PBA: 'Man Mountain' Ali Peek retires
MANILA, Philippines – The "Man Mountain" has decided to hang his sneakers.
Talk 'N Text veteran big man Ali Peek announces on Twitter that he is officially retiring from the Philippine Basketball Association (PBA).
2day I retire from professional basketball. I thank my family, loved ones, friends, team, coaches, management, and God:) what a ride!— ali peek (@mtnpeek) February 26, 2014
The nearly 6-foot-4 center also thanked all the PBA fans that supported him throughout his 16-year career.
Peek was the 3rd overall pick by Pop Cola in the 1998 PBA Draft. He was a solid force in the paint for all 4 teams he played for in the league (Pop Cola, Alaska, Coca-Cola, and Talk'N Text). His best statistical season was in 2001 when he averaged a double-double - 19.04 points and 10.98 rebounds with 1.26 blocks as Alaska's main man in the middle.
He is currently the 4th all-time leading offensive rebounder hauling down 2,010 offensive boards and is top ten in the total rebounds category grabbing a total of 5,158 rebounds in his career, according to pba-online.net.
In 2011, Peek was shot in the neck at a sports center in Mandaluyong City. The attack nearly claimed Peek's life. His assailant was arrested in December 2012.
Talk 'N Text steady inside force
In the 2007-2008 season, Talk 'N Text made a surprise deal acquiring Peek from Coca-Cola in exchange for 2003 league Most Valuable Player (MVP) Asi Taulava. Peek eventually proved to be a solid acquisition helping the Texters in its multi-title run including a three-peat in the All-Filipino Conference.
Peek played 9 games in the PBA 2014 Philippine Cup. He was moved to the inactive roster due to an injury but also to clear a spot for 1998 Rookie of the Year Danny Seigle, who the team acquired through free-agency. – Rappler.com