Darren Collison shocked the world last summer when he decided to step away from the NBA in favor of pursuing a life as a Jehovah’s Witness. He abruptly retired from the league and we haven’t heard much from him since.
Recently, however, rumors have indicated he is considering a return to the league, with the Clippers and Lakers listed as the likeliest teams to sign the veteran point guard.
Unfortunately, it seems Collison’s return will not be coming any time soon. As he told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, his basketball days are over.
“While I still love basketball, I know there is something more important, which is my family and my faith,” Collison said. “I am one of the Jehovah’s Witnesses and my faith means everything to me.
“I receive so much joy from volunteering to help others and participate in a worldwide ministry. The joy I feel is unmatched.”
Jehovah’s Witnesses dedicate most of their time to hands-on ministry, going door-to-door, and working in various outreach organizations. There is no time for basketball in that lifestyle, and it seems Collison has chosen his path.
Before his retirement in 2019, he was averaging 11.2 points, 3.1 rebounds, and 6 assists per game on 46% shooting. It seems that was the last we’ll ever see of Collison on the court.