It seems like today has been the day of the off-season for retirement talks in the National Basketball Association.
Earlier on, we reported the news that Paul Pierce revealed that his time with the Los Angeles Clippers could be his last before retiring. Pierce is a Cali native and wanted to come home before hanging up his jersey.
And now we've got 17-year league veteran Nazr Mohammed saying he's considering retiring right now.
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The 37-year old Mohammed took to his own personal blog to reveal that he was seriously weighing up playing another season in the NBA or retiring and working for a team in a front office role.
"I’m a free agent. After 17 seasons playing NBA basketball, I’m currently at a point where I’m trying to decide what I do next – continue playing basketball or pursue a post-playing career," Mohammed wrote in the post.
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"Years ago I decided that I was going to play until I couldn’t play anymore or until nobody else wanted me to play for them anymore – whichever came first....But while I love playing basketball, I am considering moving on and taking advantage of some of the opportunities that are coming my way in the business of basketball," he added.
"One of my goals is to one day become a general manager of an NBA team, and there are opportunities presenting themselves that will allow me to take a step in that direction and get my foot in the door."
Low Playing Time
Last season, Mohammed played in just 23 games for the Chicago Bulls and was on the court for a total of 128 minutes, hardly a great vote of confidence from head coach Tom Thibodeau that he can still be a factor in an NBA rotation
The season before Thibodeau had leaned on Mohammed’s defense off the bench, but last season he mostly just had a front-row seat for games.
Would Mohammed play more minutes on a worse team? Of course, but who wants to play their final season in the NBA for a team that will win 20 games.
Mohammed has played for the Philadelphia 76ers, Atlanta Hawks, New York Knicks, San Antonio Spurs, Detroit, Charlotte, Oklahoma City and Chicago during his career. He won two NCAA titles at Kentucky, in 1996 and 1998, and an NBA championship in 2005 with the Spurs.