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David West was always much more than a regular basketball player

David West, who spent the last 2 seasons with the Golden State Warriors, announced his retirement from the league. West spent 15 seasons in the NBA and was even named into two All-Star games.

In a post on his Twitter account, West wrote the following:

While playing for the Golden State Warriors, West was a key contributor from the bench by providing both offense and a much-needed intensity on the defensive end of the floor. During his run with the Warriors, he won back-to-back titles. In his career, West played in 1,034 regular seasons and 118 playoff games. He averaged 13.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game and was an All-Star in 2007-08 and 2008-09.

Apart from all of his accomplishments on the basketball court, a lot of people don't know that David West is one of the most educated and humble players in the league. West is extremely interested in education, "black history, philosophy, and various societal issues".

For him, it all started at Xavier University where his legacy is still strong. He was the National Player of the Year, All-American, first-round draft choice and something that doesn't happen frequently anymore, he finished all four years and got a college degree.

Byron Larkin, Xavier's all-time leading scorer and one of the Musketeers' broadcasters for the last 20 years, said "He's the poster child of what every university wants in a student-athlete – a guy who takes his academics seriously, his behavior seriously and his game seriously. He's an NBA All-Star, an NBA champion, he's done it all in his career.

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Towards the end of his playing career, West passed on millions of dollars in the pursuit of an NBA title.

When asked about this, West told The Mercury News, “It’s not a big deal to me.

“I think it’s just the nature of people. We’re a money-hungry, money-driven society and I think that’s on the minds of a lot of folks.

“It’s about the dollar, the dollar, the dollar. (But) basketball is one of those things I didn’t start playing originally for money and I still have the passion and the love to just play.”

David West finished his career in a winning fashion and as an NBA champion, something a lot of players can't relate with. He was an ultimate professional and true student of the game.

“Overall I’ve been very fortunate. I’ve played with a lot of great people, played for a lot of great coaches, learned from a lot of great minds. I was able to be in a constant state of learning the entire time I was in the NBA. It doesn’t get much better than that.”

West had smart investments in real estate, stocks, and renewable energy throughout his career and will be actively focusing on life outside of basketball. We can only wish him the best of luck and hopefully, he will be as successful in his life after basketball as he was during his long career.

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