MANILA, Philippines—Slovenia confirmed utmost respect to one among Italy’s largest stars Luigi Datome, who performed his last sport for the Azzurri on Saturday within the Fiba World Cup at Mall of Asia Enviornment.
In a category act, the Slovenians joined in saluting Datome when was subbed out on the 3:26 mark of the fourth quarter and acquired a standing ovation from the group.
Datome additionally took the time to hug Slovenia’s gamers, together with Luka Doncic, and his Italian teammates.
“It’s one of many unbelievable type gestures I acquired this summer time,” mentioned Datome. “I thank the followers for the applause and to the opponents for stopping the sport to point out respect.
“It’s unbelievable what he did. He’s the most effective, not simply in Italy but in addition in Europe and the world, he’s wonderful. I’m actually comfortable for him,” mentioned Slovenia guard Gregor Hrovat.
Datome had some extent and a few rebounds in 10 minutes of motion for Italy, which completed eighth place after an 89-85 loss to Slovenia of their classification match.
In his last tour of obligation for Italy, the 35-year-old Datome performed a key position in serving to the Azzurri return to the World Cup quarterfinal after 25 years, averaging 7.8 factors per sport. He was 10 essential factors in Italy’s huge comeback win over Serbia within the second spherical of the event.
“He performed nice on this World Cup and confirmed why he’s nonetheless the most effective gamers and I need to congratulate him for the wonderful profession,” mentioned Hrovat.
Datome performed within the NBA for the Detroit Pistons from 2013 to 2015 and likewise the Boston Celtics in 2015.
Whereas his profession didn’t flourish within the NBA, Datome turned a legend regardless as a EuroLeague champion and a three-time winner in top-tier leagues in Italy and Turkey.
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