Check out an excerpt from this story from the Times-Picayune in New Orleans written by Jimmy Smith in today’s paper about former Celtics forward P.J. Brown calling it quits.
By Jimmy Smith
For all those NBA teams – the New Orleans Hornets included – who were hoping for yet another comeback by veteran forward P.J. Brown, there’s no good news in the New Year.
Brown said Wednesday he’s officially retired.
“My career ended June 17,” Brown said of the day he became a world champion when the Boston Celtics defeated the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2008 NBA title.
Brown had left a voice message to that effect nearly five months ago, on Aug. 7, but would never use the “R” word.
“I want to tell you that, I wanted to let you know that I’m officially announcing my, uh, I wanted to say I’m leaving the game,” was the way Brown put it that day, stopping short of using the words ‘retirement’ or ‘retired.’ “There’s been a question around here. People are asking me every day but I just wanted to let you know that today, I’m officially, uh, uh, my career ends.”
Brown laughed Wednesday at his reluctance to utter the word of finality.
“I really don’t like using the word ‘retire,’ ” he said. “It’s funny hearing me say it. But I feel the same way I felt when I called several months ago. I still feel the same way. I’m officially retired.
“When you’ve been doing something for 15, 16 years, and you know in your heart it’s over, it’s a little hard to say that word. Very difficult to say that word.”