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Okur officially retires

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Former NBA player Mehmet Okur officially retired from basketball on Wednesday at age 33.

The 6-foot-11 Okur averaged 13.5 points and seven rebounds per game in 10 NBA seasons, and was part of 2004 NBA Champion Detroit Pistons.

He appeared in 17 games for the New Jersey Nets last season and was dealt to the Portland Trail Blazers in a swap that brought Gerald Wallace to the Nets. He was waived him by Portland in March.

Okur said he is leaving due to injuries.

"A player of certain level should say goodbye to the sport he loves when his body doesn't let him to be as he used to be," Okur told reporters Wednesday.
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