Former NBA sharpshooter Michael Redd decides to retire


michael-reddEx-NBA player Michael Redd, who hasn’t played in the NBA since April of 2012 with the Phoenix Suns, has decided to retire, NBA official website reported.

He was unable to catch on with a team last season and has apparently decided to hang it up rather than holdout hope that a contender would bring him on as a veteran shooter later this season.

Redd spent 11 of his 12 NBA seasons with Milwaukee and last appeared in a game two years ago with Phoenix.

The 34-year-old Ohio State product had knee issues late in his career. He appeared in just 61 games over his final three seasons in Milwaukee due to the injuries, then played in 51 games during his final season with the Suns.

After being selected with the 43rd overall pick of the 2000 NBA Draft by Milwaukee Bucks, Redd averaged 19.0 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in 629 NBA games.

An All-Star in 2003 and a member of the 2008 gold medal winning U.S. Olympic team, Redd set the Bucks scoring record for one game with a 57-point effort on Nov. 11, 2006, eclipsing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s previous mark of 55 from Dec. 10, 1971.

Redd will announce his retirement from the NBA on Wednesday night before Milwaukee’s home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers. Redd will address the Bucks crowd between the first and second quarters.

On Thursday, Redd will visit the House of Peace tomorrow morning where he will talk with a wellness class along with a men’s empowerment class.

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