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Jorge Garbajosa
Garbajosa with the Toronto Raptors during a preseason game in Italy.
Garbajosa with the Toronto Raptors during a preseason game in Italy.
Nickname Garbo
Position Forward
Height 6 ft 9.5 in (2.07 m)
Weight 225 lb (102 kg)
League Spanish League
Euroleague
Team Real Madrid
Born December 19, 1977 (1977-12-19) (age 32)
Torrejón de Ardoz, Madrid, Spain
Nationality Spanish
Draft Undrafted, 1999
Pro career 1994–present
Former teams Taugres/TAU Cerámica (1994–00)
Benetton Treviso (2000–04)
Unicaja Málaga (2004–06)
Toronto Raptors (2006–08)
Khimki Moscow Region (2008-09)
Awards All-Euroleague First Team (2003)
Italian Cup MVP (2004)
Spanish Cup MVP (2005)
All-Euroleague Second Team 2006
Spanish League Finals MVP (2006)
Mister Europa Player of the Year (2006)
NBA All-Rookie First Team (2007)

Jorge Garbajosa Chaparro, Jr., nicknamed "Garbo" (born December 19, 1977[1]), is a Spanish professional basketball player. At 2.07 m (6 ft 9½ in), he plays both power forward and small forward. He is currently playing with Real Madrid of the Spanish League.

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Club career

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Europe

Garbajosa began his career playing for Taugres, later known as TAU Cerámica, between 1995–00.[2] In the 1998–99 season, he guided Vitoria to a Spanish National Cup victory.[3]

Garbajosa then spent four seasons at Benetton Treviso between 2000–04 under future Toronto Raptors Vice-President and Assistant General Manager Maurizio Gherardini and New York Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni. He won two Italian National Cups, two Italian Super Cups and two Italian Championships with Benetton and averaged 13.8 points, 6.7 rebounds and a Euroleague-best 2.85 steals per game en route to All-Euroleague 2002-03 First Team honours and being named the 2003 Eurobasket.com Player of the Year.[2]

Garbajosa spent his next two seasons (2004–06) with Unicaja Málaga, helping them to win the 2005–06 Spanish Championship and Spanish Cup.[2] He was in the top 15 in scoring (14.9 points per game) and rebounding (6.9 rebounds per game) in the Euroleague 2005-06 season, and averaged 13.3 points and 6.4 rebounds domestically in 42 Spanish league outings, shooting 55% from the field and 81% from the free throw line.[2] Garbajosa was also the 2005 Spanish Cup MVP and the 2006 Spanish League Finals MVP,[2] and earned All-Euroleague Second Team honours.[3]

Overall, in his 11 seasons with the three clubs, Garbajosa had a regular-season average of 10.4 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.4 steals in 362 domestic league games, and averaged 13.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 1.8 steals in 105 Euroleague games.[3]

NBA

Garbajosa in his first season with the Toronto Raptors

On July 24, 2006, the Toronto Raptors officially signed Garbajosa to a 3-year contract[2] amounting to about US$12 million. He wore #15 for the Raptors, previously worn by ex-Raptors star Vince Carter. Given his pedigree, Garbajosa was a regular starter in the forward position. For the first half of the season, Garbajosa was instrumental in driving the Raptors past the .500 mark and he was awarded Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month honours in December 2006.[4]

On March 26, 2007, Garbajosa suffered an injury to his left leg during a regular-season matchup against the Boston Celtics. The injury was serious, as he was carried out on a stretcher in considerable pain. Doctors in Toronto performed surgery to repair a broken fibula, a displaced ankle and ligament damage. Because his recovery time was estimated to be in the range of six months, he was forced to miss the rest of the season and the entire post-season.[5] He averaged 8.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game after 67 appearances in his debut season for the Raptors.[6] Garbajosa and Raptors teammate Andrea Bargnani were named to the NBA All-Rookie Team at the end of the season.[7]

