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Thursday, October 7th, 2010 at 10:00 am  |  18 responses

Peja Stojakovic Contemplating Retirement?

Yes, Peja’s apparently still in the League. Though, perhaps for not very much longer, according to the Hornets’ official website: “Stojakovic’s games-missed tally during his other three years with the club: 69, 21 and 20. The native of Serbia, who turned 33 in June and is in the final year of a five-year contract, now says that his health will determine how much longer he decides to play in the NBA. Stojakovic actually began playing professionally in Europe as a teenager, meaning he has a significant amount of wear and tear on his body after an additional dozen NBA seasons. He says his outlook on the future will depend partly on how he feels following the upcoming 82-game grind. ‘This is my 13th season, so I can say that I really want to go through this year pain-free,’ Stojakovic said. ‘Next year I’m going to be 34, so I will sit down and make a decision on my next move in life, whether I am going to continue to play, which I would love to under one condition: that I’m healthy and that I feel physically right to continue.’ Is it possible, then, that this might be his last season in the league? ‘I don’t want to think about it,’ he said. ‘It’s very hard for any athlete to think about that. I’m just approaching this year as another year in the NBA. I know that as the year goes by, you take hits on your body and you’ve got to accept that and make adjustments and roll with it.’ Despite the misfortune and injuries that have hampered him during his Hornets tenure, Stojakovic says he will always be grateful to have been able to play in the NBA for over a decade, a relatively rare feat in the league. He enters 2010-11 with 771 career NBA games under his belt, as well as 26,000-plus minutes.”

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  • http://gmail dirty frank

    Best of luck for a strong and healthy season Peja. I’d like to see that.

  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    I thought he was already retired…

  • baller3g

    Strong possibility he goes back to Greece to work for PAOK the minute he retires. He’s got a job there anytime he wants.

  • IAMORANGE4EVER

    *yawn* Good luck, Peja, and remember, when you retire, you do not expire.

  • Groves

    Help New Orleans this season before you go… please help them

  • http://www.slamonline.com James the Balla

    He must be faking it … it’s only 12 seasons in the NBA.Quit faking Peja. Taking a page from Kobe’s book.

  • VisionofGreatness

    Who cares? Chris Paul is gone as soon as he becomes a free agent and the Hornets will go back to being horrible.

  • Vish

    There was a time when Peja used to be considered one of the purest shooters in the game. You COULD NOT leave him open for a second, he would knock that ish down.
    As a laker fan, I used to hate and respect Peja (when he was on the kings). Here is wishing he has a productive healthy season ahead.

  • ALEX80

    Haijde picku

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Anyone else remember when he was 3rd in mvp voting?

  • Blackphantom

    @Tarzan, you are being serious?????

  • thalilbigkahuna

    @Blackphantom: “In 2003-04, Stojaković was again selected as an All-Star, and finished second in the league in scoring with a career-high 24.2 ppg. He finished fourth in MVP voting and was voted on to the All-NBA 2nd Team. He also led the NBA in free-throw percentage (.927) and three-pointers made for the season (240). In 2004-05, he missed 16 games to injury, and was somewhat hampered in several games, but still averaged 20.1 ppg.” http://hoopedia.nba.com/index.php?title=Peja_Stojakovic
    I’m having a hard time finding a reliable source, but there’s the information. He did finish pretty high in MVP voting.

  • http://slamonline BossTerry

    He had a few good years with the Kings, remember the series the refs won for the Lakers.. He’s pretty much been a non factor since leaving for New Orleans..

  • AL29

    Props to Tarzan Cooper and Thalilbigkahuna for reminding everoyone of Peja’s 15 minutes of fame. He was a great #2 to Chris Webber during Sacto’s golden years (during which they got screwed by the league out of an NBA finals appearance, in 2002). The next year the Kings had a ‘quiet’ 59 wins (behind the 60-win seasons of the Spurs and Mavs), but an injury to Webber caused the Kings to lose to the Mavs and exit the playoffs in the conference semis. Webber missed most of the next year, and as noted, Peja had a great year carrying the team. The Kings had the best record in the league for most of 2003-2004, but started to lose games when Webber returned from his injury and threw off the team’s chemistry. That was the beginning of the end for the team, and the next year Webber was traded to Philly. Although Webber lost his athleticism he still had the IQ and the soft touch and was averaging close to 20-10-5 for much of that season until the trade. Now I’m off topic. The point is that Peja, C-Webb, Divac, and Adelman had something special in Sacramento and really should have been champions. It’s sad to see what Peja became in Indiana and New Orleans.

  • http://www.need4sheed.com Tarzan Cooper

    Kahuna n al29: good shtt. That cwebb injury was devastating. Sad. ……… … … .U sure peja was in indy?

  • tavoris

    @Tarzan-they traded Artest to Sac for him…he was supposed to replace Reggie the year after he retired

  • http://slamonline lakerslegend

    please retire you havent been good since your sacromento days..uve been awful for so long now time to go bye

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