Gustavo Ion will say goodbye to basketball at a match with his friends
The 2.08-meter-high hub, Gustavo Ion, became the third Mexican in the NBA in 2011 after Horacio Lamaz and Eduardo Najera, and now he’s bidding farewell to basketball.
Mexican Center Gustavo Ionwinner of 12 titles with Real Madrid The Spaniard, will say goodbye to basketball, in a match in which a team of his friends will face a choice Mexico.
“It didn’t take me long to make that decision. Throughout my career, I’ve learned to take care of my body, when I can do things well and when I can’t. It took over 24 hours to recover after a game. I’m retiring fully and at a good level in basketball. ‘,” the 37-year-old explained.
ion, who described Real Madrid As a legend and one of the greatest centers in its history, he will end more than 15 years of his career with a meeting in Guadalajarastate capital Jaliscowest of Mexico.
His friend’s team list has not been revealed. The Mexican national team will be the same that will face from August 25 the fourth window of the qualifying rounds Americas to Philippines, Japan and Indonesia 2023 World Cup.
Among those summoned Omar Quinterospecific MexicoIs also Francisco “Paco” Cruzwho plays for the Turkish team Tofas, and Jorge Gutiérrez, a former player in NBA This now belongs to the Mexican Astros.
with both, ion brought to Mexico To their last great success when the Spaniards brought it out Sergio ValdeulmilosI qualified for the first time world Cup in 40 years, Spain 2014.
ion He also helped win the championship title FIBA Americas in 2013 and gold at Centrobasket in 2014; In both competitions he won the best player award.
His biggest success at club level was with Real Madrid, He played with them 340 matches between 2014 and 2019, in five campaigns in which he entered the history books of Meringue.
the total, ion conquered with Madrid Two European colleagues, one Intercontinental CupFour ACB Leagues, three King’s Cups and two Super Cups.
ion He spent his last two seasons in Puerto Rico with the Capitanes de Arecibo, a quintet he won the Island League in 2021 and dropped to the semi-finals on August 1, 2022, his last game as a professional.
The 2.08 meter high axis became in 2011 the third Mexican in NBA after, after Horace Flames s Eduardo Najera.
In the best basketball league in the world, the Tepic native participated in 135 games in which he averaged 4.7 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.3 assists.
There was another difference ion In his career they were Mexicans Khalaba’s hawks and the Jalisco stars.
“I’m leaving in peace and calm because I gave basketball everything I could: passion, work and responsibility. Sunday will be a party for which I will be grateful to basketball,” the former basketball player said. climax Russian.