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Jorge Garbajosa Biography
Jorge Garbajosa nicknamed Garbo was born December19, 1977 and is a Spanish professional basketball player. At 2.07 m (6 ft 9in), he plays both power forward and small forward.
On July 24, 2006, the Toronto Raptors officially signed Garbajosato a 3-year contract amounting to about US$12 million. He wore #15 for theRaptors, previously worn by ex-Raptors star Vince Carter. Given his pedigree,Garbajosa was a regular starter in the forward position. For the first half ofthe season, Garbajosa was instrumental in driving the Raptors past the .500mark and he was awarded Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month honours inDecember 2006.
On March 26, 2007, Garbajosa suffered an injury to his leftleg during a regular-season matchup against the Boston Celtics. The injury wasserious, as he was carried out on a stretcher in considerable pain. Doctors inToronto performed surgery to repair a broken fibula, a displaced ankle andligament damage. Because his recovery time was estimated to be in the range ofsix months, he was forced to miss the rest of the season and the entirepost-season. He averaged 8.5 points and 4.9 rebounds per game after 67appearances in his debut season for the Raptors. Garbajosa and Raptors teammateAndrea Bargnani were named to the NBA All-Rookie Team at the end of the season.
Garbajosa returned to play with the Raptors for the 200708season, but after meeting with a specialist on November 26, he chose to havefurther surgery on his leg and ankle. The operation took place on December 11,2007.
In June 2008, negotiations took place in an attempt by theRaptors to buy out the remaining year of his contract. Garbajosa had previouslybeen named to the Spanish Olympic basketball squad for 2008, against the wishesof the Raptors. On June 18, 2008, the Raptors officially bought out Garbajosa'scontract.
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