Dooling confirms retirement, no interest in Heat
MIAMI — So much for Keyon Dooling wanting to join the Miami Heat.
The Orlando Sentinel reported Saturday that, word was, the point guard — waived by Boston on Friday with the belief he would retire — had interest in the Heat. But the native of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., denied that.
"No truth!'' Dooling wrote in an email to FOX Sports Florida. "I will never play NBA ball again.''
After he was waived by the Celtics, Dooling's agent, Kenge Stevenson, had issued a statement announcing his client would retire.
"Keyon has decided that he has given the NBA 12 good years and that it's time to pursue other interests and spend more time with his family," the statement read. "He will never forget his time with the Boston Celtics."
Dooling, 32, confirmed his retirement in his email Saturday. In another email, Dooling wrote he didn't want to elaborate on his plans after basketball, writing only it's "family time.''
It seems unlikely the Celtics would have waived Dooling had there been any chance he would join the rival Heat.
Dooling averaged 7.9 points and 2.2 assists in his 12 NBA seasons with the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami, Orlando, New Jersey, Milwaukee and Boston. He averaged 5.2 points and 1.8 points in 2004-05 with the Heat.
But Dooling won't be making a return engagement with his home-area team.
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