Former PBA MVP Kelly Williams announces retirement after 14 seasons

Former PBA MVP Kelly Williams is hanging up his jersey after 14 seasons.

The 38-year old Fil-Am from Detroit, Michigan took to his social media accounts on Monday to announce his retirement.

“It’s with gladness & sadness that I announce my retirement from basketball. I could not have predicted that I’d have the kind of career I was able to experience,” said Williams. “Thank you Philippines for giving me solid ground to grow as both a player & a man for the last 15 years.”

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It’s with gladness & sadness that I announce my retirement from basketball. I couldn’t have predicted that I’d have the kind of career I was able to experience. Thank you Philippines for giving me solid ground to grow as both a player and a man for the last 15 years. Thank you PBA for giving me access to your stage for 14 seasons and to the great fans who supported me during my time. I gave my all when I put Pilipinas and my teams on my chest and I hope you felt that. Thank you SLR for giving me freedom to be me. Coach Boyet, Boss Buddy, mgmnt, Atty Magno, coaches, utility and all my teammates. It’s because of you that I’m in the All-time 40 and I’m forever grateful! Thank you TNT for extending my career. To the coaches & teammates who lifted me up time & time again. I know it wasn’t easy. Thank you🙏🏼 I love you guys. Wheyking Fam and Anytime Eastwood, thank you for supporting my fitness journey over the years! Fam & friends your unconditional love and support gave me strength to keep pushing, Tina, Jay (too many to say but you know exactly who you are). Did I make you proud, mama? I believe daddy is smiling down on me❤️ Uncle Jonas & Enrico thank you for looking out for me, making calls, making sure I took a look at the Philippines 🙏🏼 Coach Chot, can’t thank you enough for placing your bet on a skinny no-name kid from Detroit back in 05. I am indebted to you. Thank you, Alex Compton, for having my back and making sure my career got off on the right foot. And everyone else (too many to name) who made either my life or my career better with the space you held within my journey. Thank you🙏🏼 To 🏀, thank you for being a safe haven to a young lost kid & bringing meaning to my life EVERY YEAR since 1991. Forever grateful. I turn the final page of this chapter and I fear not. I did the best I could with what I had, now I can lay my career to rest with peace in my heart. Now I can be nearer to my sons. The Machine Gun signing off. 21 gun salute 🇵🇭

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Williams broke into the league in 2006 as the top overall pick. He was taken in by the now-defunct Sta. Lucia Realtors and went on to bag the Rookie of the Year award. He led the team to its second and last PBA title – the 2007-08 Philippine Cup and was crowned as the Best Player of the Conference. He was eventually hailed as league Most Valuable Player in his sophomore year.

After dealing with health issues, he was dealt to the TNT KaTropa in 2010 along with Ryan Reyes and became part of five more championships – including three straight Philippine Cup titles.

The 6-foot-7 high-leaper, who is also a 3-time member of the league’s Mythical First team, finished with career averages of 10.4 points 7.5 rebounds, and 1.3 assists.

In addition, he is a 5-time All-Star, a 2-time Slam Dunk champion, 2-time Comeback Player of the Year, and a former member of the national squad.

“To [basketball], thank you for being a safe haven to a young lost kid & bringing meaning to my life EVERY YEAR since 1991. Forever grateful,” Williams said.

“I turn the final page of this chapter, staring into the unknown, & I fear not. I did the best I could with what I had, now I can lay my career to rest with peace in my heart. Now I can be nearer to my sons. The Machine Gun signing off. 21 gun salute.”

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