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Antonio McDyess to retire; Spurs front line very thin

Dec 19, 2011, 3:10 PM EDT

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After the playoffs, Antonio McDyess sounded like a guy ready to retire.

After the lockout there was the thought he might be willing and able to give it a go in the shortened season, but that is not going to happen, reports Mike Monroe of the Express-News.

The team acknowledged that McDyess won’t be back, and the club will get to remove $2.6 million, the non-guaranteed portion of his contract, off its player payroll for the 2011-12 season.

McDyess had a 15-year NBA career that included an All-Star Game (2001), making the All-NBA team (1999) and a gold medal in the 2000 Olympics. Plus, there was the $113 million in salary, which doesn’t suck. Quality career for a quality big man.

But his departure leaves the Spurs even thinner up front — and they already looked like Kate Moss up there. Tiago Splitter is going to have to take a step forward for the Spurs this season and he will be key to their playoff run in a West loaded with teams who are deep along the front line (Lakers, Grizzlies are the primary concerns).

  1. edmazeing1 - Dec 19, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    Spurs need more then Tiago at Center, picking up a quality big at this point is key, not so much a scoreing one, just like a 7 foot Dennis Rodman would make me happy!!!

    • b7p19 - Dec 19, 2011 at 3:36 PM

      Me too! Can the Sixers have a 7 ft Dennis Rodman too?

  2. coopey33 - Dec 19, 2011 at 3:53 PM

    He was not on the 04 pistons championship team, he joined them the following season.

    • Kurt Helin - Dec 19, 2011 at 4:01 PM

      You are right and I corrected it. Misread B-R.com. My bad.

      • royistheboy - Dec 19, 2011 at 5:39 PM

        Kurt, you need to proof-read your articles. They’re too frequently filled with incorrect information and stupid spelling mistakes.

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