Boris Diaw’s NBA career has come to an end after 14 seasons with five different teams. Diaw announced his retirement from competitive basketball on Thursday in a video posted to his Twitter account.
In a video posted to his Twitter account, the 36-year-old officially announced his retirement on a boat with Charlotte Hornets guard Tony Parker and Rony Turiaf in a Bros. Stories video. Turiaf, Diaw, and Parker are all countrymen, having starred for the French national team in years past.
— Boris Diaw (@theborisdiaw) September 6, 2018
Diaw has not played in the NBA since the 2016-17 season, which he spent with the Utah Jazz. They waived him last summer and Diaw spent last year with Levallois Metropolitans of the LNB Pro A league in France. Diaw averaged 8.6 points, 4.4 rebounds and 3.5 assists in 14 NBA seasons for the Atlanta Hawks, Phoenix Suns, Charlotte Bobcats, Spurs, and Jazz.
Despite being a very versatile player, who could pretty much help the team in many different ways, the beauty of Boris Diaw’s NBA career has always been the juxtaposition of his plump, indifferent appearance with remarkable innate talent.
What a lot of people don’t know about Diaw is that he has some genuine bounce which he displayed several times. A couple of years ago, a great story came out about his leaping ability.
“People don’t know how athletic he is,” said Charlotte Hornets general manager David Griffin, who was a key member of the Suns’ front office for 17 seasons.
“Boris walks into the gym one day wearing flip-flops and holding his customary cappuccino, which was a staple for him every morning,” Griffin recalled. “It was during pre-draft workouts, so he sees the Vertec [machine] and asks what it is.
“We tell him it measures your vertical leap by determining how many of the bars you can touch. He asks what’s the highest anyone has ever gone, and we tell him Amare’ [Stoudemire] cleared the entire rack.
“Boris puts down the cappuccino, takes off his flip-flops and clears the entire rack on the first try. Then he calmly puts his flip-flops back on, picks up his cappuccino and walks away, saying, ‘That was not difficult.”
Amare Stoudemire who was already a vital part of the Suns success was also their most athletic player at that time. His pre-draft vertical was measured at 32 inches standing and 35.5 inches max. Boris Diaw — albeit a young, slenderer Boris Diaw — matched that in one try, barefoot, with a belly full of coffee and probably a pastry or six. And then he said, “That was not difficult.”
We hope Boris Diaw will enjoy his retirement and we’ll definitely remember him by someone perfectly described by the words of the one-and-only Bill Walton.