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Joe Ingles considered retiring if necessary for family’s safety, now set to continue with Jazz

Jazz forward Joe Ingles with son Jacob

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 24: Joe Ingles of the Boomers and son Jacob are seen during game two of the International Basketball series between the Australian Boomers and United States of America at Marvel Stadium on August 24, 2019 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Daniel Pockett/Getty Images)

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The Jazz have been more disrupted than any NBA team during the coronavirus pandemic.

Jazz stars Rudy Gobert and Donovan Mitchell both tested positive, making worldwide news and deepening a rift between them. Bojan Bogdanovic underwent season-ending surgery. Some team employees got laid off. Now, Utah must mourn legendary coach Jerry Sloan in a time of social distancing.

At least Utah will keep Joe Ingles, who apparently at least considered retiring.

Peter Mitchell of the Australian Associated Press:

Ingles, a key member of the Utah Jazz who sit in fourth place in the Western Conference, has said he is prepared to “walk away, fly to Australia and never play another game in my life and be very content with it” to protect his family from the virus.

His wife, Australian netball great Renae Ingles, is expecting their third child and four-year-old son Jacob has autism and a weakened immune system.


Ingles almost surely wasn’t alone in contemplating retirement. Coronavirus has shaken the entire world and led to some drastic thoughts.

But Ingles even voicing the consideration is notable. I haven’t seen any other NBA players else do that.

Ingles is due $23,900,001 the next two seasons. That money could help his family, too. NBA careers are short, and the 32-year-old Ingles will likely never earn that type of salary again.

Players generally trust NBA commissioner Adam Silver, who appears to be proceeding toward resuming games. There’s probably a safe way of playing, and I believe Silver is well-intentioned in finding it.

Yet, conditions safe for most players won’t necessarily be safe for everyone. Each person who’d be involved in an NBA game must make an individual decision.

It sounds like Ingles has made his.