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Retired only: European basketball faces a summer full of farewells Israel today


The legendary Luis Scola, who hung up his shoes at the age of 41, continues this summer's celibacy festival • From Felipe Rice to Vasilis Spanoulis, European basketball parted ways with more than 2,000 Euroleague appearances and 11 factory wins

An intriguing question has been preoccupying European basketball in recent days - will Pau Gasol and Jesse Carroll announce their retirement?

Should the two icons decide to end their basketball season, then a retired summer 2021 will get another big boost.

Gasol returned to Barcelona during the previous season, and in the summer V marked his big goal - participation in the Olympics.

He is currently resting at home and has to decide whether at the age of 41 his glorious career will end, or he will continue at the Spanish luxury club.

Carroll is considered one of the greatest scenes in European basketball, and Real Madrid reserves a place in the squad.

After a decade at Blancos, the 38-year-old has to decide whether to stay in the United States - where he set up a farm - or return to punching nets outside the arc for another season.


Not yet made a decision, Getty Images

Even if the two continue to play (the chances of that are small from day to day), this summer can be defined as a peak period of celibacy.

On Tuesday, the Italian Varese announced that Luis Scola, who played for her last season, will serve as the team's general manager, and yesterday the 41-year-old Argentine retired and ended a wonderful career.

In the summer, Skola fulfilled his great ambition to participate for the fifth time in the Olympic Games, where he played his last game.

He has won an Olympic gold and a bronze medal in his career and twice a silver medal at the World Championships.

In his resume he played 10 years in the NBA, and finished his career in Italy.

First in Milan, in the media he returned to the Euroleague, and in his last season at Varese he scored 18 points per game.

This summer, players ended their careers with a combined number of over 2,000 Euroleague games and 11 joint major title wins in Europe, in addition to an unimaginable number of appearances in the various national teams.


Greek legend, EPI

The great Greek wave

Vasilis Spanoulis for example, who retired at the age of 38 after 15 Euroleague seasons that started with Panathinaikos and infinite shooting, passing and basket clutch records, and ended up being the great symbol of Olympiacos.

The phenomenon of celibacy in Greece is the most dominant.

Apart from Spanoulis, a few other players with a glorious resume have retired, ones who have also served the team.

Nikos Zisis and Ioannis Borussis with 33 joint seasons in the Euroleague, Costas Kaimkoglou - European champion with Panathinaikos in 2011 and Stratos Perperoglou, three-time European champion (played for Hapoel Jerusalem) who finished his career at the age of 36. Add to them Lithuanian Jonas Masulis AAC Athens.

Another big name that will not be seen on the floor from next season is Filipa Rice, the Real Madrid sergeant who played for the club since 2004 and was one of the most prominent chins in the Euroleague.

He was joined by the retirees of Fernando San Amtrio at the age of 37 after many years in Valencia, and 40-year-old Carlos Cubsas, who won a farewell game from Malaga where he previously played nine seasons.


Surrender to injuries, Alan Schieber

A great player also joined the list in Israel - Omri Caspi, who at the age of 33 succumbed to injuries, while Bobby Dixon, who provided great years in Turkey as a citizen (including in the national team), parted ways with Fenerbahce last week and may retire at the age of 38.

Although he started with a storm and his career continued with complete mediocrity, 15,000 spectators came last week to the farewell game of Nowica and Lichkovic in Belgrade.

In Latvia, too, they parted ways with a symbol - Yannis Blooms.

In South America, they said goodbye to the Brazilian Alex Garcia (ex-Maccabi Tel Aviv) at the age of 41.

Source: israelhayom

All news articles on 2021-09-22

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