TNT’s Kelly Williams Announces retirement
TNT KaTropa forward Kelly Williams pulled off a stunner on Monday after announcing his retirement from professional basketball at the age of 38.
Williams made the announcement on his Instagram account on Monday afternoon, just days after he was signed to a new contract by the TNT management.
“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,” Williams said.
“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,” he added.
Williams arrived in the country in 2004 when he was discovered by former national men’s basketball team coach Vincent “Chot” Reyes. He went on to play for Magnolia in the Philippine Basketball League and won a championship with Arwind Santos.
In 2006, Williams was drafted first overall by the Sta. Lucia Realtors. He stayed with the squad for four years where he won his first PBA championship, Rookie of the Year trophy, PBA MVP award and Best Player of the Conference citation.
In 2010, Williams was traded to the KaTropa franchise, where he captured his five other PBA championships. He was also tapped to represent the country several times by Reyes.