HoopsHype Jorge Garbajosa rumors
Former world champion Jorge Garbajosa of Unicaja announced on Wednesday that is retiring as a player at age 34. Garbajosa played for four different Euroleague teams in a 17-year career: Tau Ceramica, Benetton Treviso, Unicaja and Real Madrid, as well as Khimki Moscow Region in the Eurocup and Toronto in the NBA. Garbajosa reached the Euroleague title game in 2003 with Benetton, the same year that he was named to the All-Euroleague First Team. He was subsequently a second-team selection with Unicaja in 2006, just before he won the World Championships as a member of the Spanish national team. Euroleague.net
Can’t think of a better guy – forget player, just a guy – that I’ve had a chance to write about. Sure, he was excellent on the floor, played hard, played smart, could make a shot when you needed it, but off the court, he was cool. Two good ones: It’s his rookie year, he wins NBA rookie of the month (the same day he’d won Mr. Europa or something like that) he’s walking out of the interview room after a shootaround. I get up beside him as he’s going to the locker room, suggest he should be pretty proud and looks at me and says: “If I am rookie of the month, this league is blanked” Classic. Toronto Star
As reported by La Opinion de Malaga, Jorge Garbajosa will soon announce his retire. The Spanish forward is deciding during these days his future and the retirement is the most reliable option. Sportando
Unicaja Malaga would love to keep him and add to the next coaching staff with Jasmin Repesa who will likely be the new head coach. While the Spanish Federation is waiting for his official announcement before offering a contract as manager in the FEB. Sportando
Of course, I had to walk in to intercept the one guy I know as he wandered through the lobby and I can dutifully report Garbo is doing well. Had a nice little chat for a few minutes, no real “news” but just catching up and, yes, he and his teammates were disappointed about the way they played against France the other night but, yes, they still feel pretty confident. The think about running into Garbo somewhere in the world – the last time it happened for me was in Beijing – is that he seems genuinely happy to see a familiar face. It’s been two years, but he was asking about family and guys back in Toronto (hi, Ray Chow!) and got to reminiscing about all kinds of things. Toronto Star
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