Thursday , Sep , 30 , 2004 C.Y. Ellis

Rick Fox calls it a career

Los Angeles, CA (Sports Network) – Rick Fox has decided to retire, ending his
13-year pro basketball career.

Fox played his first six seasons with the Boston Celtics, then spent the last
seven years with the Los Angeles Lakers. He was dealt back to Boston this past
August as part of the Gary Payton trade, and the Celtics waived him Thursday
to facilitate his retirement.

Foot, neck and back injuries this past season limited him to just 38 games and
there was speculation that we would decide to retire.

“We were aware of Rick’s medical situation when we made the trade,” said
Celtics director of basketball operations Danny Ainge. “He has been a true
professional and will always be a member of the Celtics family, especially
considering this is where he started his career.”

Fox averaged 9.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists in 930 games during his
NBA career, winning three championships with the Lakers. His best year as a
pro came in his final season with the Celtics when he posted 15.4 points per
game in 1996-97.

Boston selected Fox with the 24th overall pick of the 1991 NBA Draft after he
enjoyed a stellar collegiate career at North Carolina. He later became the
first Celtic rookie to start on opening night since Larry Bird in 1979.

The 6-foot-7 forward averaged just 4.8 points this past season.

“He has been rehabbing diligently all summer in hopes of returning for the
upcoming season,” said spokesperson Staci Wolfe in a release Thursday, “but
unfortunately his body is simply not responding.”