Joe Devance announces retirement

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Veteran forward Joe Devance has announced he is retiring from the game of basketball after a long and colorful career that saw him win 12 titles while playing for Alaska, Purefoods, and Barangay Ginebra.

The 40-year old made his announcement on Instagram, saying, “I have mixed feelings about this post. I have spent 30 years playing basketball and the past 16 years playing professional basketball in the PBA. I have made and built so many relationships within that time that will remain in my memories for a life time. All the battles that I went through with all of my brothers in my career have led me to this time. I’m sad to say that now is the time to call it a career,” shared the versatile Fil-American big man.

After spending the last 16 years playing in the PBA, Devance said he now wants to focus on his family.

“I gave the game of basketball my body mind and soul everything I had. Now is the time to focus on my kids and family,” said Devance

“I came into the PBA unsure of myself not knowing if I will be able to make it and now leaving the PBA with 12 championships. I have said it before and I’ll say it again, I am blessed,” the 6-foot-7 forward added.

Tabbed as the top pick in 2007 by the now-defunct Welcoat, Devance was traded to Alaska the following season and started to hit his stride there, especially under the tutelage of Tim Cone, who he won 11 titles with.

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