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Two-time champ West retires after 15 seasons

Two-time All-Star David West, who won two NBA championships with the Golden State Warriors over an NBA career that lasted 15 seasons, announced his decision to retire Thursday on social media.

West, 38, was part of the Warriors’ title-winning teams the past two seasons. He also played for the New Orleans Hornets, Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs during his career, averaging 13.6 points and 6.4 rebounds.

A key contributor to the Warriors’ 2017 championship run, the 6-foot-9 West averaged 6.8 points and 3.3 rebounds this past season for Golden State, reaching the 1,000 career games played milestone in January.

Earlier this season, West said he looks forward to other business ventures during the next phase of his career.

“I don’t feel like this is the pinnacle of my existence,” West said in January. “I’ve been fortunate to have a good professional basketball career, but I’ll be under 40 years old when this is all said and done with, and I hopefully got another 40-plus years of life left. That’s another opportunity to ascend to another realm and be great at something else. That’s sort of how I look at life.

“I don’t look at this as this is it for me, and, I think for a lot of people, that’s their mindset. I’ve invested in myself, meaning I can move into many different fields and have an understanding of many different fields.”

With 14,034 career points, West retires as the fifth-highest scorer from the famed 2003 NBA draft, trailing LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh.

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