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NBA Star David Robinson to Retire After Next Season - 2002-05-25

In the National Basketball Association, San Antonio Spurs center David Robinson has said he will play one more season and then retire.

At an afternoon news conference Friday, Robinson said his career has been like a dream and he could not ask for better teammates, coaches or fans.

The 36-year-old U.S. Naval Academy Graduate, known as "the Admiral," saw limited action in this year's playoffs after a chipped disc caused nerve problems in his back, legs, and foot. Robinson struggled this season, averaging a career-low of 12 points and eight rebounds per game. Robinson has career averages of nearly 22 points and almost 11 rebounds per game.

Robinson has played his entire career with San Antonio. He helped the Spurs to their only NBA championship in 1999 and is the team's all-time leader in points (20,144), rebounds (9,989), blocks (2,843), steals (1,336) and games played (923).

He is a 10-time All-Star and was the NBA's defensive player of the year in 1992. Robinson also won three Olympic gold medals with the U.S. team, and was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history.