Foyle and Golden State part company
August 17, 2007

Foyle and Golden State part company

After ten years with the Golden State Warriors, this country’s first and lone NBA player Adonal Foyle, is making a move.{{more}}

Foyle, last Monday became a free agent after he and his former employers parted company, which reports say was “in the best interest of both parties”.

However, reports further link him with a possible trade to the Orlando Magic.

The Canouan born Foyle, who turned 32 last March, was the Warriors longest tenured player.

The six foot ten inch Foyle in 2004 signed a US$42 million contract which would have extended his stay there until 2010.

Foyle last year in an interview with SEARCHLIGHT at his camp in Bequia hinted to some discomfort with the direction his career was taking with the Warriors.

The centre player said then, “Given the condition of our team and the players set up and what each player can do, I don’t get the opportunity to do that”, he charged.

“I think it’s my job to continue to push the envelope that the totality of my game is displayed on the court”, Foyle projected.

But this seemed to have not worked out for him as he only mustered ten minutes per game from his 48 appearances in the 2006-2007 season. Foyle in the last season averaged a mere 2.2 points and 2.6 rebounds in a season which saw the Warriors making the play offs for the first time since 1994.

Foyle, who holds the Warriors’ all time shot blocker record, leaves them after chalking up 641 games, with an average of 19.06 minutes per game.

Foyle, who became a US citizen last March, was spotted in Dominica in 1990 by two college professors while he was participating in the annual Windward Islands Secondary Schools’ Games. He moved to New York and attended the Hamilton High School where he led the basketball team to their first two state championships, before enrolling with Colgate in 1994. He was the eight pick at the 1997 draft.

Chris Mullins , the Warriors’ Vice President of basketball operations in a statement announcing Foyle’s departure said, “We certainly will miss Adonal’s presence, both on and off the court; Adonal was a true professional in every sense during his decade long tenure with the Warriors. We wish him the best as he begins the next phase of his career”.

Foyle earlier this month concluded a five day basketball camp here, two days on mainland and three in the Grenadines.(RT)