Spanish base José Manuel Calderón has ended his sports career, with two decades in the elite and 14 seasons in the NBA, according to information from the Washington Post that the NBA itself collects on its official website.
Calderón (09/28/1981), a native of Villanueva de la Serena (Extremadura), closes a successful two-decade career that started in the quarry of Baskonia. He took his first steps in the elite in Alicante and Fuenlabrada, until in 2002 he returned to Vitoria to confirm his enormous projection.
At that time there was also his debut with the Spanish team, whose shirt he defended 193 times, which places him as the seventh in the national team's historical classification, with which he won a total of eight medals: two golds (World Cup 2006 and Eurobasket 2011), four silver (Olympic Games in Beijing and London and Eurobasket 2003 and 2007) and two bronzes (Olympic Games in Rio and Eurobasket 2013).
As for the NBA, in 2005 he made the leap to the best league in the world, where he has competed for a total of 14 seasons, the longest-running Spaniard just behind his friend Pau Gasol, which meets its nineteenth year in the competition.
After eight years of continuity with Toronto Raptors, The Extremadura base changed its air in 2013 to Detroit Pistons and later also played with Dallas Mavericks, New York Knicks, Los Angeles Lakers, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers and again Pistons, the last club of his career.
After having spent the last months waiting for an opportunity to continue in the best league in the world, Calderón hangs his boots to release a new life in the offices, as he will become a special advisor to the executive director of the association of NBA players, Michel Roberts, according to the American press.
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