Two-time champion forward West retires from NBA

San Francisco (AFP) –


David West, a power forward who played 15 seasons in the NBA and won titles with Golden State the past two seasons, announced his retirement Thursday on social media.

"I have been fortunate enough to live out my childhood dream of playing in the NBA," West wrote in a statement. "After 15 seasons, I have decided to retire from the game of basketball.

"I am humbled and thankful for the support of my family, friends, coaches 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, an American who turned 38 on Wednesday, was the 18th overall selection in the 2003 NBA Draft by the New Orleans Hornets and played for the team until 2011, when he joined the Indiana Pacers. He went to San Antonio for the 2015-16 campaign and spent his final two seasons with Golden State, helping the Warriors to back-to-back NBA crowns as a reserve.

West, a two-time NBA All-Star, averaged 13.6 points, 6.4 rebounds and 2.2 assists a game over 1,034 career NBA appearances.