Newcastle Eagles guard Drew Lasker has announced his retirement from professional basketball .

In a statement posted on Twitter, the American said he leaves the sport “with a humble and grateful heart,” following 16 years as a professional and nine on Tyneside in which he earned ten major trophies.

“I knew that basketball was in my DNA, it is a primary part of my life’s purpose, and it is what God created me to do,” he said.

“And because I embraced that knowing, basketball embraced me. Basketball opened doors for me, developed me, shaped me, and sustained me for over 3 decades.  And for that I say, thank you, basketball.”

Lasker is set to take an unspecified role with Newcastle.


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