The Portland Trail Blazers announced today that center Fabricio Oberto will retire. After experiencing dizziness during the Blazers game against the Bucks game on Tuesday, Oberto mentioned that he wanted to reorganize his priorities, putting his health and his family first.
He was previously diagnosed with a heart condition that causes palpitations. He is 35 years old, which is fairly ancient by NBA standards, but was able to play for a solid six years in the NBA.
A native of Argentina, he began his career stateside playing with the Spurs for four years. He spent last season with the Wizards, and played in all five Portland games this season. Prior to playing in the NBA, Oberto was on the Argentine National Team that won the gold medal in the 2004 Athens Olympics.