Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears has the report:
Wolves Brad Miller to Y!:”To anyone who wants to listen I’m retiring after this season.” 14yr vet to concentrate on hunting tv shows postNBA
Miller came into the league in 1998 after going undrafted, and the two-time All-Star managed to have an extremely successful NBA career despite a complete lack of athleticism thanks to his reliable shooting stroke and fantastic high-post passing. Miller underwent microfracture surgery in May of 2011 before joining the Timberwolves in the off-season, and only appeared in seven games for the Timberwolves this season.
Miller has already spent a good deal of time appearing on hunting shows, and will now apparently make that his full-time profession. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.
From ESPN.com’s Marc Stein:
After knee troubles limited him to less than 30 minutes in the Texas Legends’ last three games, Greg Ostertag informed the team Thursday that he is ending his comeback in the D-League.
Ostertag had his best game for the Frisco-based Legends last week at the D-League Showcase in Reno in front of scouts from numerous NBA teams, but the 38-year-old told ESPN.com on Thursday that the pain in his knees since then had become unbearable.
“They’ve been bugging me since I came back (in late December), but I could barely move (after Reno),” Ostertag said. “I felt good there and I played good. I get out there and sometimes I do get loose, but usually the ‘don’ts’ are longer than the ‘dos.’ It sucks, but I knew going into this what could happen.”
Ostertag, who was a solid if unspectacular NBA center for 11 seasons, said that he regrets retiring at the age of 33, and that he wants people to know that his time in the D-league was not “a publicity stunt.” It’s a shame that Ostertag’s body couldn’t hold up when he re-found his passion for the game — we wish him all the best in his post-NBA ventures.
Via the twitter account of Chris Thomasson:
Having talked to Zydrunas Ilgauskas for a while during conference finals and reading between lines, wouldn’t be surprised if he will retire.
The 36-year old Ilgauskas was the starting center and a key part of the 66-win 2008-09 Cleveland Cavaliers, but his numbers fell off a cliff when his starting spot was given to Shaquille O’Neal the following season. He signed with the Heat last off-season, started a lot of games for them, and did some good things offensively, but his lack of speed made him a liability in Erik Spoelstra’s ultra-aggressive defensive system and left him out of the rotation after the first round of the playoffs.
If Ilgauskas does retire after this season, he’ll be remembered as one of the most beloved athletes in Cleveland history, one of the NBA’s true good guys, and an inspirational story because of the way he came back and had a long, productive career after some Oden-like injury struggles (with his feet, not his knees) early in it. If he does come back, his combination of size, rebounding, passing, and outside shooting could allow him to help some team in spot minutes, although it seems unlikely he’ll be a part of Miami’s future plans.
Two nights ago Fabricio Oberto left Portland’s game against Milwaukee due to dizziness. That led to tests to see what was the cause.
It was a heart condition, recurrent palpitations, that Thursday forced him to retire, according to the team.
“I made this decision to put my health and my family in front of basketball,” said Oberto in a released statement. “It was a tough decision to make after playing for so many years, but it was the right one.”
This is a heart situation that had been monitored in the past.
The Argentinian center had been a reserve brought in by the Blazers late in camp after Jeff Pendergraph, went down (and Greg Oden and Joel Pryzbilla were already sidelined trying to recovery from an injury). He was playing a reserve roll of about nine minutes a game this season.
Oberto played six seasons in the NBA season and won a championship as a starter for the 2007 San Antonio Spurs. Oberto was one of those players who just got things done — he’s a little too slow, not a great shooter, not a great rebounder, yet he just played smart, didn’t make mistakes and good things just seemed to happen.
No trade. No return. Both teams played hard, my man. Both teams played hard.
But Rasheed Wallace is done.
This afternoon the Boston Celtics waived Rasheed Wallace, clearing the way for his retirement.
Sheed was drafted by the Washington Bullets with the No. 4 pick overall out of North Carolina in 1995. Over 15 NBA seasons he averaged 14.6 points and 6.7 rebounds per game, a big man with range. He had a career PER of 17.0, was a four-time All Star (most recently 2008).
He was at the heart of the 2004 Detroit Pistons title team.
More than that, he will be remembered for being a guy who played the game with real passion, with his heart on his sleeve. That led to countless technical fouls, conversations with referees and jawing matches with opposing players.
He was the quintessential guy you hated if he was on the other team and loved him if he was on yours. The league needs more guys with that passion. He will be missed.