Basketball

Shareef Abdur-Rahim forced to retire from NBA

Sacramento Kings forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim retired Monday because of recurring problems with his right knee.

Sacramento Kings forward Shareef Abdur-Rahim retired Monday because of recurring problems with his right knee.

Abdur-Rahim, 31, played just six games last season, posting 10 points, 10 rebounds and four assists in 51 minutes.

He later had two knee surgeries in six months.

"I came to grips with the fact that, health-wise, I won't be able to get back to the condition and level that's needed to play in the NBA," Abdur-Rahim said.

"My right knee has become arthritic over the years and is to the point where it won't allow me do the things and play at the level at which I'm accustomed to playing.

"As tough as it is to come to grips with, it's the reality."

"He has had an exemplary career — as a player and citizen," Kings president of basketball operations Geoff Petrie said in a statement. "It is unfortunate for any productive career to be felled by injury.

"However, no one can ever doubt Shareef's effort, commitment or desire to excel."

Abdur-Rahim was drafted third overall by the Vancouver Grizzlies in 1996, and later became the sixth-youngest player in NBA history to reach the 10,000-point plateau.

He averaged 18.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 34.8 minutes in 830 appearances, including 704 starts, over 12 NBA seasons with the Grizzlies, Atlanta Hawks, Portland Trail Blazers and Kings. 

With files from the Associated Press