Veteran keeper Darren Collins decides to withdraw from the NBA after 10 seasons to concentrate on assisting the less fortunate through the faith of the Jehovah's Witness, he said in The Undefeated Written Letter.
I know there is something more important, which is my family and my faith. "I am one of Jehovah's Witnesses, and my faith is all about me, I get so much joy from volunteering to help others and to participate in world ministry, the joy I feel is unmatched."
year-old, who has earned $ 43 million in his NBA career, has set the goal to secure an annual salary of $ 10 to $ 12 million in a free agency this summer, according to Adrian Vojnarovski of ESPN, but after a long discussion with Agent Bill Duffy, Collins eventually decides to retire
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Collison thanks to several former teammates and NBA stars who inspired him during his career.
I also appreciate the great friendships I have gained from my teammates, coaches and front office staff, whom I will appreciate for life, "Collins wrote on Friday. Players such as Victor Olaido, Russell Westbrook, Demarcus Casins, Kevin Durant, Kirby Irving, Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, Dwayne Wade and Lebron James had a great influence on me at the highest level. with those I mentioned or inspired me to work harder. "
Olaido was among Collison's former teammates to wished him well in social media Friday night. O pic.twitter.com/4qwN0D6OqR
– Victor Oladipo (@VicOladipo) June 29, 2019
Collison said in the letter that while he has done his best to help – happier, he will now have the ability to do more on retirement. He also plans to spend more time in ministry in the faith of the Jehovah's Witness, which he says has made him a better person.
"Basketball has been my life since I was a kid," Collins wrote on Friday. "I could never imagine something that would bring me more joy than I get from the game."
Collison thanked Duffy for his years of service. His biggest expression of gratitude, however, was his wife, Keyosha.
"She has guided our family through everything you can imagine over many NBA seasons, the number of moves we've made, the day-to-day challenges that we've encountered, and all the time we've been dealing with the emotions of the season up and down, it's our strength, "said Collins.