Joe Devance retires from PBA after 16 seasons to ‘focus on family’
MANILA, Philippines—Many-time champion Joe Devance has retired after 16 seasons in the PBA.
Devance announced his retirement on his Instagram on Wednesday four days before the new PBA season tips off.
“I have made and built so many relationships within that time that will remain in my memories for a lifetime. All the battles That I went through with all of my brothers in my career have led me to this time,” Devance, who played for four teams with Barangay Ginebra his last, wrote.
“I’m sad to say that now is the time to call it a career. I gave the game of basketball my body mind and soul everything I had. Now is the time to focus on my kids and family.”
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The 40-year-old Devance was the top overall pick by the Welcoat Dragons, now known as the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, in the 2007 PBA Draft.
After a season, he was then traded to the Alaska Aces where he won his first championship in 2010.
Devance then played for Purefoods for five seasons and captured five more titles including a Grand Slam in 2014.
“I want to thank all of the teams that I was a part of for believing in me. I want to thank all the coaches that helped guide me throughout my career. Want to thank my family for being so understanding and letting me do what I need to do to win.
He spent the last six seasons of his celebrated career with Barangay Ginebra, a franchise he helped claim six more titles.
“Most importantly I want to thank the wonderful fans of my beautiful country. Thank you for all of your support for all of the great times we had winning these championships! You guys are the best fans in the world and I please beg for you guys to still support the PBA,” he said.
“I came into the PBA unsure of myself not knowing if I will be able to make it and now leaving the PBA with 12 championships! I have said it before and I’ll say it again I am BLESSED!!! Please treat people kindly and care for one another. Thank you guys and I’ll always be here for you guys. Love you guys.”
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