Two nights ago Fabricio Oberto left Portland’s game against Milwaukee due to dizziness. That led to tests to see what was the cause.
It was a heart condition, recurrent palpitations, that Thursday forced him to retire, according to the team.
“I made this decision to put my health and my family in front of basketball,” said Oberto in a released statement. “It was a tough decision to make after playing for so many years, but it was the right one.”
This is a heart situation that had been monitored in the past.
The Argentinian center had been a reserve brought in by the Blazers late in camp after Jeff Pendergraph, went down (and Greg Oden and Joel Pryzbilla were already sidelined trying to recovery from an injury). He was playing a reserve roll of about nine minutes a game this season.
Oberto played six seasons in the NBA season and won a championship as a starter for the 2007 San Antonio Spurs. Oberto was one of those players who just got things done — he’s a little too slow, not a great shooter, not a great rebounder, yet he just played smart, didn’t make mistakes and good things just seemed to happen.