Spurs coaching job awaits retiring Sean Marks

19:58, Dec 18 2011
Sean Marks
HORNETS' NEST: Kiwi basketball star Sean Marks in action for the New Orleans Hornets.

New Zealand's most successful basketball export Sean Marks has announced the end of his playing career after eleven seasons and 230 games in the NBA.

The 36-year-old was the first Kiwi to play in the American competition, considered the sport's toughest league, and it included stints for six different teams and a title with the San Antonio Spurs in 2005. 

He will now take up an off-court role with the Spurs.

He says his body and the NBA lockout were both factors in his decision to call time on his playing days.

The Auckland-born, Rangitoto College old boy also represented the Tall Blacks at the 2000 and 2004 Olympics, and was an integrat part of the New Zealand side that finished fourth in the 2002 Basketball World Championship.

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