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Fabricio Oberto retires from NBA, basketball

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Argentina international Fabricio Oberto has decided to retire because of the arrhythmia that he has experienced since 2008.

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The 35-year-old only recently signed a contract with the Portland Trail Blazers.

Despite receiving treatment for his condition, he felt lightheadedness and dizziness during the first half of Portland’s game at Milwaukee three days ago.

Portland said Oberto had retired “due to recurrent palpitations related to a prior cardiac condition”.

Oberto said in a statement: “I made this decision to put my health and my family in front of basketball.

“It was a tough decision to make after playing for so many years, but it was the right one.”

Oberto is a part of Argentina’s golden generation and his first major tournament with the South American giants was the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta.

His most famous games in an Argentina shirt came at the 2002 FIBA World Championship when he and his teammates reached the Final before losing to Yugoslavia in overtime.

Two years later and Oberto helped Argentina capture the gold medal at the Athens Olympics.

He played for Argentina at the 2010 FIBA World Championship in Turkey.

Argentina Basketball Confederation president German Vaccaro paid tribute to Oberto.

“I have mixed feelings,” Vaccaro said.

“On one side, (there is) the calmness of knowing that he has taken this decision and that it’s the best for him and his family.

“On the other hand, the sadness not to see him wear the white and blue colors again.

“Fabricio is the best center in the history of our basketball, an incredible guy.

“We will have to find him a role to have him close to our sports.

“I can only finish off by saying, one thousand thank you’s, Fabri.”

Close friend and Argentina teammate, Manu Ginobili, put a message about Oberto’s retirement on his facebook page.

Ginobili wrote: “My good friend F. Oberto announced that he’s retiring. One of the best teammates ever. Best of luck 4 him in what’s coming. Besides being a g8 teammate, he won Arg League, SouthAm League, King’s Cup, ACB, ULEB Cup, Olympic Gold and NBA. Not a bad resume.”

Read the original article at FIBA.com.

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