David West not contemplating retirement just yet
Golden State Warriors forward/center David West has somehow found the fountain of youth with this team, and as it sits right now — he is not contemplating hanging them up just yet.
The 37-year-old mid-range artist is still going strong in the gym, on the practice floor, and during games — showing a spry performance despite his advanced age.
West could have walked off into the sunset at the end of last season, finally crowned an NBA champion, and rightly so after becoming the Draymond Green of the bench unit. Yet he said he will handle his impending retirement with the same deliberation he plays the game.
“I’ll just wait and see how my body feels and how my mind feels. We’re a long way from now,” West said following Monday’s morning shootaround, according to Mark Medina of the San Jose Mercury News. “I’m just going to keep preparing every single day.”
West is averaging 7.1 points on 61.7 percent shooting and 3.5 rebounds in 13.4 minutes per game this season and has shot at least 50 percent in 38 games and at least 80 percent in 16 of them. If you had to re-read that, feel free to check the logs.
He has only reached the 20-minute mark once this season, thanks to head coach Steve Kerr and his staff’s fine minute-cap management, but that doesn’t mean the big man is anywhere near the point of exhaustion.
“I’ve always tried to maintain. I never want to finish the season on a downward spiral,” West said. “I never want my body aching. So I’m doing what I have to do to make sure my body is mentally in a good space.”