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Adonal Foyle has decided to end his NBA playing career after 13 years.
The 35-year-old center chose to retire after a right-knee injury often prevented him from practicing with the Magic during the 2009-10 season.
“It just never really quite got back to where I could feel like I could keep pushing it and do what I wanted to,” Foyle told the Orlando Sentinel on Monday night. “Basically, I never really got back to that place where I felt like I could make a contribution. My thing has always been that the game has really been too good to me to really be around it if I can’t give anything to it.”
Foyle appeared in 733 regular-season games during his career, which he spent with the Golden State Warriors, the [Orlando] Magic and the Memphis Grizzlies. He averaged 4.1 points, 4.7 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game.
Best of luck to Adonal Foyle’s next stage of his life. A class act and great human being.
Make sure to read Foyle’s poem bidding farewell to the game of basketball. Here’s a snippet:
How should I tell thee goodbye?
What can you say about a love affair to rival that of Romeo & Juliet? This is not just some melancholy ode to a hackneyed love of mortals.
I found our love deep in the entrails of the Caribbean Sea. Love that swept me to a land where our embrace became mythical.
You showed me a world that few have dreamt of.