Corey Maggette will retire if Spurs don’t sign him | Wanted to play for Lakers
Although he never won a NBA championship, played in an All-Star game or had the opportunity to play alongside his friend Kobe Bryant, Corey Maggette has been on a long and good ride that might be coming to it’s end this month. After 14 NBA seasons, the player that made a career going to the free throw line (8th all-time among active players) said he will be retiring if he doesn’t hang on with the San Antonio Spurs.
Corey Maggette: “If I could get an opportunity here, it would be great. If not, this game has been good to me.”
— Jeff McDonald (@JMcDonald_SAEN) October 13, 2013
Last night, Corey had a typical Corey night scoring 10 points, 8 of them coming from the charity stripe, and showing his weakness on D by fouling out in just 27 minutes. He has the talent to make the roster but as Brett Pollakoff of Pro Basketball Talk pointed out “The remarks are interesting considering that Maggtte is technically still in the running for a spot, and Spurs management might wonder if this is a sign Maggette isn’t fully committed mentally to going through the grind of a 15th professional season.”
I’m still surprised the Lakers didn’t pick him up this summer especially since he said he was willing to play for the league minimum. It’s his hometown and he just bought a $3 million mansion in Cali 2 years ago so you know he would be comfortable and then of course you have to factor in his friendship with Kobe. Maybe Kobe’s new inspiration would have motivated Corey and then they could retire together – which hopefully wont be anytime soon.