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Aaron Gray

Aaron Gray stays upbeat after blood clot forces retirement

With the one-year anniversary of his wedding to his wife, Loredana, approaching and with an infant son he wants to see grow up, Detroit Pistons center Aaron Gray decided to retire after a blood clot was discovered in his heart last summer. Gray, 30, told the Free Press on Friday afternoon that he was walking away from the game he started playing seriously as a ninth-grader to join Stan Van Gundy's staff as an assistant coach to work with Pistons young center Andre Drummond and prospects with the team's Development League affiliate in Grand Rapids, Mich. Gray was upbeat in the 15-minute phone conversation and his voice revealed more excitement than disappointment. "It was...