Dimitris Diamantidis wants to retire with head held high

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Entering his final months in professional basketball, Panathinaikos legend Dimitris Diamantidis wants to make the most of it and end on a high.

The three-time Euroleague winner and six-time Defensive Player of the Year turned back the clock on Thursday night by recording 15 points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals in Panathinaikos’ 84-79 win over Lokomotiv Kuban, which improved their Top 16 record to 7-4 leaving them in good form to reach the quarter-finals.

The 35-year-old has enjoyed his final season as a professional player, and he intends to relish his final three months of basketball.

Dimitris Diamantidis has averaged 6.7 points and 4.3 assists in his final season in professional basketball with Panathinaikos. Photo: Euroleague Basketball.

“I had announced that I will retire and everyone has been paying attention to only to that,” Diamantidis said. “It’s done. I am happy everytime I play. I play in front of 15.000 people and in two-three months I will not be able to live this experience again. I am glad about it and I am enjoying it until it lasts.

“The only think I would really like is to retire with my head high. Not play for five minutes per game. I would prefer it if we won against Lokomotiv Kuban without getting nervous, but basketball is unpredictable. It is great to play in front of such a crowd. Not many have the chance to live such an experience. I will live it for two-three months.