a great thinker, a high character guy, and the Spurs loved having him and they really hope he plays another year.”
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Luka Doncic rips officiating after loss to France

Luka Doncic’s disappointment with Slovenia’s loss to France in the second Olympic Games semifinal was more than obvious in the finale with the Dallas Mavericks superstar also expressing his frustration on his way to the locker room. After the end of the game, Doncic was shouting “FIBA is probably happy” while walking through the media mixed zone per ’15min’. He was also reported to shout “FIBA happened” while Slovenia big man Ziga Dimec was being asked questions about the game.
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Slovenia had several complaints with the officiating and particularly with a play halfway through the fourth period and the score tied at 78 where Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot blocked Jaka Blazic’s layup attempt. Blazic protested that it was a goaltending violation and he received a technical foul.
“Probably one of the best blocks I’ve seen,” said France center Rudy Gobert — perhaps the best shot-blocker in the world these days. “Being able to grind for 40 minutes and win an Olympic game on that block, it’s just amazing. This is why you play the game. This is why you work hard, why you sacrifice time from your families, to come here and try to accomplish something and be part of those moments.”
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