BILBAO signs point guard Lopez for 2 years
July 8, 2011
Raul Lopez - BC KhimkiSpanish runners-up and Turkish Airlines Euroleague debutante Bizkaia Bilbao Basket announced on Friday the addition of point guard Raul Lopez for the next two seasons. Lopez (1.82 meters, 31 years old) arrives from BC Khimki Moscow region where last year he averaged 8.2 points, 2.1 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.5 steals in 10 Euroleague appearances. It was his second season with Khimki. Lopez grew up in Joventut Badalona of Spain and made his debut in 1997. He played there for three years until he was signed by Real Madrid in 2000. He was then drafted by the Utah Jazz of the NBA and was there for two seasons in 2003 and 2004. However, severe knee injuries kept his career from progressing as expected and he was back in Spain in 2005 when he joined Akasvayu Girona. After one year there, he was back to Real Madrid for three more seasons until he travelled to Russia to join Khimki. In 2007 he won the ULEB Cup with Real Madrid and also the Spanish League title. In 2009, being a member of the Spanish national team, he won the gold medal at the Eurobasket and also a silver medal at the 2008 Olympic games. He also has a bronze medal from the 2001 Eurobasket.
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