The Spanish Basketball Gala honored this Sunday the historic former player from Gran Canaria, who revolutionized the game in the 70s and 80s
The Palmeras Room of the Hotel Santa Catalina hosted this Sunday the Spanish basketball party with the third edition of the Spanish Basketball Gala, with the purpose of rewarding the most outstanding of the season and, at the same time, recognizing the trajectory of athletes who are considered legends.
This award went to
Carmelo Cabrera (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, January 6, 1950),
who can boast of having been international with Spain on 102 occasions and to conquer with Real Madrid (1968-1979) four editions of the European Cup, ten of the ACB League, seven of the Copa del Rey and three of the Intercontinental Cup.
It is the most important award I have received in my sports career, that of being a legendWell, for that you have to be a few years old. He has touched me now, after my retirement 34 years ago. It makes me tremendously excited that they still remember me, that I have left a small trail in Spanish basketball. That is appreciated and, in addition, sharing it with another great star such as Amaya Valdemoro, "Cabrera admitted to this newspaper.
The absolute male Spanish team. /
“In an association and team sport like basketball, it falls on one person, but thanks to everyone who has put up with me for many years,
that they have made me enjoy, that I have shared my best moments with everyone», added the former player from Gran Canaria, also from Basketball Valladolid and Club Baloncesto Canarias.
The event, which was attended by the absolute men's national team and some players from the women's teamalso recognized Sergio Llull -Best National Player-, Silvia Domínguez -Best National Player-, Willy Hernangómez -Best National Player in International Competition-, María Conde -Best National Player in International Competition-, Joel Parra -Young Player with the Greatest Projection -, Irati Etxarri -Young Player with Greatest Projection-, Amaya Valdemoro -Legend Award- and Rudy Fernández, Juan Carlos Navarro, Pau Gasol and Sandra Ygueravide -Special Award-.
The jury appointed by the FEB and Marca for this third edition of the Spanish Basketball Gala It was made up of Jorge Garbajosa -president of the FEB-, Juan Ignacio Gallardo -director of Marca-, Juan Fernández -director of the CSD cabinet, representing President José Manuel Franco-, Santos Moraga and Elisa Aguilar -FEB-, Jesús Sánchez and Jorge Quiroga -Marca-, Antonio Martín -president of the ACB-, Carmen Muguruza -representative of the Women's Clubs Association-, Alfonso Reyes -president of the ABP-, Lucila Pascua -president of the AJUB-, Daniel Hierrezuelo -president of the AEBA- and Joan María Gavaldà -president of the AEEB-.
The Canarian players Umi Diallo, Natalia Rodríguez, Maite Cazorla, Laura Herrera and Leonor Rodríguez. /
A 'pack' of 165.00 euros
It is the first edition of the Spanish Basketball Gala that was held outside of Madrid and, as the Spanish Federation pointed out in a statement, it was held on this occasion «
based on the collaboration agreement signed between the FEB and the Cabildo de Gran Canaria».
As this newspaper learned,
This agreement between the two entities amounts to 165,000 euros and includes the holding of the preparation match for the Eurobasket that will start on September 1 between Spain and Lithuaniawhich will be played tomorrow, starting at 6:30 p.m. -live on Cuatro-, at the Gran Canaria Arena.