14-Year NBA Veteran Announces Retirement

After a 14-year NBA career that included a world championship with the 2011 Dallas Mavericks, the always well-liked combo guard J.J. Barea has retired from the game. He made the announcement in a Spanish language interview after finishing the year with Cangrejeros de Santurce in his native Puerto Rico.

The love the fans in Dallas felt for Barea was obviously reciprocated, as heard in his emotional speech here: 

"Dallas is my second home... The happiest place that I ever played basketball," he said, while fighting off tears.

The 38-year-old played 11 of his 14 years in Dallas, with a three-year detour in Minnesota. His final game in the NBA came in a Mavs uniform, back in 2020.

He averaged 8.9 points and 3.9 assists in his career, while shooting 35% from distance.

"I'm ready," he said. Roughly translated to English, he continued: "Last year it worked my head and I wasn't ready. This year, yes, and I am calm about finishing."

The NBA family will miss JJ Barea.

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