PJ Simon hangs Basketball Jersey after being relegated to free-agent list
After 17 long years playing in the PBA, Peter Simon “The Scoring Apostle” officially egressed the Magnolia Hotshots after his planned exit was pushed back due to the pandemic, saying ‘it is the right time’.
The veteran guard announced his final decision of hanging up his sneakers for good, ending a career. Simon played for the Magnolia Hotshots where he earned eight championships.
It was the 2020 Season that Simon opted to have a formal exit following supposedly a jersey retirement ceremony last May 10.
“Handang-handa na ako, nag set ako ng goal na maglalaro ako sa PBA until 40 ako,” said Simon, which turned 40 last June 1.
Unfortunately with major sporting leagues having suspended due to lockdown protocols, Simon was forced to announce his retirement later than expected just as PBA is set to resume its season inside a bubble at the Clark Freeport.
And now, Magnolia will have to sit less of their “Scoring Apostle” for the upcoming season this October.
Simon officially announced that he is stepping away from the league last Wednesday on his Instagram account.
He expressed that it was a sign for him to step back from the field, saying that he had to return to Davao after his father fell ill and eventually died and is much needed for his family as his wife is carrying their child.
The iconic sixth man ended his career with eight All-Star titles and two Mr. Quality Minutes awards.
The 40-year-old veteran becomes the third player to retire subsequent to Kelly Williams of TnT Katropa and fellow free agent Sonny Thoss of Alaska.