Julio Lamas, former coach of the Argentine Basketball Team, with his Golden Generation, announced this Saturday his retirement as coach.
With a letter on social networks, Lamas, 58, Lamas thanked his family, players and clubs, assured that nothing was saved and pointed out: “It’s time to learn new things and work in the sport from another role.”
“Hello everyone! I want to announce that I have decided to retire and stop directing basketball professionally. I am going through this moment with great emotion and the desire to thank you.
First of all, three people: My mom, María Vicenta, who gave me everything and took care of me; León Najnudel, who gave me knowledge and opportunities with total generosity; And Alejandra Rebora, my partner, the person who always supported and helped me. Without them it would not have been the same.
Then, a special thanks to the clubs and national federations that chose me and trusted me. To their directors. To all the colleagues I had in each of the technical bodies that we make up.
And in the end (but not the last), the players, the main reason why I started being a coach: to teach the kids of my club, Deportivo San Andrés, how to play. That’s when I fell in love with basketball, teaching and being part of a team.
I am proud to say goodbye to the road I have traveled, knowing that I dedicated myself passionately and that I gave all of myself in the search for constant improvement. I didn’t keep anything. It’s time to learn new things and work in the sport from another role.”
Julio Lamas was coach of the Sport Cañadense, Olimpia de Venado Tuerto, Boca, San Lorenzo, Ben Hur, Libertad and Obras Basket clubs in the country, Real Madrid, TAU Cerámica and Alicante in Spain. He won the National Basketball League five times, once with Boca, Ben Hur and Libertad and twice with San Lorenzo.
But his main role was with his two steps for the Argentine National Team between 1997-1999 and 2011-2014, periods in which the Golden Generation shone.
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Julio Lamas announced his retirement as basketball coach