Etiwanda High alumnus Darren Collison has decided to retire from the NBA after a 10-year career to focus on his faith.
Collison, who played college basketball at UCLA, made his announcement on The Undefeated:
“Basketball has been my life since I was a child. I could never imagine finding anything that brings me more joy than I get from playing the game. While I still love basketball, I know there is something more important, which is my family and my faith. I am one of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and my faith means everything to me. I receive so much joy from volunteering to help others and participate in a worldwide ministry. The joy I feel is unmatched.
With that being said, I have decided to retire from the NBA.”
Collison averaged 12.5 points and five assists per game during his career and played multiple seasons for the Indiana Pacers and the Sacramento Kings. He also played one season each for the Los Angeles Clippers, New Orleans Hornets and Dallas Mavericks.
This publication listed Collison as a possible option for the Los Angeles Lakers this summer as the team tries to build a roster around LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
Collison never forgot his basketball roots and would return to host a basketball camp at his alma mater, Etiwanda High in Rancho Cucamonga.
He also served as Team Challenge ALS’ head coach in The Basketball Tournament, a single-elimination tournament played each summer in the United States, featuring 64 teams and offering $2 million in winner-take-all prize money.