Wednesday , Dec , 31 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

PJ Brown Officially Retires

For all those NBA teams – the New Orleans Hornets included – who were hoping for yet another comeback by veteran forward P.J. Brown, there’s no good news in the New Year.

Brown said Wednesday he’s officially retired.

"My career ended June 17," Brown said of the day he became a world champion when the Boston Celtics defeated the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2008 NBA title.

Brown had left a voice message to that effect nearly five months ago, on Aug. 7, but would never use the "R" word.

"I want to tell you that, I wanted to let you know that I’m officially announcing my, uh, I wanted to say I’m leaving the game," was the way Brown put it that day, stopping short of using the words ‘retirement’ or ‘retired.’