On August 9, 2018, Mario Wuysang took to Instagram to show his appreciation for the Indonesian basketball community and announce his retirement. The decision concludes one of the most prolific basketball careers in the South East Asia region, spanning over 15 years.
“Success starts in the mind .” I want to thank the four organizations as well as the Indonesian National Team (timnas) that have been a part of my 15 year career as a Pro (Aspac, Satria Muda/Warriors, Garuda and CLS Knights). From the owners, coaches, management and players that I have played for and with. As well as all the relationships I have made through this beautiful game of basketball. I want to thank @cjtanw and @l311 for the opportunity to end my Indonesian Basketball Career with @clsknights. You both have blessed my career in so many ways and I am forever grateful. I want to thank my family, both my kids and my wife @cassidys_light who have been my greatest support system as well as my motivation to succeed. I love yall with all my heart.! ♥️ The game of basketball has given me so many blessings and continues to do so. I was just a kid at 23 years old when I came to indonesia to start my pro career. 15 years later I can say it was all worth it and I truly hope I have helped the game in a positive way in Indonesia. The journey and the memories are something I will cherish forever. I also want to thank all the fans and everyone that has supported me throughout the last 15 years. Your love is appreciated. It has ALWAYS been LOVE! Indonesia Basketball, thank you. I’m out.! 🏀 🙏🏽✌🏽#morethanjustagame
“The decision to retire was a difficult decision but the right [one],” Wuysang shares. “I always wanted to retire on top of my game [and] still playing at a high level. I also believe it’s time for me to be settled at this stage in my life with my family. I’m blessed for an amazing career. Truly blessed.”
“I honestly am enjoying time with my family,” says Wuysang of his post-retirement plans. “Being more focused and settling with my family is something I haven’t been able to do much of the past 15 years. I do believe I will not be to far from the game, although I am open to exploring other avenues of work/career. New challenges always excite me.”
Wuysang’s latest professional basketball stint was with the CLS Knights Indonesia in the ASEAN Basketball League for the 2017-2018 season. At the age of 38-years-old, Wuysang played at the point guard position – a position that has recently been dominated by import players. He shined as one of the brightest local players in the league averaging 12.0 points, 3.9 assists, 3.6 rebounds, and shooting 34.9% from the three-point line. His two last national team appearances ended with Indonesia claiming the silver medal in both the SEABA Championship 2017 and the SEA Games 2017.
The legendary point guard played a total of five seasons in the ASEAN Basketball league. His first four seasons were with Satria Muda/Indonesia Warriors and took a break for three seasons before returning with the CLS Knights. Wuysang’s legacy will be forever stamped as one of the best players in league, holding claims to one championship, three finals appearances, one MVP (Local Player) award, and the fastest to reach 1,000 career points as a local player.
“Playing in the ABL was amazing for me,” Wuysang reflects. “I’ve always said that I wish the ABL was around when I first started my professional career in 2003. It gave me a chance to keep my standards high. It connected me with the international basketball world as well as helped me showcase my abilities at that level.”
Wuysang has an MVP award from the 2010-2011 season when he averaged 10.7 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 4.3 assists, but his fondest memories of his ABL career came one season after that when he and the Indonesia Warriors won the championship.
“That’s definitely something I will cherish and never forget,” Wuysang said back in 2013.
He has always been fond of the bond that that 2012 Indonesia Warriors had and it showed on the court, displayed by the way they played.
“I think the best moment for me was winning an ABL championship in 2012. I loved my team and we were so close on and off the court,” Wuysang recalls once again. “Just a great atmosphere to be around and that is something I will remember forever. I always think back at that memory and smile.”
Throughout all his years in the ABL and in the regional basketball scene, his presence has always been felt. His name comes up anytime the Indonesia national team plays. Whenever previous seasons of the ABL are discussed, Wuysang’s name finds its way into the conversation.
“I think I was able to help put Indonesia on the basketball map in the Asian region by winning a championship and collecting some accolades. I do believe I have helped gather some attention for the country in the sport.” Wuysang says. “I’d be very humbled and grateful to think that I would ever even be remembered as an ABL player. I just hope people remember the good things about me.”
“Remember me as a competitor, a champion, and a guy that always did it his own way.”