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Mehmet Okur retires at age of 33

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Former NBA big man Mehmet Okur announced his retirement from basketball on Wednesday at the age of 33.

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Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty ImagesMehmet Okur, a 10-year NBA veteran, announced his retirement Thursday.

The 6-foot-11 Okur, who is from Turkey, averaged 13.5 points and 7 rebounds in 10 NBA seasons. He won an NBA title with the Detroit Pistons in 2004. He played in 17 games for the New Jersey Nets last season and was traded to the Portland Trail Blazers in the deal that brought Gerald Wallace to the nowBrooklyn Nets. Portland waived him in March.

Okur said he was retiring because injuries have kept him from contributing at a high level.

"A player of certain level should say goodbye to the sport he loves when his body doesn't let him to be as he used to be," Okur said Wednesday, his comments carried by the Anadolu Agency in Turkey.

He played two seasons with the Pistons before joining the Jazz prior to the 2004-05 season when he agreed to a six-year, $50 million contract.

He finished his Jazz career ranking fourth on the franchise's career list for 3-pointers made (517), fifth for 3-pointers attempted (1,358), and ninth in scoring (7,255), rebounding (3,599) and blocked shots (346).

He represented the Jazz in the 2006-07 All-Star Game.

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sad to see memo retire, he was a very solid player. wish him well in the future.

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Knicks go sign him in 6 years

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Was an okay player, had a great outside game for a big man, shame he retires but eventually a career has to end at one point.

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Wow, whatever happened to that guy? Played well in Utah so long ago.

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Its always sad when guys have to retire due to injury. He could freakin' shoot.

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Hey, thanks so much for sharing this with all of us...

Sad to see him go- I remember the year that he was an All-Star, I really debated if he should be on that team over some other guys. However, when he got to the game and was so happy to be there and it meant so much for him and his country- I couldn't dispute it...

I remember when he was just so "lights out" for The Pistons and helped them build up to that moment when they shocked the basketball world and defeated the "Beastly" Lakers in the Finals. It made such a mess for the Lakers, Phil left and that was the begining of the Kobe v. Shaq media fiasco...

He didn't always come through in Utah. However, how many times he was THAT GUY THAT SHOT THE ONE RIGHT AT THE BUZZER TO MAKE THE DIFFERENCE...

May not be a HOFer but was a great player and ambassador of the game that we all love for one reason or another : )

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Wow, whatever happened to that guy? Played well in Utah so long ago.

Injuries messed him up.

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Well retirement was bound to... Okur... sooner or later for Mehmet... ahahaha.

Anyhoo... he lost so much playing time due to injuries that when he did play it was only for brief Okur-rences... ahahaha...

Alright. I'm done. A Mehmet more and I'll be late for work.

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Well retirement was bound to... Okur... sooner or later for Mehmet... ahahaha.

Anyhoo... he lost so much playing time due to injuries that when he did play it was only for brief Okur-rences... ahahaha...

Alright. I'm done. A Mehmet more and I'll be late for work.

Lmao I'm Dying
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probably the greatest european center of all time

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probably the greatest european center of all time

Never heard of Vlade Divac eh ?

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Always enjoyed watching him play. Respectable guy.

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Never heard of Vlade Divac eh ?

Never heard of Sabonis, eh?!

:smile:

Anyway, he, most likely, ain't serious.

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Never heard of Sabonis, eh?!

:smile:

Anyway, he, most likely, ain't serious.

Lol damn you're right, I just honestly forgot Sabonis.

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probably the greatest european center of all time

Lolz

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Rik Smits was pretty damn good too.

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He's been useless for the past 2-3 years... Peaceout

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Lolz

Sabonis ftw lol Mehmet was most likely a Dirk Lite at best. Mad respect to him though he won my Pistons against the Lakers. It takes a team to win that Ship Bitches.

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He had some pretty good years back in his prime..

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