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Alaska’s Sonny Thoss Retires

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Joachim “Sonny” Thoss ended his professional basketball career earlier than expected after not renewing his contract with the Alaska Aces ahead of the possible restart of the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup next month.

Aces team manager Dickie Bachmann confirmed in an interview with Spin.ph on Sunday that Thoss have decided to end his 15-year professional career, all of which were spent with the Alaska franchise.

Thoss’ contract with the Aces expired last August, according to Bachmann, and the veteran PBA center has opted not to sign a renewal due to uncertainty of coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.

Thoss already informed the Aces management of his decision to retire after the 2019 PBA season but his squad has requested him to delay it by a conference to honor him with jersey retirement ceremony.

The planned ceremonial jersey retirement, however, did not take place since the 2020 PBA Philippine Cup was suspended after the opening day due to coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic.

Aces head coach Jeffrey Cariaso, meanwhile, said that he respects the decision of Thoss, who was his former teammate at Alaska.

“I respect his decision, if that does happen,” Cariaso said. “The way he’s thinking, because he’s in a different place than anyone else.”

The 38-year-old Thoss ended his PBA career with three championships and one Finals MVP award. He was also a two-time Mythical First Team member, a four-time Mythical Second team, and a 12-time PBA All-Star.

Thoss also suited up for Gilas Pilipinas in the 2012 and 2015 Jones Cup, and was a member of the national squad that bagged the silver in the FIBA Asia Men’s Championship in Changsha, China in 2015.