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Carlos Arroyo’s Last Game – But he will always Be Puerto Rico’s Pride

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Carlos Arroyo played his last professional basketball game last Sunday in Serbia. Unfortunately, his last game was a loss to Serbia 108-77 and worst, the loss kept the island nation’s national basketball team from going on to the Rio Olympics this summer.

 

Arroyo, knew the game versus Serbia was going to be difficult, but the game prior with Lithuania was the game that he really wanted to win. Arroyo did not want to go out without having one last chance to play for an Olympic birth. Beating Lithuania would give them that opportunity. His wish was granted as Puerto Rico won that important game 77-70 and Arroyo’s 14 points including his decisive 3 point shot with 35 seconds remaining in that game sealed Puerto Rico’s victory to the semi-finals against Serbia and a chance to go to the Olympics.

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Carlos when he played with the Pistons (Photo courtesy NBA)

Arroyo always came through in the clutch and playing big games was something that he was used to. It was Arroyo’s point guard leadership that sustained Puerto Rico and helped in the islands greatest basketball win ever, the incredible upset victory over the U.S.A. Dream Team by a score of 93-72 in the 2004 Athens Olympics.

It was Arroyo’s picture flaunting his PR Jersey at the U.S.A. team after a very aggressive and physical game that brought the two teams and Arroyo very close to physical altercations.

It was that PR jersey and that picture that helped us in Latino Sports as we were the only one’s that were selling a close replica. I wore the shirt once when I went to see him play with the Detroit Pistons. I stood up in the arena when he came out into the court. Arroyo noticed me (I stood out in the middle of that Pistons arena) and he acknowledged me with his motions saying, “nice seeing a Boricua here in Detroit,”

The 34 year old Arroyo might be retiring from professional competition, but he will always be in and around Puerto Rico’s basketball and remembered as one of the few Puerto Ricans that gave so many of us pride when he wore any of the various jerseys he played with in the NBA and that incredible picture after beating the U.S.A. with that, “Take That, In Your Face” message.

BTW: Anyone interested in purchasing that famous historical Jersey can do so by visiting the Shop on this site. During this promotions for Arroyo’s retirement, the Jersey’s price has been discounted from the original price. Only a few left.

This was the famous picture when PR upset the U.S.  in basketball, 92-73 in the 2004 Olympics.  We still have a few of these jersyrs left. (Picture ENDI).

This was the famous picture when PR upset the U.S. in basketball, 92-73 in the 2004 Olympics.
We still have a few of these jersyrs left. (Picture ENDI).

About Julio Pabón

Julio is President and Founder of Latino Sports LLC., the parent company of Latinosports.com. Julio is a product of the South Bronx where he still lives and runs his businesses. Julio has written and has been interviewed for numerous publication and networks on sports & political issues. He has been an activist promoting social justice and respect for all communities. He is a recognized motivational speaker, was an adjunct professor of American History and presently volunteer's as a lecturer in local South Bronx High Schools. His primary goal is to make Latinosports.com a multi-facet sports portal that will engender social and economic empowerment to the Latino community.