A 39 ans, l'arrière états-unien Demond Mallet a annoncé sa retraite. Il sera honoré ce 23 février à Bamberg, lui dont il était l'une des raisons du premier titre du club en Allemagne en 2005.
Au total, il a passé 15 ans en Europe, dont une saison d'anthologie en 2007/08 à Baladone (EuroCup et Copa del Rey gagnés avec Rudy Fernandez et Ricky Rubio). Une carrière conclue sur une note moins positive. Arrivée à Nancy en cours de saison passée, le champion de Belgique 2011 (avec le Spirou Charleroi) n'a pas réussi à sauver le club d'une relégation en Pro B. Sur 17 matchs, il a tourné à 7,1 points à 37,6% de réussite aux tirs, 2,9 rebonds et 1,7 passe décisive pour 7,4 d'évaluation en 24 minutes.
Il a adressé une lettre d'amour au basketball (en anglais) à Sportando :
"To My First Love,
Basketball, you have been the love of my life ever since I was first introduced to you and you have continued to be from then until now. Moreover, you have continued to be my life partner with whom I have shared my biggest dreams and deepest fears, my private pain and hateration. You have not only been by my side, but on my side. I am persuaded that our marriage was a match made in Heaven.
Ecclesiastes reminds us that there is a time and a season for everything and that all good things must come to an end. We are persuaded that it is time that our playing days end. It is time to hang up our sneakers and retire. Although our playing days will end, our love of the game continues. We don't know what tomorrow holds, but we do know who holds tomorrow and we are persuaded that we will land someplace where our love of the game can continue in a different capacity.
No one achieves success alone. Help must be provided along the way. We had a lot of it and we are compelled to say thank you. First, we must thank God without whom our love would have never flourished and the journey would have never begun and success would have never been achieved. Thanks to my Mom, my Dad and my Big Brother for all the encouragement and support along the way. I was blessed to have a world-class agent, Craig McKenzie, guiding my career. Craig, it goes without saying that you are the best of class and I thank you for all you've done and continue to do. Our journey was filled with awesome coaches like Hub Jordan, Grant Westerchill, Ron Everhart, Rick Carlisle, Ken Scalabroni, Sasha Obradovic, Dirk Baureman, Aito Garcia Reneses, Sito Alonso, Murat Ozyer, Stefan Koch, David Blatt, Bozzi Giovoni and Gregg Benoit. Thank you all for trusting and believing in us. Not only that, we had some exceptionally gifted and talented teammates along the way. We worked hard, bled and fought on that hardwood together. Whether it was the thrill of victory or the agony of defeat we shared them both together. We thank you all for the journey and the friendship that will last a lifetime. I also want to send a special thanks to Patrick King, Alvaro Tor, Igor Crespo, Misko Raznatovic, David Garcia Casanova, and Jordi Fernandez. I want to thank all the leagues I played in with my first being the German BBL, the Euroleague and the Eurocup. Finally to my love Basketball, I don't want to list all of the accolades throughout my career that you given to me but I thank you and love you for this journey. You have been an extraordinary life-long partner! I look forward to continuing the journey in another capacity, of course, with you by my side. I don’t want to say good-bye so I’ll say see you later. God bless you all.
D. Mallet Done!!"
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