Two-time PBA champ Michael Burtscher retires from basketball

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Mike Burtscher decided to finally hang up his sneakers last Tuesday. Photo: @mike_burtscher (Instagram)
By Jeckloy Acosta

MANILA--Former PBA big man Michael Burtscher called it a career on Tuesday.

After hinting his retirement last September via his social media accounts, Burtscher confirmed his retirement on basketball in an interview.

The 31-year-old stretch forward has played for five seasons in the league; he enjoyed short stints with Alaska, B-Meg and Mahindra. He roughly averaged three points per game in his whole career.

He spent the 2014-15 PBA season with the Mahindra Enforcers where he garnered his highest average in his career. He only played a total of 11 games in all of that season, averaging just 2.5 points and 1.7 rebounds before an injury forced him to miss the rest of Mahindra’s first year in the PBA and eventually having a buyout with the team and having an issue of unpaid salary.

The former rebounding demon was happy with the current situation of Mahindra.

"I am so happy to see what Chris Gavina did with the team. I knew him before he was a coach and he is a pure example of hard work and determination," he said

It was reported a while ago that he was enjoying his time as a photographer and an indigenous people advocate.

Although he hadn't stayed for the league for so long, Burtscher will be remembered as that unknown guy from Europe who eventually became one of the most relentless rebounders and hustle players in his prime.

Burtscher ended his career with two PBA rings and an ABL championship.

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