McDyess, Stojakovic Hang ‘Em Up

HANG TIME NEW JERSEY BUREAU – Monday brought the end to two great NBA careers.

Antonio McDyess and Peja Stojakovic are both hanging up their sneakers, and both are going out knowing they’ve still got a little bit of game left.

Stojakovic went out on top, winning a title with the Mavericks last season. He played his part too, hitting 29 threes in the playoffs. That included a ridiculous 6-for-6 performance from downtown in Game 4 against the Lakers. Before retiring, Stojakovic ranked 27th among active players with 13,647 career points and fourth all-time (behind only Ray Allen, Reggie Miller and Jason Kidd) with 1,760 3-pointers.

ESPN.com’s Marc Stein has the story

The three-time All-Star told ESPN.com on Monday that the physical toll involved in playing after a string of back and neck troubles, at age 34, convinced him that “it’s time” to step away from the game despite interest from a handful of contenders in signing the sharpshooter away from the Mavericks.

“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 after nearly 20 years as a pro on an unquestioned high, thanks to some standout moments during the maiden title run in Mavericks history.

McDyess ranked 35th among active players with 12,227 career points in 15 seasons. He never got his ring though. McDyess joined the Pistons right after they won the championship in 2004 and joined the Spurs two years after their last title.

McDyess was under contract with San Antonio for this season, but his deal was partially guaranteed. The Spurs had hoped to bring him back, but they couldn’t convince him to play another year. So they waived him on Monday.

Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News gives us the details

The teams acknowledged that McDyess won’t be back, and the club will get to remove $2.6 million, the non=guaranteed portion of his contract, off its player payroll for the 2011-12 season.

McDyess, a former All-Star and an Olympic gold medal winner i n 2000, started all six playoff games last season. After the Game 6 loss in Memphis that ended the playoff run of the No. 1 seeded team in the Western Conference he made it clear to the Express-News that he intended to retire after 16 seasons.

21 Comments

  1. jay says:

    mcdyess hopefully was able to teach tiago how to play the nba style of basketball… tiago is tall but still lacks the strength inside…

  2. Disconnektdx says:

    Dice,thanks for doing everything you could to keep us alive against Memphis! Enjoy your retirement,we are gonna miss you.

  3. BronSecond says:

    Both were good players not great. Luckily, Peja got his ring with the Mavs. Antonio McD did a good job with Jason Kidd back in the days. When will Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett call it a career as both are quite improductive.

  4. Ilija says:

    Pedja is one of the greatest shooters of all time,and for us in Serbia he is the best,thanks for evrything..Hvala za sve…

  5. NZ says:

    McDyess was an awesome player at detroit and san antonio. He was the complete team man. respect

  6. ryan says:

    Peja is the answer to boston’s run this year!! believe me!

  7. Sokratis says:

    All the best to Peja from all PAOK fans.

  8. Paulo says:

    Bye bye McDyess. Now Splitter will get more minutes to help Spurs! yewwwww

  9. Sp says:

    Watching Peja destroy the Lakers last year was a thing of beauty.

  10. Neitel says:

    mc, was awesome in denver…im not sure why he never got a ring with his talents, his knee was a problem early n his career, but he lasted as long as he could, on peja…wow, terrific 3 point clutch guy, i will remember him best on his years in the kings, how much headache he gave me whenever he played the lakers or sonics. i wish them good luck, and i think they will be alright if they saved all that cash they made.

  11. Mike says:

    Peja Stojakovic you will always be remember as a Sacramento Kings.

    • Rob says:

      You damn right! He should have had 2 rings.

      • King rules says:

        That was great team. Always will remember that 3 point from Horry.
        Go Kings, go.

      • sbfern805 says:

        Hahaha! i do remember that.. Webber was a beast inside and Peja was a monster outside! I’m a Lakers fan and i have to admit Sac-town had an Amazing team. Too bad Lakers had the unstoppable duo!… with Horry’s clutch shooting. Peja…we need you in the Lakers NOW!

  12. Zar Knicks Fan says:

    kind of feel sorry McDyess left without a ring, he was very good player b4 his injuries. imagine that if he didn’t get those injuries, he could have been among the top PFs in last decade along with KG, TD, Dirk…..and so on.

  13. alvin says:

    danm peja you should play one more season

  14. da real says:

    thanks for the memories, great to see a piece of their talents!!!!

  15. cris says:

    good luck with ya’ll future endeavours.