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Old 03-27-2012, 10:01 AM   #1
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Default Jeff Foster retires from basketball

Jeff Foster, who played his entire 13-year career with the Indiana Pacers, officially retired. It was a move that was announced last week after he learned that he’d need back surgery. Only 24 players in NBA history have played their entire career with one team and lasted 13 years. Most of them are in the Hall of Fame. Foster’s current peers in that category -- Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan, Paul Pierce and Dirk Nowitzki -- will be going to Springfield. So was the man who sat next to him as he said farewell at a news conference, Pacers president Larry Bird, who spent 13 years with the Boston Celtics before having his career cut short with back injuries. “Playing for one organization is great, it’s something he’ll remember for the rest of his life,” Bird said. ESPN.com

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