After eight years as the player-coach of the Glasgow Rocks, Sterling Davis made the decision during the summer to retire from playing and concentrate solely on the coaching side of the game.
It’s a decision that he hasn’t regretted.
“I realised how difficult it was becoming for me to be able to manage both coaching and playing,” said Davis, who turned 38 in October.
“My body wasn’t in bad shape and I can say I walked away healthy when I did it. But at the stage I was at in my career, to be able to juggle both was becoming more of a challenge for me.”
He continued “I still enjoyed playing basketball and felt I probably could have played a couple more years, but the mental struggles of both playing and coaching made my decision easier.
“It did take some consideration but it wasn’t that big of a ponder for me, because I knew I was coming to this stage of my life anyway.
“I feel I have been blessed to have played professionally for fourteen or fifteen years and I was able to put my time in with minimal injuries during that time.”
Once Davis made his mind up to concentrate solely on the coaching side, there was no going back. He still works out and tries to keep in shape, but says that is more out of routine than anything else.
Some have wondered if Davis would ever return to playing if the team was short-handed, but the Rocks’ boss has closed the door on that ever happening.
“I haven’t played basketball since I retired,” he said.
“The new guys I have this year have never seen me play in person.
“As much as I enjoyed competing, the separation of player and coach was difficult to establish, but it’s easier now that my job now is on the side-line.
“I feel I walked away [from playing] at the right time and I don’t have these little thoughts in my head telling me I need to get back out there.”
He added, “I’m not registered [to play] and I don’t want to get registered.
“In my opinion, when someone walks away, there’s nothing worse than coming back, because it’s never the same.
“When it’s time to go, you walk away from it and that’s it.
“That’s been my mind-set since I retired and I’m ok with that.”