Pacers’ Jeff Foster announces retirement due to back issues

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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