Why did 2020 Mavericks draft pick Tyrell Terry retire from basketball at the age of 22?

Tyrell Terry decided to retire from the game of basketball at the age of 22 but why did he do so?

Tyrell Terry shocked the NBA world by deciding to retire at the age of 22 due to anxiety. The former no. 31 pick at the 2020 NBA Draft posted about this on his personal Instagram account.

Terry spoke greatly about making huge strides in the world of basketball and how he had made several friends along the way.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA – JANUARY 13: Malik Monk #1 of the Charlotte Hornets looks over the court as he is guarded by Tyrell Terry #1 of the Dallas Mavericks during the fourth quarter of their game at Spectrum Center on January 13, 2021 in Charlotte, North Carolina. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared C. Tilton/Getty Images)

However, he brought out some of the “darkest times” in his life due to the game. The former Mavs star also claimed that some of it was destroying him and he would even “question” his own value. 

Terry also spoke about having severe anxiety the “sport” had caused him and added he had fallen out of love with the sport. 

“I’ve also experienced some of the darkest times of my life … to the point where instead of building me up, it began to destroy me. Where I began to despise and question the value of myself, much more that those surrounding me could ever see or know. Intrusive thoughts, waking up nauseous, and finding myself struggling to take normal breaths because of the rock that would sit on my chest that seemed to weigh much more than I could carry. This is just a brief description of the anxiety this sport has caused me, and while I’m grateful for every door it has opened for me, I can’t continue this fight any longer for something I have fallen out of love with.”

Tyrell Terry’s NBA career 

Many on social media came out in support of Terry. Being a sportsperson is difficult as it is with so much attention and scrutiny made around every move taken.

Social media also isn’t kind to any mistakes made, and several fans also decided to take a shot at Terry simply because he was earning big after becoming an NBA player.

Mental health is extremely important and we wish all the best to Terry as he moves on to other things. 

Tyrell played for Stanford college where he averaged 14.6 points per game. He was drafted into the NBA and played just 11 games for the Mavericks in 2020-21.

Tyrell then moved to Memphis and played a couple of games for them in the 2021-22 season. He was on a two-way contract with the Grizzlies but was waived by them on July 2, 2022. 

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