Ex-NBA player Tyrell Terry retires from basketball at just 22 years old and reveals he struggled with anxiety and experienced the “darkest times of his life” while playing professionally
Former NBA second-round draft pick Tyrell Terry has announced his retirement from the league at just 22 years old due to mental health issues.
Terry was taken 31st overall in the 2020 NBA Draft by the Dallas Mavericks and had a brief stint in Memphis before being assigned to their G-League affiliate and ultimately cut this offseason.
Despite not having played in the NBA for nearly a year, Terry announced his retirement on Instagram on Thursday.
“This message is a very difficult one to share and an emotional one to write,” Terry began in a lengthy Instagram post.
Tyrell Terry took to Instagram Thursday afternoon to announce his retirement from the NBA
The 2020 Draft No. 31 shared an emotional statement, citing anxiety about his retirement
“Today I decided to let go of the game that has been a big part of my identity. Something that has guided my path since I took my first steps. While I have achieved amazing achievements, created unforgettable memories and made lifelong friends… I have also experienced the darkest times of my life.
“To the point where instead of building me up, it started to tear me down. Where I began to despise and question the value of myself, much more than those around me could ever see or know.
“Intrusive thoughts, I wake up nauseous and struggle to breathe normally because of the rock that sat on my chest and seemed to weigh more than I could carry.
The 22-year-old in action for the Grizzlies against the San Antonio Spurs in December 2021
“This is just a short description of the anguish this sport has caused me, and while I am grateful for every door it has opened for me, I cannot continue this fight any longer for something I have fallen in love with.
“To most people, I will forever be known as a bust, a failure or a waste of talent. While they may be true when it comes to basketball, it’s the biggest failures in life that lead to the biggest successes.
“There is more to me out there in this vast world and I am extremely excited to be able to explore it. And for the first time being able to find my identity outside of being a basketball player.
Terry played for the Memphis G-League team, The Hustle, during his career in Tennessee
“I am eternally grateful to those who have believed in me and apologize to those I have let down. But I’m heading down a different path now, one that will hopefully lead to happiness and being able to love myself again. Best regards, Ty.
Terry’s final game in the league came on December 31, 2021 during six seconds in the Grizzlies’ 118-105 win over the San Antonio Spurs.
Throughout his 31-game NBA career, he averaged 14.6 points and shot over 40 percent from the three-point arc. He was drafted by Dallas after a single season at the Pac 12 school, Stanford earned an All-Pac 12 honorable mention.