Darren Collison retires to focus on being Jehovah's Witness

Darren Collison Pacers

In an unexpected move, free agent point guard Darren Collison has announced his retirement from the National Basketball Association.

"I wish my brother and good friend well in his next stages in life and in all of his future endeavors going forward", Pacers' teammate Thaddeus Young told a journalist working for HoopsHype via text message.

Darren Collison #2 of the Indiana Pacers dribbles the ball against the Chicago Bulls at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on March 05, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

"While I still love basketball, I know there is something more important, which is my family and my faith", Collison said.

In his retirement post, Collison explains he is retiring to focus on faith as a Jehovah's Witness, as well as his family.


Collison has averaged double-digits in scoring for all ten of his seasons in the National Basketball Association and was coming off a solid 11.2/6.0/2.6 season with an Indiana Pacers team who was one of the league's biggest surprises. The joy I feel is unmatched.

Pacers free-agent-to-be guard Darren Collison has made a decision to call it a career.

With Collison now out of the picture, there will be one less veteran point guard on the market as the Pacers will look to fill the void through free agency. "Thank you for respecting my decision", Collison said.

Collison was drafted by the New Orleans Hornets in 2009 after four years at UCLA. Players such as Victor Oladipo, Russell Westbrook, DeMarcus Cousins, Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul, Stephen Curry, Dwyane Wade, and LeBron James who had a major impact on me competing at the highest level.

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