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Dallas Mavericks guard-forward Peja Stojakovic told ESPN he will retire from the game of basketball due to back and neck problems. REUTERS/Mike Cassese (Mike Cassese/Reuters)
Dallas Mavericks guard-forward Peja Stojakovic told ESPN he will retire from the game of basketball due to back and neck problems. REUTERS/Mike Cassese (Mike Cassese/Reuters)

Mavs' Peja Stojakovic to retire Add to ...

After helping the Dallas Mavericks win their first championship last season, Peja Stojakovic has decided to retire after 13 seasons, ESPN.com reported Monday.

Back and neck problems are part of the reason Stojakovic, 34, is leaving the NBA despite interest from a few teams.

“When you start competing against your body more than you’re preparing for the actual game,” Stojakovic told ESPN.com, “it’s a wakeup call.”

He scored 15 points and 21 points in the Mavericks’ home victories over the Los Angeles Lakers that completed a second-round sweep.

He leaves the NBA with a career average of 17.0 points, and he hit 40.1 percent of his three-point shots.

Stojakovic plans to be in Dallas later in the season when the Mavericks receive their championship rings.

Stojakovic was taken by Sacramento with the No. 14 overall pick in 1996, but he played two more seasons in Greece before joining the Kings and beginning his NBA career.

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