Josh Urbiztondo announces retirement from basketball

first_imgUrbiztondo, 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.ADVERTISEMENT DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READ “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.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsHe 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.” Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View comments Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIEScenter_img Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles FILE – Josh Urbiztondo celebrates after hitting a 3-pointer. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netMANILA, 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.ADVERTISEMENT Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Nuggets clinch Northwest with win over Trail Blazers SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img