Former Hornet Peja Stojakovic Retires
Former New Orleans Hornets small forward Peja Stojakovic announced his retirement today after 13 illustrious seasons in the NBA. Stojakovic, a three-time All-Star, finishes his career as 4th all-time with 1,740 career 3 pointers.
Stojakovic spent 5 seasons with the Hornets, and was a member of the franchise-record 56 win team in 2008. Last year, he won his first NBA championship as a member of the Dallas Mavericks.
NBA commissioner David Stern released a statement regarding Stojakovic’s retirement: “Peja will go down as one of the great shooters in the history of the NBA. His success was the result of a tireless work ethic and an unquenchable desire to be the best at what he did. Peja’s legacy, however, goes way beyond his 3-point skills and that elusive Finals title he won last season with the Dallas Mavericks. Peja was part of the wave of international stars that helped introduce the world to the NBA game and inspired thousands of fans to begin playing the sport of basketball.”
My favorite memory of Peja was his red-hot start to a game back in November of 2006. The Hornets were playing the Charlotte Bobcats, and Stojakovic scored the first 20 points for his team. He’s the only player in NBA history to accomplish such a feat.