Josh Urbiztondo announces retirement from basketball
MANILA, Philippines—Josh Urbiztondo announced his retirement from professional basketball a day after Alab Pilipinas got eliminated in the Asean Basketball League playoffs.
The 36-year-old guard said he talked with his wife Alexis about his decision of ending his 11-year professional career before dutifully announcing it through social media.
“After a long-thought decision and discussing with my wife, I have finally decided to hang ‘em up and retire from basketball,” wrote Urbiztondo on his Instagram. “In my 11-year pro career there have been a lot of ups and downs, which I will cherish and bring with me in my next chapter of life.”
Urbiztondo was a reliable journeyman during his days in the PBA putting up an average of 6.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, and 2.5 assists from 2009 to 2017 and was even a champion with the Purefoods franchise in the 2012 Commissioner’s Cup.
He then transitioned to the ABL first with the Singapore Slingers in 2017 before going back to the PBA on the same year. In 2018, he returned to the ABL playing for Alab where he won a title.
“I want to thank God, ally my fans and supporters, brothers, coaches, teammates, and the management throughout all my years in the Philippines, especially my wife, my daughters, my parents, my brothers-in-law, and all my family in the States who would watch my games in the middle of the night and follow my progress via Internet.”
Urbiztondo, who was a PBA All-Star in 2012, got several messages of support, including from his opponent-turned-coach Jimmy Alapag.
“From going to battle against each other through the years, to having you in Alab the last two seasons, I’ve always had the utmost respect for your character,” Alapag commented on Urbiztondo’s post.
“You’ve been a great example to future Filipino players that it’s not about where you start, but where you finish. Been a hell of a ride the past two seasons together! Appreciate you and your incredible family!” added Alapag. “The game will miss you! Always here for you if you need anything.”
Urbiztondo said that his next move is to move back to the United States with his wife Alexis and their two daughters.
“Those of you who know me, my kids and wife are everything to me and as a father I have to think about what’s best for them so moving back to the States is essential for my family at this moment and I am excited for our next chapter,” said Urbiztondo.
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