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Chris Dudley retires after 16 years in the NBA

The NBA officially announced the retirement of Chris Dudley after a 16-year NBA career.

Dudley was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 16. He went on to graduate from Yale University and become a professional basketball player.

During his career the 6-foot 11-inch Dudley played centre with the Cleveland Cavaliers, the New Jersey Nets, the Portland Tralblazers, the Phoenix Suns and the New York Knicks.

In 1994 he started the Dudley Foundation:

One of its programs is a basketball camp, located in Vernonia, Oregon, for young people with type 1. The foundational so works to raise funds for diabetes education programs and research.

“I’ve been blessed to spend my career playing a game that I love. The fans and the community have been immensely supportive and it’s now time to move on to the next chapter of my life. Although I will miss playing in the NBA, I’m looking forward to more time with my family,” said Dudley.

Dudley is making his home in Portland with his wife and their three young children. He will continue to work with his foundation to raise awareness for juvenile diabetes, provide educational programs, advocacy and support diabetes research. He will also continue his one-of-a-kind basketball camp.

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