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Kelly Williams retires from PBA after 14 seasons

Kelly Williams is retiring from the PBA after 14 seasons, he announced on Facebook on Monday.

"It's with gladness & sadness that I announce my retirement from basketball. I could not have predicted that I'd have the kind of career I was able to experience," said Williams. "Thank you Philippines for giving me solid ground to grow as both a player & a man for the last 15 years."

Williams, who has career averages of 10.4 points 7.5 rebounds, and 1.3 assists, was selected as the top overall pick in the 2006 PBA Draft by the Sta. Lucia Realtors. During his time with the franchise, he won a Best Player of the Conference plum and was named MVP in 2008, the same year Sta. Lucia won a championship.

After dealing with health issues, he was traded in 2010 to the TNT franchise where he won five more championships.

Williams has five PBA All-Star selections, three PBA Mythical First Team and four Mythical Second Team selections, and one All-Defensive Team nod to his name. He won Rookie of the Year honors in 2007 and was twice hailed as the PBA Comeback Player of the Year by the PBA Press Corps in 2010 and 2017. He also won the PBA Slam Dunk Contest in 2008 and 2011.

Williams also represented the Philippines in multiple international competitions.

"To [basketball], thank you for being a safe haven to a young lost kid & bringing meaning to my life EVERY YEAR since 1991. Forever grateful," Williams said.

"I turn the final page of this chapter, staring into the unknown, & I fear not. I did the best I could with what I had, now I can lay my career to rest with peace in my heart. Now I can be nearer to my sons. The Machine Gun signing off. 21 gun salute."