Warriors big man West announces retirement

David West spent 15 years in the NBA, the previous two with the two-time defending champion Warriors.

Golden State Warriors power forward David West has announced his retirement, a little less than a month before training camp.

“I have been fortunate enough to live out my childhood dream of playing in the NBA. After 15 seasons I have decided to retire from the game of basketball,” West wrote on Twitter. “I am humbled and thankful for the support of my family, friends, coaches, teammates, organizations, and fans throughout this experience. To anyone who has ever cheered me on, been in my corner, prayed, or simply said a nice word on my behalf, I am grateful.”

West turned 38-years old on Wednesday.

Along with the Warriors, the 6-foot-9 big man also spent time with the New Orleans Pelicans, Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs.

He was originally drafter with the No. 18 overall pick by New Orleans in 2003. He concludes his 15-year career with averages of 13.6 points and 6.4 rebounds.

West was member of two championship-winning teams with the Warriors.

“David was a consummate professional throughout his entire career and was a huge presence in our locker room the last two years,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said in a prepared release.

“The respect that he commanded was palpable every single day he walked in the door and the leadership that he provided to our team was critical to our success. He had the unique ability to connect with both the veteran and young players and the mentoring he provided our younger group was invaluable. The consistency that he displayed at a high level on the court for 15 years was amazing and a testament to his hard work and dedication. He is a true champion in every sense of the word.”