Joe Devans retired from the PBA after 16 seasons to ‘focus on the family’

File - Joe Devance of Geneva.  Search file photo

File – Joe Devance of Geneva. Search file photo

MANILA, Philippines – Multiple champion Joe Devans has retired from the PBA after 16 seasons.

Devance announced his retirement on his Instagram on Wednesday, four days before the tips off the new PBA season.

“I have built and built many relationships during that time that will remain in my memory for a lifetime. The battles I went through with all my brothers in my career have taken me to this point, “wrote Devons, who played for the four teams in his last four games with Geneva.

“It simply came to our notice then. I gave the game of basketball everything to my body, mind and soul. Now is the time to focus on my children and my family. ”

The 40-year-old Devans topped the 2007 PBA Draft overall by the Welcott Dragons, now known as the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters.

One season later, he was traded to Alaska Aces where he won his first championship in 2010.

Devance then played five seasons for the Purefoods and won five more titles, including a Grand Slam in 2014.

“I would like to thank everyone who was part of the team for believing in me. I want to thank all the coaches who have helped guide me throughout my career. I want to thank my family for understanding so much and for letting me do what I have to do to win.

He spent the last six seasons of his illustrious career with Barangay Genebra, a franchise that helped him claim six more titles.

“Most importantly I would like to thank the wonderful fans of my beautiful country. Thank you for all your support for all the great times we have won these championships! You guys are the best fans in the world and I kindly ask you to support PBA, ”he said.

“I came to PBA I don’t even know if I can make it and now I’m leaving PBA with 12 championships! I have said it before and I will say it again I am blessed !!! Please be kind to people and take care of each other. Thank you guys and I’ll always be here for you. Your loving friends. “

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