According to Hoopshype, two Pacers players, Seddis Young and Miles Turner, said they were surprised by former teammate Darren Collison’s retirement decision. Turner said he did not expect Collison to retire at this time, but he was happy with Collison.
Collison officially announced his retirement in his personal letter to The Undefeated today, ending his 10-year career.
Although I still love basketball, I know that there is something more important to me now than basketball, that is my family and my beliefs. Collison wrote, “I am a believer in a particular sect, and my beliefs mean everything to me. In volunteering to help others and participating in world affairs, I have experienced so much pleasure, which is unparalleled. That’s why I decided to retire from the NBA.
Collison’s decision shocked not only fans and the media, but also his former teammates. Young and Turner said they were surprised when they heard the news. Yang said that in his many exchanges with Collison, Collison never hinted that he would retire.
I wish my brother and good friend every success in the next stage of his life and in all his efforts in the future.” “He’s one of the most competitive players I’ve ever played with,” Yang said in a text message to Hoopshype. He worked hard every night, full of passion and desire. He’s definitely my teammate who I want to fight with at any time. I’m lucky to have played with him.
Turner has a very good relationship with Collison. In order to better understand Collison’s religious beliefs and express his support, he even attended meetings with Collison. However, he did not think that Collison should retire at the prime of his career. “I actually attended several meetings with him. I didn’t expect this to happen, but I was happy for him.” Turner said in a text message to Hoopshype.
The timing of Collison’s retirement may be the most shocking. In fact, he played very well in the Pacers last season. He averaged 11.2 points, 6 assists, 3.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 76 regular season (full start), with 46.7% shooting and 40.7% three-point shooting. Collison will become a free agent this summer, and he has attracted interest from many teams. According to Adrian Warnaroski, a senior ESPN writer, some executives estimate that Collison will receive a contract offer of between $10 million and $12 million per year this summer.