Cleveland Cavaliers forward Shawn Marion is sticking by his decision to retire after his team fell two wins short of winning the NBA championship earlier this week. The Cavaliers lost the best-of-seven series 4-2 to the Golden State Warriors.
When asked via text message if he still planned to retire, Marion told ESPN, “Hell yeah.”
Marion was seldom used in Cleveland, but won a championship with the Dallas Mavericks and had many quality seasons with the Phoenix Suns. The Suns drafted Marion ninth overall in 1999.
“I wanted to go out on my terms,” Marion told The Arizona Republic back in January. “The biggest thing is having a son. I got attached to him. Seeing him periodically is hard. Watching him grow up on pictures and videos is hard.”
Marion told the newspaper that he still felt like he could play a few more seasons, but did not want to be away from his infant son.
“He’s a 16-year veteran,” Cavaliers head coach David Blatt told reporters. “When Shawn Marion decides to retire, that will not be a negative in any way. He’s a great professional. He’s played at a high level for 16 years. He’s a great guy. Whenever that day comes, he’ll have to be in the discussion for the Hall of Fame.”