On December 3, 1989, Fernando Martin, despite being injured, he headed to the Palace of Sports of the Community of Madrid, to see a match that would dispute his team, Real Madrid, with the CAI Zaragoza. At the entrance of the M-30, around three-twenty in the afternoon, an accident with the car driving cost him his life at 27 years of age.
Martin was one of those pioneers athletes who are responsible for breaking down barriers, becoming the first Spanish player and second in Europe (after the Bulgarian Georgi Glouchkov) to play in the NBA, wearing the shirt of the Portland Trail Blazers. Although his year in the United States was discreet, FM marked the path of the Spanish players who shine in thirty years after the showpiece of world basketball.
He returned to Madrid in 1987, the expectation in Spain with his return was very great, was the “boom” of the ACB with unforgettable clashes between Real Madrid and Barcelona, where all eyes on Fernando Martin and Audie Norris. Continue reading “On this day … We left Fernando Martin”