Joe Devance announces PBA retirement after 16 championship-filled seasons

Just days before the PBA opens its 47th season, one of its grizzled veterans has decided to hang up his jersey.

Joe Devance on Wednesday announced his decision to retire from the league after 16 colorful seasons which netted him 12 championships, all with Brgy. Ginebra head coach Tim Cone.

The 40-year old Fil-Am, who played college ball for the University of Texas at El Paso in Texas, took to Instagram to officially call it a career.

“I have mixed feelings about this post. I have spent 30 years playing basketball and the past 16 years playing professional basketball in the PBA,” wrote the former Alaska and Magnolia big man.

“I have made and built so many relationships within that time that will remain in my memories for a lifetime. All the battles That I went through with all of my brothers in my career have led me to this time. I’m sad to say that now is the time to call it a career,” he added.

Devance broke into the league as a member of Welcoat, now Rain or Shine Elasto Painters, in 2007. The Dragons selected him top overall in that year’s rookie draft.

His stay with the Raymond Yu and Terry Que-owned franchise, however, would only last one season as he was dealt to Alaska the following year in exchange for Sol Mercado.

The 6-foot-7 lefty would pick up 2 championships with the Aces before reuniting with Cone at B-MEG, now Magnolia. There, Devance would add 4 more titles to his collection including a Grand Slam in 2014.

After Cone transferred to the Gin Kings in 2016, Devance followed suit and the partnership resulted in 6 more championships including back-to-back Governors’ Cup titles in 2019 and 2021.

Below is the rest of Devance’s retirement message.

“I gave the game of basketball my body mind and soul everything I had. Now is the time to focus on my kids and family. I want to thank all of the teams that I was a part of for believing in me. I want to thank all the coaches that helped guide me throughout my career. Want to thank my family for being so understanding and letting me do what I need to do to win. Most importantly I want to thank the wonderful fans of my beautiful country. Thank you for all of your support for all of the great times we had winning these championships! You guys are the best fans in the world and I please beg for you guys to still support the PBA. I came into the PBA unsure of myself not knowing if i will be able to make it and now leaving the PBA with 12 championships! I have said it before and Ill say it again I amd BLESSED!!! Please treat people kindly and care for one another. Thank you guys and Ill always be here for you guys. Love you guys. YOU INGAT SO MUCH HAAAAAAA.”

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