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10 NBA Players Whose Careers Ended Way Too Soon

The Los Angeles Lakers consider their NBA careers.

The Los Angeles Lakers consider their NBA careers. This Lakers team did not work out as planned. | Kevork Djansezisan/Getty Images

Many great NBA players have been able to choose when to leave the game they love. While not all of them get a Kobe Bryant-style retirement tour, the overwhelming majority of veteran NBA players get to walk away on their own terms, knowing that as their age increases and skill decreases, it’s best to let the younger guys take over.

Once a player has made his millions, he can move on to the next phase of his life, whether that involves working in sports media, operating a business, or living off the income he made in his prime. However, some athletes are not so lucky. These basketball players wanted to keep playing — doing everything they could to stay on the court but some form of injury brought their NBA careers to premature ends.

In a few cases, this was before the player ever proved exactly what they could do at the professional level. In others, these NBA talents put up good numbers over a solid career (perhaps even a spectacular one), but they left us wanting more at the end. These pros from the past 20 years saw their NBA careers end too soon. Who would you add?

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