Who is Tyrell Terry: Why did the Dallas Mavericks star retire at the age of 22?


Who is Tyrell Terry: Why did the Dallas Mavericks star retire at the age of 22?

Tyrell Terry

Tyrell Terry had a standout freshman year at Stanford, which helped the Dallas Mavericks choose him as the 31st overall choice in the 2020 NBA Draft. In 31 games, he scored 14.6 points on average and shot over 40% from beyond the arc on 4.9 tries per game. But he had a sluggish start to his professional career, appearing in just 11 games for the Mavs, soon he was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies and after playing in only 2 games for the franchise he was waived off by the team.

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On Thursday the 22-year-old announced his retirement via Instagram. He shared a carousel of photos of himself playing basketball throughout the years, from his youth to his time in the NBA. He concluded by showing a picture of a person standing beneath a red balloon. The 22-year-old guard gave “the darkest days of my life” and “the worry this sport has caused me” as the reasons behind his decision his caption.

His post read, “This message is a very difficult one to share and an emotional one to write. Today I decided to let go of the game that has formed a large part of my identity. Something that has guided my path since I took my first steps. While I have achieved amazing accomplishments, created unforgettable memories, and made lifelong friends…I’ve also experienced the darkest times of my life. To the point where instead of building me up, it began to destroy me. “

Tyrell Terry continued, “Where I began to despise and question the value of myself, much more than those surrounding me could ever see or know. Intrusive thoughts, waking up nauseous and finding myself struggling to take normal breaths because of the rock that would sit on my chest that seemed to weigh more than I could carry. This is just a brief description of the anxiety this sport has caused me, and while I’m grateful for every door it has opened for me, I can’t continue this fight any longer for something I have fallen out of love with…”

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Tyrell Terry’s case and mental health in the NBA

Tyrell Terry
Tyrell Terry

As a talented shooter out of Stanford, Tyrell Terry played in 11 games as a rookie for the Dallas Mavericks in 2020–21 before taking a lengthy leave of absence for personal reasons. Before taking another personal trip early in the 2021 preseason, he joined the team for a brief period of time. He spent time with their G League club and participated in two games for the Memphis Memphis Grizzlies after the Mavericks dismissed him in October 2021. Terry had not signed with a team this NBA season.

When DeMar DeRozan tweeted, “This depression get the better of me,” the league became even more open about mental health in 2018. The star of the Cleveland Cavaliers, Kevin Love, was inspired by the interview to pen the Players Tribune essay “Everyone Is Going Through Something.

DeRozan and Love started a conversation that has continued since then, and a few months later, the NBPA introduced a brand-new mental health and wellness program.

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