Monday, December 19th, 2011 at 4:58 pm  |  22 responses

Peja Stojakovic to Retire after 13 Seasons

Peja Stojakovic, one of the purest shooters in the history of the game, has decided to retire after 13 seasons. At age 34 and fresh off a Championship with the Dallas Mavericks, Stojakovic attributes his retirement to the physical toll caused by a series of back and neck troubles. ESPN has the details: “‘When you start competing against your body more than you’re preparing for the actual game,’ Stojakovic said, ‘it’s a wakeup call.’ Stojakovic does have the privilege of leaving the sport on an unquestioned high after some standout moments during the maiden title run in Mavericks history. He scored 15 points and 21 points in back-to-back home victories over the Los Angeles Lakers that sealed a second-round sweep over the then-reigning champions, including a 6-for-6 performance from 3-point range in the Game 4 rout that eliminated L.A. But Stojakovic had to grit through persistent neck trouble in March — believed to be connected to his longstanding back woes — just to work his way back into coach Rick Carlisle’s playoff rotation. He leaves the NBA with career averages of 17 points and 40 percent shooting from 3-point range, ranking fourth all-time with 1,760 career 3-pointers made after establishing himself as an All-Star with the Sacramento Kings and later playing with the Indiana Pacers, New Orleans Hornets and Mavericks. Stojakovic quickly grew close with Mavericks star forward Dirk Nowitzki in their short time as teammates. Reflecting on the January rival of his longtime former Kings rival, Nowitzki said: “The first time I saw him at practice shooting, I knew his stroke was still sick.’”

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  • http://redoftoothandclaw.ca/ niQ

    Peja for 3! Gonna miss him.

  • http://nba.com GP23

    Had the nicest 3 point shot.. Dude could stroke it!!

  • http://www.slamonline.com aman from arkansas

    atleast he leaves with a ring

  • ab40

    he got his chip while taking a giant poop on the Lakers he can retire from the nba in peace now.

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Looking back on it all – His career was well rounded. Got the all star appearances, got the money, got the fame…got the RING…. All the boxes were ticked. He got to retire on his own terms…(essentially) whilst still providing some beautiful punches on that finals run. Congrats Peja on a beautiful career arch.
    The kind of run you’d like to replicate on ‘CAREER MODE’ hey guys?

  • http://www.t-mac.com/tmac/index unf*ckwitable

    Nice career, well done sir.

  • http://slamonline.com AlbertBarr

    cosign Dacre. He even made some noise in 2002-2003 season for MVP till C-Webb came back from injury. I still rock his jersey for pick up games (even though my shot is broke) cause he was my favorite King for a long while.

  • OTB

    Stojakovic is a FLAAAME THROWER!

  • riggs

    loved that kings team

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    He had a great career; thanks for the memories and good luck, Predrag.

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

    Peja indeed had a full career. As others stated, all stars, money, recognition, and finally a title, extra bonus for helping down lakers. A fine career. I’m happy for him.

  • Vince5

    Thanks for the memories!

  • E-Rock

    My favorite Kings player!! I had his jersey in 2004 when he was performing at near MVP levels. KG beat him out for the MVP that year. I still have his jersey, I may need to break it out one of these days.

  • Pedrag Stojakovic

    Aaaawwww. Thanks. You guys are the greatest.

  • Audrey

    You were the player I looked up to since I was 9. Thank you, Peja.

  • ARL30

    That 2002 Kings team were NBA champions in my books. Only in hindsight we learned that the series was fixed by the league. And cosign AlbertBarr. Peja was the best player on the best team in 2002-2003 until C-Webb returned. It’s great that Peja got his ring, beat the Lakers, and can finally rest his back. There were some sad years in Sacto, Indiana, etc. after his glory days but it’s nice that it all worked out.

  • Wendy

    One of the sweetest things for me during the Mavs Chip-Run was that Peja got vengeance at the Lakers expense.

    And David Stern forgot to apologize in his message to Peja for stealing that 2002/03 Series from the great Kings Team.

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    i’ll never forget the way he set up to shoot. one of the most unique set ups ever. Pinky and thumb really spread apart. thanks for the memories Peja, this coming from a Laker fan. dude was cold blooded

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    1 more thing: lets get that #16 hanging up in Arco ASAP(i still call it Arco, i dont care). hopefully the Kings can get a new arena in Sacramento

  • Zabbah

    How about we don’t retire jerseys? What’s gonna happen in a hundred years time when when we run out of numbers? We’re gonna go into triple digits? Or jerseys with three significant figures, like 42.5? Americans are idiots.

  • http://aol.com The Iron Lung

    no zabbah you are the idiot my friend.

  • vtrobot

    What AlbertBarr and ARL30 said. I got to see some of the ’99 -’00 games at Arco and that was a great team. @Zabbah, we’ll start using letters when we run out of #’s. Peace.