Jess Bibby was a few minutes away from retiring from basketball through injury a decade ago.
But one phone call from Canberra Capitals coach Carrie Graf ensured she will walk away from the game a WNBL legend.
Fittingly Bibby, the league's games record holder, and Graf, the most successful coach in WNBL history, will bid farewell to the Capitals together after Saturday's home clash with Bendigo.
Having dealt with a debilitating back problem for four years, Bibby signed with Canberra with the intent of getting one more season out of her body.
A decade and three Capitals championships later — adding to her two titles with Dandenong — the guard also ends her career as the WNBL's most prolific three-point shooter.
"Early on in my career if you said I'd play the most amount of games ever and be renowned for my longevity, I didn't think would happen," Bibby said.
"I owe a lot to the Rangers [Dandenong] for giving me a start and Graffy for taking a punt on someone who had only played four games in five years.
"I owe her enormously and I told her this week my plan was to only come for one year, to prove to myself I could still do it.
"I missed Graffy's phone call, didn't return it for four days and thought 'I've probably missed my chance'.
"I'm really proud I get to go out with Graffy. Ten years with a Hall of Fame legendary coach is something I'm pretty proud of as well."
Bibby said she would quit all forms of basketball but is keen to play cricket with a Canberra club. Her other passion, Australian football, is another possibility.
"As emotional as Saturday night will be, it probably won't hit me until August when it's time for everyone to head into pre season," Bibby said.
"For the first time in 25 years I won't be playing basketball and as sad as it's going to be, there's relief I can rest the body and move on to other things.
"I had a pretty bad [back] setback earlier in the season, not able to walk for a couple of days and that puts my mind at ease it's definitely time to walk away and do other things."
Two of the major reasons behind Graf's resignation, twins Charli and Bentley, flanked her when she addressed the media on Monday.
After 19 seasons as a WNBL head coach, including 15 years and six championships with Canberra, she's content with her decision.
Graf insisted she has not retired from coaching, but will take a complete break from basketball for at least 12 months to recharge the batteries.
"To clarify I don't see myself retiring from coaching. I'm not renewing with Canberra and will take a decent break from coaching," she said.
"I'm certainly not keen to jump into a full-time coaching role next season by any stretch. My loose plans first and foremost are to spend heaps of time with these guys [kids]. Even if the best coaching job in the world popped up next season, absolutely and categorically I would not do it.
"I feel like I need to be refreshed, watch other people coach and from a different space for a while."
The Capitals will miss the playoffs for a fifth straight year and finally broke through for a first win of the current campaign against Perth on Friday.
"When we were in our prime with the Caps and you get to the stage now where we've struggled for a few seasons, you realise how much work it takes to actually win a championship," Graf said.
"There's many other things I could try my hand at. It's really open in what happens in my career next."
WNBL - FINAL ROUND
Saturday: Canberra Capitals v Bendigo Spirit at AIS Arena, 7pm. Tickets at Ticketek.