Thursday, March 22nd, 2012 at 9:20 am  |  6 responses

Back Problems Forced Jeff Foster to Retire

After 13 years with the Indiana Pacers, Jeff Foster walked away from the game due to chronic back pain. From the Indy Star: “It’s with deep regret that I to conclude my basketball career,’ Foster said in a statement released from the team. ‘I’ve given my all to the Pacers and community the last 13 years. I had hoped to be able to finish the season, but unfortunately my back problems prevented from occurring. I want to thank the Simon family and the Pacers’ organization for 13 memorable years.’ Foster’s blue-collar style of play allowed him to last 13 years in the NBA. He knew how to get under the opponent’s skin because he never stopped playing until the whistle blew. Foster only played in 11 games this season. He re-injured his back during the Pacers’ morning shootaround in New Orleans on Feb. 21.”

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  • http://www.slamonline.com spit hot fiyah

    almost incredible that someone in this era stays with the same team throughout the career, specially a non-franchise guy

  • http://www.slamonline.com Alf

    Kudos to all his work these last 13 yrs…

    I remember when him and Jermaine O’Neal (in his prime) were wrecking balls for the Pacers…that was smashmouth basketball at its finest.

  • http://slamonline.com Nella

    Respect for anyone that stays around that long, but good news for Bulls that Pacers will have one less goon come playoff time.

  • Wet

    I feel like this dude has played for the pacers for 45 years…. When he was playing with Reggie, I thought the dude was a 15 year vet.

  • Charles

    Thought the same Wet

  • Dr. DL

    yeah plus who doesn’t love the gangly guy who can dunk from the ft line. and also he was in that one insane photo. you all know the one i mean.