Jeff Foster had a good NBA career.
He played 13 solid seasons, all for the Indiana Pacers, most as a backup center. In a hoops world that can become obsessed by rings and All-Star Games, there are a lot of other ways to judge a career. For most guys it is about other things. It’s about the game. It’s about making good money and setting up your family while doing something fun. Jeff Foster did that. He played hard and that made him a fan favorite. There are a whole lot of guys who would love to have the career Foster had.
But sidelined by back pain, Foster said is stepping away from the game and retiring now, something first reported by Mike Wells of the Indianapolis Star.
“It’s with deep regret that I have to conclude my basketball career,” Foster said in a released statement. “I’ve given my all to the Pacers and the community the last 13 years. I had hoped to be able to finish the season, but unfortunately my back problems prevented that from occurring. I want to thank the Simon family and the Pacers’ organization for 13 memorable years.”
Foster had played in just 11 games this season, a disappointment after he considered retirement but tried to give it one more go this season.
But Foster meant a lot to the Pacers and their fans. He made a nice little $50 million over the course of his career — and he managed his money well. He is set, his children are set.
We wish Foster the best in whatever he chooses to do next
With so much focus in recent weeks being on NBA players speaking out on social issues, it’s worth remembering that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been one of the most vocal athletes in America on these things for decades. The Hall of Fame and all-time leading scorer in NBA history addressed the Democratic National Convention on Thursday evening, urging voters to vote for Hillary Clinton in November, and opened his remarks by introducing himself as Michael Jordan, because “Donald Trump couldn’t tell the difference.”
You can watch the video of his speech below:
In the weeks since Kevin Durant announced he was signing with the Golden State Warriors, we have yet to hear Russell Westbrook speak on his former teammate’s decision. This week, ESPN.com’s Royce Young indicated in a podcast interview that Durant was telling Westbrook and others in the days leading up to his decision that he was coming back to Oklahoma City. He later walked back his report, saying he misspoke. On Thursday, Durant himself told The Vertical‘s Shams Charania that he never said any such thing, or misled Westbrook or anyone else about his intentions.
“It’s false,” Durant told The Vertical on Thursday. “I didn’t say that – words about me telling Russell or Nick that I would stay or leave never came out of my mouth. We met as teammates, but no promises came out of it. In this day and age, I can’t control anything people claim out there. Someone can go out and say something random right now, and people will believe it.
“I never told Russell or Nick [Collison], ‘All right, guys, I’m coming back to the Thunder’ – and then a week later, I decide not to. Never happened. I don’t operate like that. I heard people say that story, but it’s not the truth.”
So that settles that.
CHICAGO (AP) The Chicago Bulls have signed guard Spencer Dinwiddie.
The Bulls acquired Dinwiddie in a trade with Detroit last month and waived him three weeks ago. He spent two years with the Pistons and appeared in 12 games last season, averaging 4.8 points and 13.3 minutes.
The Bulls announced the move Thursday.