(NEW YORK) — Mehmet Okur has announced his retirement from the NBA.
The 33-year-old Turkish big man played 10 NBA seasons, mostly for the Detroit Pistons and Utah Jazz. He was traded to the New Jersey Nets last season but only played in 17 games due to injury.
The 6-foot-11 Okur announced his retirement because various injuries have kept from him playing at a high level.
“A player of certain level should say goodbye to the sport he loves when his body doesn’t let him to be as he used to be,” Okur said, according to the Anadolu Agency in Turkey.
After winning the 2004 NBA title with the Pistons, he signed with the Jazz in 2004 on a six-year, $50 million contract. He was an All-Star in during the 2006-2007 season.
Okur finishes his career in the top ten of several categories for the Jazz franchise including fourth in 3-pointers made with 517.
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Jill Martin, CNN
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