Rafer Alston Left Heat to Be With Suicidal Twin Sister
"I've never been a quitter, and I still want to go back and tell them face-to-face. But after I had a little time to think about the fact that I wouldn't be playing anymore, I felt the best thing was for me to be with my loved one. I just knew if I'd gotten on the phone and they said the wrong thing, voices would've been raised. I know myself. It would get bad," says Alston, who admitted he might have handled the situation with the Heat badly.
"I'll be 34 in July. If I can come back and play one more season, that would be great. But if not, I'm still happy with my decision. I played 11 years and had a solid career. Maybe I didn't leave Miami the right way. But I left for the right reason."
The only contact he had with the team to explain his absence was a vague text message to a trainer explaining he was going to go back to be with his family.