At 34, Andrei Kirilenko has decided to call it a career. After 13 seasons in NBA, where he featured 10 years for the Utah Jazz after being their first-round pick in 1999, the Russian now feels this is the right time to retire from professional basketball. The tall forward signed for CSKA Moscow and will return to Russia after the Philadelphia 76ers waived him in February. Though the 2004 All-star told Russian daily Sport-Express that he hasn’t entirely ruled out a comeback in the future.
“I am finishing up my career on court,” the 6-foot-9 Russian said. “I have not said that this is my final decision. However, at the moment — yes, I have retired. I have had enough. I have had a successful career as a basketball player, and the time has come to do something different.”
In his 13-year NBA career, Kirilenko spent one season with Minnesota Wolves and two seasons with Brooklyn Nets, apart from his long stint with the Jazz. The ace forward averaged 11.9 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.7 assists, 1.4 steals and 1.8 blocks per game.