NBA Rumor: Kyle Korver Retirement?

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Kyle Korver unsure about future

Korver was on “The Rematch” with Etan Thomas on Basketball News recently and discussed his current status. “It’s a good question; I’m not sure. After the bubble, it was such a quick turnaround and I didn’t feel like I had really prepared for another season. I believe in honoring the game,” Korver told Thomas on the podcast. “I don’t want to take a up a spot on a team [if I’m not ready to play]. I didn’t feel like I had really put in that time and that work. I have not signed any [retirement] paperwork yet, so… But I don’t know, it also feels good. It’s a conversation that I have with my wife on most days, so we’ll see… I don’t know, I’m not sure.”

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Kyle Korver unsure about playing again

To what extent have you had talks about signing with an NBA team this season? Korver: “I’m not sure. I’ve talked to a few teams about it. Coming out of the bubble, I believe in honoring the game. I believe you honor the season with a good offseason. Coming out of the bubble with the quick turnaround, I didn’t feel I really did that. So I don’t want to cheat the game. If I want to go play, I want to go play well. I haven’t signed any paperwork. My wife asks me this question every day. It’s one I have a hard time finding my exact words for. So I haven’t signed paperwork yet. I’ve enjoyed being with my family, and it’s been a challenging season across the board for the league and for the players. But we’ll see. I don’t know.”

You have a one-year deal with the Bucks. Are people asking about your future? Kyle Korver: It’s a year-by-year thing. There are so many factors that go in to it now. You want to go out on your own terms. You don’t want to go out because your body quit on you or because you broke down and can’t play anymore. And that all sounds really good, but it’s another thing to say, “this is it” — to make that choice. Because that is a thing. This is something you’ve done your whole life. But I have young kids; it’s not like I’m going to stop playing basketball and think my glory days are done. I’m excited about the rest of my life.
2 years ago via ESPN

Five months ago, Korver, 38, wasn’t sure if he would continue to play professional basketball. After the Utah Jazz were eliminated in the first round of the NBA playoffs, he said he was mulling retirement. “I was beat up at the end of last season and I didn’t feel like I was able to play the way that I wanted to, so I just didn’t want it to be like that again,” Korver said Tuesday. “But I still love the game. I still love competing and I still feel like I can offer something. So as long as my family can do it, I want to keep going.”

Kyle Korver considering retirement

On Thursday during his meeting with the media, Korver acknowledged that he will entertain this summer the possibility of retiring. The 38-year-old Korver has a year remaining on his contract, but it is nonguaranteed for next season. “There’s a real cost as you get older,” he said of playing professional basketball. “There’s what you need to put into the game, but there’s also a family cost. That’s probably where I’m at is weighing that cost.”

“I was done,” Korver said Monday afternoon at Media Day. “I was just done. I took a good chunk of time and kind of got away from the game and really evaluated a lot of things and tried to decide if I still had the desire to play. Talking to my wife, my family, look at my kids, you know, we didn’t really talk it through anything yet, but just tried to get a good feel for where they’re at in life and after doing all that, I wanted to come back and I still wanted to play, still love the game and so I’m excited to be back.”

After some heart-to-heart chats with his family, Korver determined he was ready to come back, ready to take on this new challenge. “I think really I needed to have the blessing of my wife and family,” Korver said. “You guys hear this too, surely, you’re schedules are tough as well and the older I get, there’s a family cost to continuing to play. It’s a real thing. So once I felt like my family was in a spot where, even though we went through what we went through, we’re good, we can keep going, that gave me the freedom to really decide for myself if I still love the game or not, if I wanted to put the work in. I don’t want to just come here and just be around. I want to come here and work, play well, make shots, win games. It’s a lot but once my family was good, shortly after that, I still have the desire.”
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