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Tyrell Terry retires from Basketball; cites Anxiety Issues

Updated: Dec 16, 2022

Tyrell Terry, a 2020 NBA draft pick of the Dallas Mavericks, has announced his retirement from basketball, citing anxiety.

In an Instagram post on Thursday, the 22-year-old Terry called it “the darkest times” of his life while describing the anxiety basketball caused him.

“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,” Terry said in the post.

Terry was drafted by the Mavericks with the 31st overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft out of Stanford. The guard played one year for the Cardinal. He was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman Team in his lone season.

Terry appeared in 11 games for Dallas during his rookie season but was waived in October 2021. Terry then signed with the Memphis Grizzlies and appeared in two games for the team last season before being waived in the offseason.

Recently, Terry appeared in 29 games for the Grizzlies’ G-League affiliate, the Memphis Hustle, and averaged 13.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game.

Terry concluded, “I am eternally grateful to those who have believed in me and apologize to those that I have let down. But I’m headed down a different path now, one that will hopefully lead to happiness and being able to love myself again.”

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