Blake Griffin retires after 14 seasons in the NBA

Blake Griffin retires after 14 seasons in the NBA

Blake Griffin announced his retirement on social media Tuesday after 14 NBA seasons.

“I never really envisioned myself as the guy who would have a ‘letter to basketball’ retirement announcement,” Griffin wrote on April 16, Vibe reported.

“I won't be that guy. As he thought on his career, he kept coming back to thanks and wanted to show it.

Griffin added, “I’m thankful for every single moment — not just the good ones: wins, awards, dunks, and memorable times spent with family, friends, fans, teammates, and coaches.

I could go on about the individuals who have helped my profession, but in this short non-letter, I have to thank my parents, Tommy and Gail, and my brother, Taylor, for their unwavering support and guidance. Finally, thank you to my wartime consigliere and agent Sam Goldfeder, a reliable voice of reason.

Griffin was drafted first overall by the Los Angeles Clippers in 2009 after graduating from Oklahoma. Griffin debuted in the NBA in 2010-11 after missing 2009-10 due to injury. He played for the Clippers, Pistons, Nets, and Celtics.

Griffin said in his open letter, “All of these experiences made my 14 years in the league truly unforgettable, and I can't help but to just feel thankful.”

In my life, basketball has given me so much, and I wouldn't alter it. Last but not least, I'm thrilled for my next chapter: just joking, I'm done “Finished.

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