Thursday, November 8, 2012

Mehmet Okur announces his retirement


Mehmet Okur retirement
Former New Jersey Nets and Turkish national basketball team forward Mehmet Okur today announced his retirement from professional basketball. He said that due to his injuries in the recent years, he figured his body doesn't allow him  physically to get back to a top shape anymore. Therefore, he mentioned that maybe the best decision is to end his professional career here.


Mehmet Okur was first promoted to professional team when he played in Tofas youth system. Later on, he joined Efes Pilsen where he was spotted by European and NBA authorities. He was drafted by Detroit Pistons as 38th overall pick in 2002 Nba draft. There, he played two years, winning his ever first NBA title in 2004. During the offseason, he was offered a conract worth around 50 million $ by Utah Jazz and he moved to Salt Lake City where he enjoyed best years of his career. During the lockout last year, he came back to Turkey to play with Turk Telekom. After the lockout, he was first traded to New Jersey Nets then later to Portland Trail Blazers. Blazers decided to buy out his contract. He didn't play with any team since then.

During the offseason, he was speculated to have received offers from many european and NBA teams; however, he didn't agree with any of them.

As of today, He decided to end his professional basketball career.

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