Warriors Champion Retires From Basketball

Nemanja Bjelica

2022 Golden State championship winner Nemanja Bjelica has reportedly retired from basketball due to injury.

The 35-year-old last appeared in the NBA with the Warriors and was going to play basketball for Serbian team Crvena Zvezda in Europe this upcoming season.

But according to Sportando, Bjelica is reportedly rethinking his future and opting to retire instead.

The forward played a total of seven NBA seasons in his career and made his last season his best, appearing in 71 regular season games and 15 postseason games.

He was a solid contributor off the bench and played role as a floor spacer well.

The Serbian native was impressive on the defensive end and averaged 6.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, and 2.2 assists per game for the Dubs and seemed to enjoy his time with the franchise.

“Thank you to the Warriors, the 2022 NBA champions,” Bjelica said in August of 2022. “To the best fans and everyone who supported us and pushed us all season until the end, thank you.”

“To this amazing organization that believed in me and let me be a part of this legendary group of players, my brothers.

“To all of you, for this unforgettable experience with which I close my chapter in the NBA, thank you. I will always remember this season, these fans and the Bay Arena. Always a Warrior, thank you #DjudjuFandjo.”

During that fateful season, many didn’t think the Warriors could go the distance, but they proved everyone wrong by winning against Boston in the Finals series.

It will go down in history as one of Steph Curry’s best Finals performances as he put the team on his back and carried them, while leaving Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown searching for answers.

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This season, the Warriors have brought back some old favorites from the 2022 squad, like Gary Payton II and signed veterans Chris Paul and Rudy Gay in the hopes of adding another chip to their collection.

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