Friday , Mar , 24 , 2006 C.Y. Ellis

Sixers’ Mashburn waived, announces retirement

Philadelphia, PA (Sports Network) – The Philadelphia 76ers waived forward
Jamal Mashburn on Friday just before the Kentucky product announced his
retirement from the NBA.

“I’ve had a long career in the NBA and have enjoyed my experience,” said
Mashburn. “I look forward to retirement life. It doesn’t mean I am not going
to stay busy, but it’s time to move on and accomplish some of the other goals
that I have set for myself. It’s been a great time. I’ve learned a lot, but
now it’s time to move on.”

Mashburn, who was acquired along with forward Rodney Rodgers from the New
Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets in exchange for forward Glenn Robinson on
February 24, 2005, did not play a game in a Sixers’ uniform.

The veteran forward missed the entire 2004-05 season with patella femoral
irritation and spent all of this season on the inactive list.

Before injuries and the wear and tear of a long NBA career took their toll,
Mashburn averaged 19.1 points, 5.4 rebounds and four assists per game in 611
career contests with the Dallas Mavericks, Miami Heat and the Hornets.

The fourth overall pick by the Mavericks in the 1993 draft, Mashburn made an
immediate impact and was selected to the All-Rookie team in 1994. Mashburn was
also an All-NBA Third Team selection in 2003 with the Hornets.