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Frenchman Diaw announces his retirement from basketball

Xinhua | Updated: 2018-09-07 10:03
French Levallois Metropolitans' power forward Boris Diaw shoots a free-throw during the Pro A basketball match Levallois vs Limoges, at the Marcel-Cerdan stadium in Levallois-Perret, October 7, 2017. [Photo/VCG]

PARIS - French basketball player Boris Diaw called it an end to his professional career through a video posted on social network on Thursday after having spent 14 seasons in NBA.

The 36-year-old Diaw is seen sitting on a boat with two fellow Frenchmen, Charlotte Hornets guard Tony Parker and Ronny Turiaf.

"It's official?" asked Turiaf, who had retired in 2016, referring to Diaw's departure from professional basketball.

"It's official," Diaw confirmed. He also wrote on Twitter, "This is it......It was a good run."

Diaw started his NBA career after being selected by Atlanta Hawks in 2003. He was named the NBA's Most Improved Player award in 2006 when playing for Phoenix Suns.

Diaw won the NBA championships with San Antonio Spurs in 2014 along with his countryman Parker.

Waived by Utah Jazz in the summer of 2017, Diaw returned to France to play ProA league with the Levallois Metropolitans. He averaged 8.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game throughout his NBA career.

He played 247 matches for France, winning the 2013 EuroBasket title and finishing third at the World Cup one year later.

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