After 16 seasons in the NBA, Shawn Marion announced that he’ll be calling it quits and hanging up his jersey, heading into retirement. He told ESPN via text message earlier today about the plans of retirement.
Marion isn’t necessarily going out on a high note, either. He was a part of the Cavaliers squad that just lost the NBA title. During their postseason run, he only managed to play 25 minutes, while none of that playing time came in the NBA finals. Marion was on the bench for the entire Finals, even with an injury-stricken Cavaliers bench.
The highest point of Marion’s career was back in 2009, where he won the NBA title with the Dallas Mavericks. However, he is widely known for the 8 ½ seasons spent with the Phoenix Suns.
Marion initially revealed to the Arizona Republic newspaper back in January that his plans for retirement were on the horizon.
“I wanted to go out on my terms,” Marion told the newspaper. “The biggest thing is having a son. I got attached to him. Seeing him periodically is hard. Watching him grow up on pictures and videos is hard.”
It was believed that Marion was going to retire after last season with the Mavericks. He then went on to sign with the Cavs for another shot at a ring, as well as the proximity to his family who live in Chicago.
The four-time NBA All Star also has an Olympic medal in his trophy case. He was a part of Team USA’s third place finish back in 2004 in Greece.
“The Matrix” put up some solid numbers during his time in the NBA. Averaging 15.2 points per game, 8.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists, he was quite close to finishing his career with double-double numbers. His defensive versatility made him a key component, from high school all the way into professional ball.
Even with a rather un-orthodox shooting style, Marion was able to muster up a .331 three point range shooting percentage.
While we don’t know what is next for Shawn, it seems like he’ll be taking some time off to be with his child and family. Who knows, maybe one day we will see Marion return to the NBA, sporting a suit and tie, and a more behind the scenes type of role.
Until then, congrats on a terrific career!