Jason Richardson confirms retirement one month after agreeing Atlanta Hawks deal

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Just over one month on from signing a contract with the Atlanta Hawks, 14-year NBA veteran Jason Richardson has called time on his career.

As revealed by Yahoo! Sports, the former fifth overall pick took the decision to retire after learning of a bone spur issue in his right knee.

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The 34-year-old spent time on five different NBA franchises and leaves the league as one of only three players to have won back-to-back Slam Dunk Contests - Michael Jordan and Nate Robinson the other two to share the honor.


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Having dealt with a number of knee injuries since entering the league back in 2001, Richardson explained how fears over his long-term health were the motivating factor:

"I didn't want to limp the rest of my life," the power forward told Yahoo Sports. "I still have my whole life in front of me, God willing."

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While he entered the offseason believing he was capable of another season in that elusive search for an NBA title, the Michigan native had a change of heart during a recent trip to an Atlanta park:

"I sat alone at a park in Atlanta thinking and no one said anything to me because they didn't recognize me since I just got there.

"I talked to my wife for an hour on the phone and then I sat for five hours thinking while listening to music before deciding that retiring was the right thing to do."


Although Richardson will perhaps be best remembered for his iconic 360-windmill dunks - his Dunk contest victories in '02 and '03 particular highlights - the veteran was also an effective all-round shooter during spells with the Warriors, Bobcats, Suns, Magic and 76ers.

He leaves the NBA with a career average of 17.1 points per game and scored 14,644 points in total.

NBA fans: Where does Richardson rank amongst dunking stars of the past? Have your say in the comments below...

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