It’s the end of an era in the BBL after ‘Prince’ Charles Smith confirmed he is calling time on his glittering career in the British game.
In a phenomenally successful 14 years, Smith established himself as a legend with Esh Group Eagles Newcastle across three different stints on Tyneside. Largely because of the numbers he put up, his game-changing abilities, incredible 21 winners medals, 11 runners-up places and also his swashbuckling style.
“First and foremost, I would like to thank God for blessing me with the ability to play basketball and the work ethic to turn my ability into a great career that has spanned 20 years and four continents,” said Smith.
“I want to thank my family for all their love and support throughout my career. With that being said, it is time for me to bow out gracefully, as I have decided to end my professional basketball career. I’m not leaving because I can’t do it anymore, I’m leaving because my mind is telling me it’s time, and I’m looking forward to starting the next chapter in my life.
“It has been an honour to meet so many great people and to see so many beautiful places that without basketball wouldn’t have been possible and I feel truly blessed to have had so many great experiences.”
He continued, “The one place that has felt like home from day one has to be the Newcastle Eagles, I would like to take this opportunity to thank Paul Blake, the rest of the Newcastle Eagles organisation and the fans for a fantastic 14 years.
“Over this time, we have grown together both on and off the court. It has been wonderful being part of building a great franchise and helping bring so much success to a club that truly deserves it. I would like to thank them for believing in me as a player, as a person and for treating me as part of the family from the start.
“Finally, I want to wish everyone at the Newcastle Eagles continued success for many seasons to come. Thank you for making so many of my dreams a reality!’