It might be hard for people to remember how good Peja Stojakovic and Antonio McDyess were. It might be hard for some younger folks to look at the ends of their careers and remember the All Star appearances, McDyess' 20/10 seasons or Peja's dead-eye shooting.
Today, both Peja and McDyess decided to hang 'em up, ending a couple of brilliant NBA careers. Stojakovic is going out on a high, having won a title last year with the Dalals Mavericks. Now, he says, enough is enough.
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."
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