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'Fireball #2 Signing off!' Josh Urbiztondo retires from basketball

by Niel Victor Masoy, April 05, 2019 6:42pm

Josh Urbiztondo has decided to retire from professional basketball.

The 'Fireball' announced his decision in an Instagram post on Thursday.

"After a long-thought decision and discussing with my wife, I have finally decided to hang 'em up and retire from basketball," Urbiztondo, who also thanked everyone who supported him in his basketball journey, wrote. 

The 36-year old Filipino-American point guard said that he can still play hoops, but insisted he has to hang his sneakers for good to take care of his family back in the United States.

"I know I have a couple more years left in my tank but those of you who have kids and a family know that sacrifices must be made for them... so moving back to the States is essential for my family at this moment and I am excited for our next chapter in life!

"God is good all the time! Fireball #2 Signing off!"

Despite being undrafted back in 2009, Urbiztondo was still able to showcase his talents in the PBA as the Sta. Lucia Realtors took a chance on him and signed him up to a contract.

The six foot guard then moved to the Air21 Express and to the B-Meg Llamados - the team he won a championship with back in the 2012 Commissioner's Cup. 

Urbiztondo went on to play for the Barako Bull Energy, Barangay Ginebra Kings, Phoenix Fuel Masters, and the GlobalPort Batang Pier in his remaining years in the league.

Afterward, he moved to the ASEAN Basketball League to play for the Singapore Slingers. Urbiztondo then joined and helped the San Miguel Alab Pilipinas to clinch the championship last season.

Unfortunately for Urbiztondo and Alab, their title defense bid was cut short as they got swept by the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions in the quarterfinals last Wednesday, April 3.

Urbiztondo averaged 5.4 points, 3.0 rebounds, and 2.4 assists in 16.3 minutes off the bench for Alab this season.

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