NBA veteran Terrence Ross has officially declared his retirement from professional basketball after an illustrious career spanning 11 years. This decision comes as a shock to fans who were expecting Ross to make a move to Europe, as rumors had circulated about a potential offer from Partizan Mozzart Bet Belgrade. However, Ross has chosen a different path, opting to step away from the sport altogether.
Terrence Ross Calls it Quits: Retires After 11 Years, Shattering Speculations on European Move
Speculation about Ross’s potential move to Europe began when he confirmed during a Twitch livestream on August 20 that he had received an offer from Partizan Mozzart Bet Belgrade. The 32-year-old forward expressed his sentimental attachment to Serbia, stating that if he were to play overseas, it would be the only option he would consider. Ross, a former Slam Dunk Contest champion and free agent after the 2022-23 season, seemed open to the idea of returning to Serbia with his family.
However, on December 1, Ross announced his retirement on his own podcast, surprising fans and putting an end to the rumors of a European move. He explained that with the passage of time, he had come to realize his love for being at home and fully embracing his role as a father and family man. This newfound appreciation for family life ultimately led him to make the decision to retire from professional basketball.
Throughout his NBA career, Ross played for the Toronto Raptors, Orlando Magic, and Phoenix Suns, leaving behind an impressive legacy. Over the course of 733 games, he averaged 11 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 1.8 three-pointers per game. Despite achieving notable success on the court, Ross revealed that watching games no longer made him yearn to return to the court, but rather made him appreciate the joys of being present with his family.
Following the announcement of his retirement, Ross made a special appearance at the Washington Wizards’ game against the Orlando Magic, receiving a heartwarming ovation from the fans. His ability to create his own shot and space the floor, while also being a consistent three-point threat, earned him praise from former Suns head coach Monty Williams.
Ross will forever be remembered as a key figure in the history of the Toronto Raptors, having been their first-round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. In 2014, he achieved a career-best performance, scoring 51 points against the Los Angeles Clippers, which tied Vince Carter’s franchise single-game scoring record.
As Terrence Ross bids farewell to professional basketball, fans and fellow players alike will remember him for his incredible talent, memorable performances, and the impact he made on the teams he represented.
The decision to retire and prioritize his family underscores the importance of finding fulfillment beyond the realm of sports, serving as a reminder that life’s true joys often lie in the relationships we cherish most.