Boris Diaw Announces Retirement From Basketball

After 14 seasons in the NBA with the Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs, and others, Boris Diaw announced his retirement in a 20-minute video with friends Ronny Turiaf and Tony Parker.

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Boris Diaw announced his retirement today in a 20-minute video on a boat (he loves boats) alongside former NBA big man, Ronny Turiaf, and current NBA point guard, Tony Parker:

This is it... It was a good run. @tonyparker @Ronny_Turiaf @bros_stories Full video

— Boris Diaw (@theborisdiaw) September 6, 2018

Flanked by his French basketball brethren, Boris recalled when the three French hoopers were a lot younger and used to go skinny dipping after a win. He remarks that after he tied his mother –– Élisabeth Riffiod, who was inducted into the French Basketball Hall of Fame in 2006 –– for the number of appearances with the French national team (247), it felt like the time to retire. Reaching that milestone was a goal of his since he was a youngster, and he admits––translated from French––"There is no reason to go beyond."

In 14 NBA seasons, after appearing in 1064 games, Diaw averaged 8.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists a contest. He won a title with the Spurs in 2014 and Most Improved Player in 2006. But it wasn't his numbers, or accolades, that made him so popular among NBA fans.

Diaw is unlikely to be elected into the Hall of Fame (just don't tell NBA Twitter), but that understates the love he inspired from fans, particularly as the game took off on social media. After some years in Phoenix, where he still resembled an elite-level athlete, his gorgeous passing, high basketball IQ, and quirkyinterests (including an obsession with cappuccino) to create the prototypical NBA player for the modern, social-media obsessed age. Now that he's retired, the French Magician might be headed to outer space

Most of his NBA peers who have reacted to the news are from overseas, which makes a lot of sense considering how international the game has become. Diaw is a big reason for its global appeal.

He will be missed.

My man!! Congrats on you career! Fun to watch and play with you! Enjoy retirement... well, you know better then anyone how to enjoy life... see around the 🌎! Bring the boat to the East River 😁

— Tiago Splitter (@tiagosplitter) September 6, 2018

Je ne vais pas dire que je l’avais dit... mais un petit peu quand même !!! 😏@theborisdiaw qui annonce la fin de son extraordinaire carrière sur son bateau 😎 Au calme ! #Respect
Merci, Merci et Merci Bobo 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
À un de ces jours mon ami... 👋🏻

— Nando De Colo (@NandoDeColo) September 6, 2018

Une poignée de gars à avoir marqué l'histoire du basket et inspiré des générations de jeunes basketteurs tricolores comme tu l'as fait... bonne retraite et merci pour tout @theborisdiaw !

— Evan Fournier (@EvanFourmizz) September 6, 2018

Congrats à mon gars @theborisdiaw ! Quelle carrière ! Que du bon pour la suite, profites bien....

— Thabo Sefolosha (@ThaboSefolosha) September 6, 2018

Welcome to the club bro! Keep being you broski! You inspire a bunch of us! Captain Babac @theborisdiaw
.@tonyparker knock knock knock LOL

🎥 @bros_stories

— Ronny Turiaf (@Ronny_Turiaf) September 6, 2018

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