MADRID (Spain) – Another member of Spain’s Golden Generation has decided to pull the curtain down on his national team career as point guard Sergio Rodriguez called him a day in international basketball.
Rodriguez, 35, made the announcement weeks after Spain’s quarter-final loss to the United States at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
“After a few days of rest and reflection,” he said in a Twitter post titled “Un Viaje Fantastico (A Fantastic Journey),” after so many years in the national team, the time has come to say adios.
“It hasn’t been easy, but I’m sure now is the right time … all of my expectations when I started were exceeded, the successes and the experiences.”
A fantastic viaje.
Después de estos días de descanso y reflexión, tras tantos años en la Selección Nacional ha llegado el momento de decir adiós. No ha sido fácil, pero estoy seguro que es el momento apropiado. pic.twitter.com/UeYWHPddjq
– Sergio Rodriguez (@SergioRodriguez) 25 August 2021
One of the Old Continent’s best playmakers since entering the Spanish youth squad scene, Rodriguez made his first appearance with the senior squad at FIBA EuroBasket 2005 in Belgrade, but c his second was the most memorable.
He made the team to play at the 2006 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Japan and electrified the crowds with assists to another youngster at the time, Rudy Fernandez.
Spain won their first world title. After playing at the FIBA EuroBasket the following year in Madrid where Spain lost to Russia’s death, Rodriguez was absent from the national team but returned for the 2012 Olympics in London and has has played an important role ever since.
One of his best performances was at EuroBasket 2015 in Paris, where he provided an essential piece for a Spanish team that won the competition for the third time since 2009. He was named in the All-Star Five at the end of the competition, one where Spain beat France in the semi-finals and then beat Lithuania in the title match.
Rodriguez had incredible moments with the national team, especially at FIBA EuroBasket 2015
His last tournament with Spain ended in disappointment, a quarterfinal outing at the Tokyo Games this summer.
Rodriguez leaves international basketball with many medals and lots of memories.
Pau and Marc Gasol immediately announced their retirement from international basketball immediately following Spain’s quarter-final loss to the United States and now another iconic player has joined them.