Veteran forward Shawn "The Matrix" Marion told ESPN's Marc Stein on June 18 he's retiring from the NBA after 16 seasons as a professional.
Shawn Marion is retiring from the NBA.
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Marion, a veteran of 16 NBA seasons, confirmed with ESPN's Marc Stein his plan of retiring on June 18.
"Hell yeah," Marion told Stein in a text message.
The 37-year-old forward didn't see any action in the recently concluded 2015 NBA Finals against the eventual champions Golden State Warriors in his only season with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
However, he has made his mark in the pro ranks with his 2011 NBA championship ring with the Dallas Mavericks as the pinnacle, per Stein.
The ESPN update says Marion is best known for his eight-and-a-half seasons with the Phoenix Suns, who made him the ninth overall pick of the 1999 NBA draft. This was the same draft pick Phoenix acquired from Dallas in 1998 that was part of the Steve Nash trade.
Marion initially made his retirement plans known to The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro on January 21.
Coro stresses Marion's goal when the Suns drafted him was to play 15 seasons in the NBA. Marion initially thought he could play another three seasons when he signed with Cleveland, but being away from his eight-month-old son Shawn convinced him now is the time to bid the game of basketball adieu.
Marion entertained the thought of retiring last year but decided to sign with the Cavaliers for a shot at another NBA title and the proximity of Cleveland to Chicago, per The Arizona Republic.
Marion told Coro how difficult it has been for him to cope with the time away from his son.
"I wanted to go out on my terms," Marion said. "The biggest thing is having a son. I got attached to him. Seeing him periodically is hard. Watching him grow up on on pictures and videos is hard."
Marion, who averaged 18.4 points and 10.0 rebounds during and made four Western Conference All-Star teams with Phoenix, told The Arizona Republic he gives the Suns credit for his evolution as one of the NBA's most versatile players:
"I was able to grow us a player and watch the city grow at the same time. I really wish I could've won a title in Phoenix. When you spend that much time with an organization and do what I did there, you feel like it's part of you. The fans there know I came to play and laid it on the line.
"It was a special time. Those were special fans in Phoenix. It'll always have a part of me. I'm always going to keep a place there.
"I went from being a high flier to shooting threes to being a slasher to all kinds of things to win. I had to reform myself.
"I'm a role player now. I became a superstar in Phoenix.
"It's been a great ride. I really wish I could've brought a championship to Phoenix. But it was awesome."
After finishing out his rookie deal, Marion inked a six-year, $79 million contract extension with the Suns in 2002. He promptly became an All-Star next season after redefining the power forward position with his athleticism and outside shooting under Mike D'Antoni's system, per Coro.
The Suns then traded Marion to the Miami Heat in 2008 for center Shaquille O'Neal. The former had short stints with the Heat and Toronto Raptors before settling in Dallas for the next five seasons, per The Arizona Republic.
Coro foresees Marion being in the NBA's all-time top 25 for minutes played and in the all-time top 20 for steals and defensive rebounds. He is also a Ring of Honor candidate with the Suns.
Marion will still play basketball, but not on a professional basis. The Arizona Republic update reveals he took part in a Chicago basketball league for players who are at least 35 years of age.
Marion avearged 15.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 1,163 career regular-season games, per ESPN stats.
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