Warriors' David West announces retirement

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Warrior's Power Forward David West has announced his retirement after playing 15 seasons in the NBA, and the previous two seasons with the Warriors. 

The NBA veteran had been considering retirement and had previously said he would see how his body feels before deciding. 

In a statement West, 38, said, "I have been fortunate enough to live out my childhood dream of playing in the NBA. After 15 seasons I have decided to retire from the game of basketball. I am humbled and thankful for the support of my family, friends, coaches, teammates, organizations and fans throughout this experience. To anyone who has ever cheered me on., been in my corner, prayed or simply said a nice word on my behalf, I am grateful. Belief in yourself is non-negotiable. Cheers!"

According to the Bleacher Report, West, a New Jersey native, was a first-round pick by the New Orleans Hornets in 2003 after playing at Xavier from 1999 to 2003. He stayed with the Hornets for eight seasons before joining the Indiana Pacers and San Antonio Spurs. 

The West family has worked to support charities within the Oakland community. 

David West's wife Leslie started a prom dress giveaway for teen girls in the Oakland school district. Her effort was supported by  the Warriors basketball team, the Oakland Unified School District and the Oakland Public Education Fund, a non-profit group that supports schools. 

It's unclear if the West family plans to stay in Oakland.