ANDl past April 29, playing 1:40 in the playoff crossover of the Euroleague in front of Anadolu efes, was the last time you saw Felipe Reyes in a match. He had participated little during the season, but nobody imagined that those moments would be his last as an active player. The pivot of Real Madrid, as expected, quit basketball. He will continue in the white club as an ambassador.
Philip will announce his retirement this Thursday in an act at the height of his extraordinary career, which has made him a Spanish basketball legend. Due to quantity and quality, a trajectory that is difficult to improve and that extended one more course due to the pandemic. He considered hanging up his boots last year, but he didn’t deserve to do it with empty stands. Had one last dance And it hasn’t turned out the way I wanted it either. He contracted the coronavirus and couldn’t say goodbye from the parquet.
Since I debuted with him Students in 1998, Felipe has been for 23 active seasons. He is one of the few players who has played games in three different decades. His move to Madrid in 2004 put you in another dimension. With the white team, of which he was eternal captain, he conquered 22 titles, to which it would be necessary to add a Cup in his collegiate stage. Two Euroleague, a Eurocup, a Intercontinental, seven Suspenders, five Cups And six Super Cups they are his extraordinary booty as a madridista.
With the selection, only Juan Carlos Navarro Y Juan Antonio San Epifanio They outnumber him in matches. Felipe reached 236. His record with the red is also dazzling: four golds (2006 World Cup and 2009, 2011 and 2015 Eurobasket), four silvers (Games of 2008 and 2012 and Eurobasket of 2003 and 2007) and two bronzes (2001 Eurobasket and 2016 Games). To this we must add a European and a Junior World Cup, in 1998 and 1999, respectively. That was the germ of the Gold Juniors, the best generation in the history of Spanish basketball.
Felipe leaves with 824 games played in the ACB (historical record to which he adds the highest rebounder with 4,725 sacks), 51 in the Copa del Rey, 21 in the Super Cup, 357 in the Euroleague, 48 in the Eurocup, two in the Intercontinental and 236 with the national team. More than 1,500 encounters in one race. He leaves as the only Madrid player who has reached a thousand and the oldest in his history. A legendary player.
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