THE management of the TnT Katropa is hoping that former Philippine Basketball Association (PBA) Most Valuable Player Kelly Williams can shed light on why he suddenly left the team’s training bubble and then announced his retirement a few days later.
The KaTropa remains clueless as to why the Cebuano big man exited their two-week training camp at the Inspire Academy on September 2 and then, announced his retirement from the game of basketball five days later on September 7.
TnT officials were caught by surprise by Williams’ decision, especially given the fact that he was just given a contract extension until year’s end.
Team manager Gabby Cui has said that Williams has not talked to them about his plans and has kept out of touch since then.
Williams’ decision to step away from the game was made even more surprising when he stated on The Ultimate Fan Hub podcast that he believes he could still be an effective PBA player in the “next four or five years strong.”
Williams further blanketed his retirement with mystery when he also mentioned that his decision involved things that were simply out of his control.
“But sometimes, some things are out of your control, and there’s a lot of things and intricacies within the business that sometimes you just got to deal with the best way you can. So I think that weighed a lot on my decision,” Williams said.
The 6-foot-6 forward emphasized that he has a clean bill of health and is not suffering from the rare blood illness that pushed him away from the game back in 2009.
“So it had zero impact on my health. My health had nothing to do with my decision to retire. It was more of a business plus life realization that the decision was made for me,” explained Williams. (JNP)