Argentinian Fabricio Oberto decided to put an end to his career following cardiac problems that again affected him on Tuesday. The 35-year-old centre, who had joined the Portland Trail Blazers for this season, experienced palpitations during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks and was just on court for four minutes. This ended up being his last career game.
Oberto described his decision as "very difficult after playing for some many years", but he felt the need to safeguard his health and put his family before basketball. Last year, the former Argentina international underwent a heart surgery to treat a similar condition and had been feeling healthy ever since.
In a career that started in 1993 with Atenas Córdoba, Oberto played in Greece (Olympiacos), Spain (Caja Laboral Baskonia and Valencia) and in the NBA for the San Antonio Spurs, Washington Wizards and Trail Blazers. At club level he won two South American League titles and an Argentinian championship with Atenas, one Copa del Rey and a Spanish title with Baskonia, one Eurocup with Valencia and an NBA championship with the Spurs. With Argentina he achieved one gold and two silver medals at the Americas Championship, silver at the 2002 World Championship, gold at the 2004 Olympics and bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.