Garbajosa returned to play with the Raptors for the 2007–08 season, but after meeting with a specialist on November 26, he chose to have further surgery on his leg and ankle.[8] The operation took place on December 11, 2007.[9]

In June 2008, negotiations took place in an attempt by the Raptors to buy out the remaining year of his contract. Garbajosa had previously been named to the Spanish Olympic basketball squad for 2008, against the wishes of the Raptors.[10] On June 18, 2008, the Raptors officially bought out Garbajosa's contract.[11]

Back to Europe

In the 2008 off-season, Garbajosa signed a two-year, 6 million euros net income contract with the Russian Super League club Khimki Moscow Region, giving him one of the most expensive contracts in Europe. The next year, however, he was allowed to terminate his contract in order to return to Spain to sign with Real Madrid. The transfer was announced by the club after weeks of speculation on August 15.[12]

Spanish national team

Medal record
Men's Basketball
Competitor for  Spain
Olympics
Silver 2008 Beijing Team Competition
FIBA World Championship
Gold 2006 Japan Team Competition
FIBA European Championship
Bronze 2001 Turkey Team Competition
Silver 2003 Sweden Team Competition
Silver 2007 Spain Team Competition
Gold 2009 Poland Team Competition

Garbajosa was a member of the Spanish national teams that participated in the 2000 Olympic Basketball Tournament and the 2004 Olympic Basketball Tournament.[3] He also won a bronze medal at the 2001 FIBA European Championship and a silver medal at the 2003 FIBA European Championship.

On September 3, 2006, Garbajosa and the Spanish national team won the gold medal at the 2006 FIBA World Championship, he scored a game high 20 points and collected 10 rebounds in the final against the Greek national team.[3] He averaged 12.6 points and 5.3 rebounds in the tournament.[3] In addition to winning the gold medal, Garbajosa made the All-Tournament team, along with teammate Pau Gasol.

On January 1, 2007, Garbajosa was named Mister Europa 2006 by an Italian weekly magazine, SuperBasket. Other NBA players given this award are Dirk Nowitzki (2005) and Pau Gasol (2004).[13]

At the 2007 FIBA European Championship, Garbajosa again featured for the Spanish team. He averaged 7.8 points per game and 3.1 rebounds per game in the nine games he played,[14] but Spain lost 59–60 to the Russian national team in the final.[15]

Notes

  1. ^ Player profile, interbasket.net, accessed 25 February 2007.
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Raptors Sign Free Agent Jorge Garbajosa", nba.com/raptors, 24 July 2006.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Jorge Garbajosa Info Page - Bio, nba.com, accessed 25 February 2007.
  4. ^ Player News, nba.com, accessed 3 January 2007.
  5. ^ Ewing, Lori, "Garbajosa to be sidelined 6 months", thestar.com, 27 March 2007, accessed 12 September 2007.
  6. ^ Jorge Garbajosa Info Page - Career Stats and Totals, nba.com, accessed 18 March 2007.
  7. ^ Andrea Bargnani & Jorge Garbajosa Highlight 2007 All-Rookie Team, nba.com/raptors, 8 May 2007, accessed 11 May 2007.
  8. ^ "Jorge Garbajosa: Will Have More Surgery", nba.com, accessed 13 December 2007.
  9. ^ Smith, Doug, "Surgery likely shelves Garbajosa for season", thestar.com, 12 December 2007, accessed 13 December 2007.
  10. ^ Raptors attempt to buyout Garbajosa at FIBA.com, 12 June 2008
  11. ^ Raptors release Garbajosa, 18 June 2008
  12. ^ El Real Madrid hace oficial el fichaje de Garbajosa at Marca.com, 15 August 2009
  13. ^ Jorge Garbajosa "Mister Europa 2006" for Superbasket", fiba.qq.com, 1 January 2007, accessed 12 September 2007.
  14. ^ Player Home, eurobasket2007.org, accessed 16 September 2007.
  15. ^ Game card, eurobasket2007.org, 16 September 2007, accessed 17 September 2007.

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