Former Indiana Pacers point guard Darren Collison returns to the NBA after abrupt retirement

Indiana Pacers, Darren Collison (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)
Indiana Pacers, Darren Collison (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images) /

The NBA’s COVID-19 outbreak has prompted teams to dive deep into the free agency market. That’s why it’s far from surprising that veterans who have been out of the league for quite some time have made intermittent, yet noteworthy comebacks. Even former Indiana Pacers players like Lance Stephenson in Atlanta and CJ Miles in Boston have resumed gracing the NBA hardwood.

As a follow-up, another former Pacer has made it back to the NBA: Darren Collison. Collison, an 11-year veteran, had two prior stints in Indiana, being part of successful playoff runs over the course of his career in the Blue and Gold from 2010 to 2012, and then from 2017 to 2019. He appeared in 284 games for the Blue and Gold, starting in 275, holding averages of 11.9 points and 5.3 assists per game during that span.

Now, two full seasons away from the NBA after abruptly retiring at the end of the 2018-19 season for religious reasons, Collison has a chance to make a good impression and hopefully make it back to the league in full capacity.

Former Indiana Pacers point guard Darren Collison adds to the list of former Pacers making their NBA comebacks

Collison was recently penned to a 10-day deal by the Los Angeles Lakers, which have not only struggled with a 16-18 record, but also have dealt with a series of players entering health and safety protocols.

The heady point guard made his debut for the Lakers on Christmas against the Brooklyn Nets, and expectedly appeared rusty in his first foray back on the hardwood, only managing to corral two boards in 12 minutes without registering a point or a dime.

Nevertheless, it’s nice seeing Collison get back to playing in the league. After flirting with a roster spot in the last two seasons, ultimately to no avail, he should have a good shot at showing that he still has something left in the tank.

Fortunately for him, his play style has always revolved around his on-court smarts and perimeter shooting, which should age well as he seeks a more permanent home in the NBA moving forward.

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