FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, file photo, Utah Jazz center Boris Diaw, back, reacts after being called for a foul against the Denver Nuggets during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Denver. Diaw and Rudy Gobert, both veterans, said having a teammate from their native country can help young players focus on just basketball. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski, File) ORG XMIT: NYAG202
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Boris Diaw Announces Retirement from Basketball

Former San Antonio Spurs NBA championship winner Boris Diaw has announced his retirement from basketball.

Boris Diaw last played NBA basketball in the 2016 – 2017 season with the Utah Jazz. After they waived him last summer, he joined Levallois Metropolitans of the LNB Pro A league in France. He spent all of last season with Levallois Metropolitans.

Boris Diaw (36), announced his retirement in a video on Twitter. He appeared in the video alongside fellow French internationals Tony Parker and Rony Turiaf.


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Diaw was drafted No. 21 overall by the Atlanta Hawks in the 2003 NBA Draft. He played in Atlanta for two seasons before being traded to the Phoenix Suns.

He joined the suns as part of the Hawk’s acquisition of former All-Star Joe Johnson. Diaw was named the Most Improved Player for the 2005 – 2006 season for his improvement in Phoenix.

For that season, he averaged 13.3 points, 6.9 rebounds and 6.2 assists per game in 81 games.


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In 2008, he was dealt to the Charlotte Bobcats (now Hornets) for Jason Richardson, Jared Dudley and others. However, his form dipped dramatically in Charlotte. He stopped taking care of himself and appeared uninterested in playing for a non contender.

Diaw found redemption in San Antonio when he moved to the Spurs in 2012. Playing alongside Tony Parker, he rediscovered his game, and played a vital role in their 2014 championship win.

That year, he averaged 9.1 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.8 assists and shot over 52 percent in 25 minutes per game that season. He averaged 9.2 points, 4.8 rebounds, 3.4 assists per game as San Antonio ousted the Miami Heat in five games.


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