30 years without Fernando Martín, a pioneer for Spanish basketball

2019-12-03T12:15:52+01:00 2019-12-03T14:59:46+01:00.

Antigoni Zachari

03/Dec/19 12:15


30 years have passed since the death of Fernando Martín, the first Spanish player in the NBA.

By Alex Madrid /  info@eurohoops.net

On December 3, 1989, Fernando Martín lost his life in a traffic accident at the young age of 27. The legend of Real Madrid was heading to the former Sports Palace to support his teammates in a game against CAI Zaragoza.

Fernando Martín was a pioneer. In 1986 he would become the first Spanish player and the second European to play for an NBA team, the Portland Trail Blazers. He would play a total of 24 games before returning to Real Madrid.

During his career, he managed to win 4 ACB championships, a Club World Cup, a Korac Cup, 3 Copa del Rey, and a Spanish Super Cup. In addition, he won a silver medal at the 1983 Eurobasket with the Spanish NT and another silver at the 1984 Olympics.

Real Madrid, that has lifted his jersey up the WiZink Center rafters, honored Martín with the following video:

Fernando Martín | Real Madrid de Baloncesto

30 años sin Fernando Martín. #RMBaloncesto | #RealMadrid

Gepostet von Real Madrid Basket am Dienstag, 3. Dezember 2019

Pau Gasol also posted a tribute on his social media, honoring the late pioneer of Spanish basketball.