Veteran NBA point guard Aaron Brooks, who had been playing for the Illawarra Hawks in Australia this season, confirmed on Instagram today that he has suffered a torn Achilles tendon. While he didn’t come right out and announce his retirement, Brooks strongly suggested he’s ready to call it a career.
“I’ve enjoyed my time being a Hawk… I’ve enjoyed all the years I’ve put towards this game,” the 34-year-old wrote. “I gave it my all and that’s all I could ever ask for… #SuperBlessed and this is just the beginning of my 2nd phase of life.”
A first-round pick in the 2007 NBA draft, Brooks appeared in a total of 645 regular season contests for the Rockets, Suns, Kings, Nuggets, Bulls, Pacers, and Timberwolves, plus another 40 postseason games. The former Oregon standout last suited up in the NBA for Minnesota during the 2017/18 season before heading to Australia’s National Basketball League this season.
Brooks’ most memorable NBA seasons came during his time in Houston early in his professional career. In 2009/10, he was named the league’s Most Improved Player after posting career highs of 19.6 PPG and 5.3 APG in 82 games (35.6 MPG) for the Rockets.