Originally posted on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 12/19/11
Three-time All Star Peja Stojakovic, regarded as one of the finest shooters in NBA history, said Monday he was retiring after 13 seasons in the league, his last a championship-winning campaign with the Dallas Mavericks. The 34-year-old said he was finding it difficult to deal with neck and back issues and felt it was time to bring an end to his career. "When you start competing against your body more than you're preparing for the actual game, it's a wakeup call," Stojakovic said in a statement. "I feel so blessed to have been given the athletic gifts to play professional basketball. I have always loved the game, and have great respect for it, and I know the time is right to step away. I promised myself a long time ago, if it came to the point where my heart and body were not 100 percent committed, I would step away. I have reached that point and I know the time is right to retire." Stojakovic ends his career in fourth spot on the all-time three-pointers list, with 1,760. He play...
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