Las Palmas de Gran Canaria has hosted this Sunday the third edition of the Spanish Basketball Gala, which has brought together players, coaches, federation and club representatives to honor, among others, figures and legends of the Spanish parquet such as Sergio Llull and Silvia Dominguez or legends like Amaya Valdemoro or Carmelo Cabrera.
The event also coincides with the presence of the senior men’s team in the city, where they will play their next preparation match for the Eurobasket this Tuesday at the Gran Canaria Arena, with Lithuania as their rival, in another of the scheduled events within the agreement signed with the Island Council.
The great celebration of the sport of the basket, organized by the Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB) has taken place in the emblematic Hotel Santa Catalina. Jorge Garbajosa was in charge of opening such a commemorative act: “The successes of Spanish basketball are unparalleled. We have the best leagues, except for the NBA and the WNBA, and we have a selection that makes us feel proud. But I want to give special recognition to our crown jewel, in this case youth basketball, since we can say that we have had the best summer with six finals in our lower categories. I cannot feel more proud”, argued the president of the FEB.
In the Gala they were awarded, in the category of Best National Players, both the Balearic international of Real Madrid, Sergio Lull -who won the Endesa League title and second place in the Euroleague with the white team-, as the captain of Perfumerías Avenida, Silvia Dominguezchampion of the Copa de la Reina and the Endesa League.
On the other hand, the Madrid center Willy Hernangomez -NBA player who this season has averaged 9.1 points and 6.3 rebounds with the New Orleans Pelicans- and Mary Count -USK Praha star with his 17.5 points and 5.7 rebounds in the Euroleague- won the award in the category of Best National Players in International Competition.
Likewise, the Joventut de Badalona player, Joel Parratook the award for Young Player with Greater Projectionlike the player from Navarra Irati Etxarri, national MVP at Cadí La Seu.
As for the Legend awardtwo Spanish basketball legends obtained the title, in this case Canarian point guard Carmelo Cabrerawho revolutionized national basketball with his style in the seventies and eighties, as well as the Madrid forward Amaya Valdemorothe Spanish player with the best track record in history.
“I want to thank all those who have voted for me and all those who have participated with me throughout so many years of basketball practice in my land, in the Claret firstand then in the real Madridin the Canary Islands and in the selection, of course. It has made me very excited, especially at my age, after 20 years of career and after so much time has passed since I retired,” recalled Cabrera.
In the mode of Special Awardthe jury awarded the prize to Sandra Ygueravidewho has become the first Spaniard to win number 1 in the FIBA 3×3 ranking, while the forward Rudy Fernandez He went to collect the special prize that exalts both him and the already legendary Pau Gasol and Juan Carlos Navarro as the only basketball players to reach the top of the five Olympic Games played.
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Spanish basketball rewards its legends and the national parquet elite