Mavs icon JJ Barea officially ends his basketball career

Dallas Mavericks icon and fan favorite JJ Barea is officially retiring from basketball. However, that doesn’t mean he’s stepping away from the sport.

Instead, Barea could very well enter the next chapter of his career, possibly managing a team or even becoming a coach.

In a report by Puerto Rican outlet El Nuevo Dia, Barea said he was ready to make a career out of it. The Mavs icon, who played for local professional basketball team Cangrejeros de Santurce, said he was at peace with how he is ending his career.

Barea was unable to play the last game of his team’s game due to injury. Nevertheless, the 38-year-old is already happy with what he has achieved in his basketball career and being able to finish it in his home country. The Puerto Rican legend won the NBA championship with the Mavs in 2011 and enjoyed a long 14-year career in the top professional basketball league in the world.

“I’m ready. Last year it worked on my head and I wasn’t ready. This year, yes, and I’m calm to finish,” Barea explained. “I gave it my all. … To have the opportunity to finish in Puerto Rico, to play in all fields and to enjoy it with my friends.

Before deciding what he will do next, however, Barea indicated that he would take a break first. He has expressed his desire to continue with Cangrejeros de Santurce in another capacity, but what role that remains to be seen.

“I’m going to take a break from basketball because mentally I’m dead. But yes, I want to get involved in this. We have a good relationship. This franchise is very important for the BSN in Puerto Rico. I don’t think I’ll be leading next year but in the future. I need a break so that when the day comes I can do it well, calmly and relaxed. Give me time for the scene as a player to be over and enter another facet, which changes the whole process,” Barea said in the transcribed Spanish version of the report.

Of course, a return to the Mavs is something the Dallas faithful hope JJ Barea will consider. He expressed before coaching was on the line for him, and now that he is retiring, this could be the perfect opportunity for him.

For now, however, fans should let Barea rest and enjoy his well-deserved rest before making his decision on his future.

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