Years ago

Jason Smith announces his retirement

Jason Smith, a former Captain of Australia's men's basketball team, has announced his retirement from basketball after fourteen years at the top level.
"I'm in reasonable shape and I believe I still have the ability to contribute to a team in the upcoming season, but on an emotional level I have nothing more to give," Smith told Basketball Australia.

"There's a demand for experienced leaders in the NBL and I think I qualify as that, but you have to be motivated to succeed and that desire just isn't what it used to be, so I'd rather go out with my integrity intact."

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Years ago

He had a good career but I think he was very over rated. 12ppg he averaged over 14 seasons in the NBL and was the Australian Captain. Give me Brett Maher over him anytime!

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Years ago

Props to him for going out like that. Respect to a great career, JS.

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Years ago

Well that saves another team going bust this year then. All is good.

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Years ago

Nice one KingJames, Brett Maher, while a commendable player couldnt guard a door! 14 seasons in the NBL is a massive effort. One of the sports true champions!

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Years ago

I hope you're not serious "Anon". KingJames is spot on, Jason Smith was a good player but Brett Maher was a superstar in this league. If Maher had played for the Kings or Tigers, he would be regarded up there with Shane Heal by eastern states basketball fans.

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bretts the man  
Years ago

Comparing Jason Smith with Brett Maher has to be one of worst posts.
Brett was a star not far behind the Gaze and Jason was a good plyr only.

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Years ago

who's Brett lol

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Years ago

Comparing Smith to Maher doesnt make sense anyway. Maher is one of the best point guards ever & Smith one of the best shooting guards. Both champions in their positions! Imagine them both in their peak on the same side - unstoppable. Smith was also a great defender, he got the best offensive opposition player every week. He could shoot the 3 & dunk like a 7 footer.

Kudos to a great career Jason!!

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Years ago

Smith is over-rated and hope he fades and is forgotten. I've always thought he's over rated.

Brett Maher is great

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Years ago

JS did do some nice things for the Boomers guys I think we shouldn't be too quick to judge through rose-coloured glasses here

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Years ago

He got dunked on by Lebron thats all I can remember him doing for the Boomers :P

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Years ago

You lot in S.A. are a strange bunch really. All that THC has taken its toll and left a few of you seriously deluded!

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Years ago

I wonder what all you jerks in Adelaide would be saying about him if he took the offer the 36ers made to him for this season!

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Years ago

Whilst I loved to hate him, the NBL will be worse off for not having a Jason Smith in the competition ... dirty rotten scragger that he was! :-)

Well done on a good career, JS. No doubt if you were a Sixer we would be singing your praises.

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Camel 31  
Years ago

I'd guess if there were 10 teams we'd have Jason Smith and John Rillie playing NBL.

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Years ago

Surely JR will be playing somewhere.

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Years ago

i know who i would take between JR and JS.......

at least JS could never be accused of not having a go!
the guy left everthing on the court every game he played(which explains his injuries)

but seriously,these aging stars need to down grade the $$$ they are asking.

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Camel 31  
Years ago

Down to 8 teams should mean more quality players on the court. But means we don't have players like JS and JR.
( and most young aussie bigs have gone, overseas)

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