UNICAJA extends Garbajosa
Jorge Garbajosa - UnicajaUnicaja reached a new agreement with power forward Jorge Garbajosa to keep him in the team next season. Garbajosa (2.05 meters, 33 years old) re-joined Unicaja midway through last season, averaging 7.2 points and 4.2 rebounds in 11 Spanish League games. He had started the 2010-11 season with Real Madrid and averaged 5.4 points in 11 Turkish Airlines Euroleague games before moving back to Malaga. Garbajosa led the club to its glory days in his previous two years in Unicaja. He simply took the club to the highest level, leading Unicaja to its only domestic titles so far, the 2005 Spanish King's Cup and the 2006 Spanish League crown, earning finals MVP in both events. Garbajosa had a stellar Euroleague career, helping Benetton Treviso reach the title game in 2003, when he was an All-Euroleague first team selection. In his four years with Benetton, Garbajosa also won back-to-back Italian League titles in 2002 and 2003 and lifted the Italian Cup trophy in 2004. He has also played for Tau Ceramica in Spain, Toronto in the NBA and BC Khimki in Russia. He won the 1996 Saporta Cup and the 1999 Spanish King's Cup with Tau and reached the Eurocup and the Russian League finals with Khimki in 2009. Garbajosa has also been a regular member of the Spanish national team. He won the gold medal at the 2006 World Championships and four EuroBasket medals - gold in 2009, bronze in 2001 and silvers in 2003 and 2007. He also has a silver medal from the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China. He ranks seventh in the Euroleague's all-time steals list (211) and is 10th in rebounds (777).
Friday, August 5, 2011