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Old 06-14-2011, 01:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Jorge Garbajosa, one of the greatest Spaniards ever to play basketball, has retired from the national team.
The 33-year-old power forward played for Spain for more than a decade, with the Sydney Olympics his first major senior team tournament.
Among the many highlights of his career were gold-medal wins at the 2006 FIBA World Championship and EuroBasket 2009.
Garbajosa announced his decision at a Spanish Basketball Federation press conference in Madrid early Tuesday afternoon.
"This is the day that I never wanted to experience," he said.
"I want to thank the coaches, the players, and especially (Spanish Basketball Federation, FEB, president Jose Luis) Saez. To all the media for your treatment, to my wife, my family, my friends that I have denied many summers to them and they have not minded, on the contrary they have supported me.
"Itīs a very hard day. Itīs what I must do. I retire from the national team but not from the FEB. I will continue in basketball."
Garbajosa has not had the easiest of years.
After suffering the disappointment of a sixth-place finish at last year's FIBA World Championship in Turkey, he returned for his second year at Real Madrid in the hope of winning titles but was instead put on the transfer list in the middle of the season by former coach Ettore Messina.
Garbajosa later joined his old club, Unicaja Malaga.
While there are countless games that his fans and teammates will remember in which Garbajosa provided clutch shots and came up with important rebounds, including a game-high 20 points in the gold-medal game win over Greece five years ago at the World Championship, his signature moment came off the court in 2007.
Told not to play at the EuroBasket in Spain by his NBA club, the Toronto Raptors, Garbajosa dug in his heels and with the help of the FEB got the insurance he needed to be able to suit up and help Spain capture the silver medal.
Garbajosa's absence means that Spain will be without one of their most important players in Lithuania when they try to defend the EuroBasket gold medal they won in Poland two years ago.
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Old 06-14-2011, 02:14 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Always like him...so sad the way things turned out. Best player to wear #15 in a Raps uni of the two men that wore it(no disrespect to Amir).
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Old 06-14-2011, 02:27 PM   #3 (permalink)
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''one of the greatest Spaniards ever to play basketball''
That sounds a lil too big...
I actually surprised he received so many minutes in the NBA, and as a rookie. I mean Jorge is so non-athletic and not ripped. Nothing like NBA player.
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Old 06-14-2011, 02:30 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Always like him...so sad the way things turned out. Best player to wear #15 in a Raps uni of the two men that wore it(no disrespect to Amir).
wince Carter wore it too
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One of my favourite Raps ever....dude, had gigantic balls.
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Old 06-14-2011, 02:32 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Greatest Raptor? I loved Garbo but come on..
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Old 06-14-2011, 02:33 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Greatest Raptor? I loved Garbo but come on..
It's hyperbole Jeff....
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Old 06-14-2011, 02:37 PM   #8 (permalink)
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the thing i will always respect most about him is immediately after turning his leg in that game against boston, he had the mind to turn around to the Raptors bench on the other side of the floor and call for help before screaming out in pain. balls of steel.
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wince Carter wore it too
he said 'men', not 'boys'...
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Comparing Garbo to Vince is ridiculous. Carter was a beast in Toronto until the last little bit.
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One of my favourite Raps ever....dude, had gigantic balls.
That's what gets ya, huh Benzo? I know a dude you might like then.
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That's what gets ya, huh Benzo? I know a dude you might like then.
My basketball players.....Basketball Players....lol
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he said 'men', not 'boys'...
Correct, I said men...but I meant not women.
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Good ol Garbo.. at least he knows they're not going to win any time soon.
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He's one of my greatest disappointments as a Raps fan. I really hoped he'd have an impact but that injury fucked everything up.
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One of my favourite players ever, one of the smartest I have seen too. Reason I became a Raptors fan, reason Im here. He should become a coach.

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Old 06-14-2011, 09:06 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I think Garbojosa might be my favourite player all time.

It was a shame that Al Jefferson snapped his leg. I honestly think the Raptors could have been special with that roster plus Garbo. He was kind of that small forward that we needed that can do the dirty work.
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