Indiana Pacers power forward David West knows that his NBA career is dwindling down. Retirement has already been pondered by the former Xavier product, though it was placed on the back burner thanks to the success of the Indiana Pacers.
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However it appears as if the thought crept back into West’s mind during the offseason after he witnessed Paul George go down with injury during a USA Basketball scrimmage.
Losing Lance Stephenson in free agency was difficult enough, but to lose Paul George as well? West wasn’t sure he could take it as he told the Indianapolis Star.
“At that moment, the light went out,” David West said. “Even with Lance (Stephenson) gone … before he gets hurt, I’m like, Paul’s really going to have a chance to grow. So the light was still there. We’ll just ride with Paul and see what happens. When he got hurt, I was sorta like ‘damn!”
“I wouldn’t necessarily say I was (declaring) I’m not going to play, but I definitely think about it. Like I said, I don’t have a lot of time left in this league. I’m just one of those guys that just never intended to play a long time.”
Understandably it had to be a blow to David West who went from thinking he was again going to compete for an NBA title to knowing he’ll now need to play another 82-game grind and may not even make the postseason. Thankfully the two-time All-Star decided hanging up the sneakers wasn’t the correct decision and he’ll be back with the Pacers for another season at minimum.
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