Monday, June 22, 2009

Former skipper decides to call it quits

FORMER Australian captain and two-time Olympian Jason Smith has decided to retire from professional basketball.

The 34-year-old played 413 games in the National Basketball League and also represented the Boomers 105 times, including the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games.

Smith captained the national team at the 2006 world championships in Japan and was also a member of the gold medal-winning team at the Melbourne Commonwealth Games that same year.

He was left without a team following the demise of the Sydney Spirit last season and had considered putting his hand up for a spot in the new league to be launched later this year, but lacked the motivation to continue his career.

"There's a demand for experienced leaders in the NBL and I think I qualify as that, but you have to be motivated to succeed and that desire just isn't what it used to be, so I'd rather go out with my integrity intact," he said.

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