Terrell McIntyre, one of the best point guards to grace the courts in Europe over the past few seasons, announced his retirement this week at the age of 34. A painful hip injury that has slowed down his game over the past years was the cause of the injury. McIntyre is best known for his four-year run with Montepaschi Siena between 2006 and 2010, during which he won four Italian League championships, was twice named to the All-Euroleague First Team and reached the 2008 Final Four. His best season came in 2008-09 when in 19 Euroleague games, McIntyre recorded an average of 17.3 points on 68.7% two-point shooting and 4.4 assists. He played a fourth Euroleague season last year with Unicaja of Spain, but was limited to 10 games – and just six as a starter – due to injury. Mcintyre retires ranked third all-time in the Euroleague with 4.52 assists per game and fourth all-time in free throw accuracy at 90.36%. He was honored on Wednesday in Siena before Montepaschi’s Turkish Airlines Euroleague game against Unics Kazan.
"The pain is there and doesn't allow me to play at the level I would like to," McIntyre said. "Health is my priority. No more games. I will go Vegas in the summer on holiday, but not to play. I have spent my whole life in basketball and this is where I will stay. I don't know exactly how because everything happened very fast, but all options are open – to help kids, teach youth basket, become an assistant coach, start my own basketball camp..."