Friday, September 18, 2009

Adam Wojcik hangs up his shoes

Yesterday's game against Spain will be the last for Polish national team big man Adam Wojcik. Prior to the Spain match the 39-yearold, and Poland's most experienced player had yet to make an appearance.

"This was my last appearance in the Polish national jersey," Wojcik briefly commented. His top performance in EuroBasket history was in 1997 when he led Poland to the seventh spot and averaged 11.2 ppg and 4.1 rpg.

The Polish forward has played in four EuroBaskets, the first of which came as early as in 1991 in Rome, where Poland ended in the seventh place. His participation in this EuroBasket bestows him with the honor to be written down in the books as the oldest player ever to play in EuroBasket with the exact age of 39 years, five months and 27 days.

Mike D'Antoni, Head Coach of the New York Knicks, was pushed to the second place after playing the 1989 EuroBasket at the age of 38 with Italy. During the Polish EuroBasket, Wójcik was recuperating from a calf injury, but in the game that decided the Polish team's fate in this tournament coach Muli Katzurin included him in the in-game substitutes rotation. The experienced forward played for 11 minutes, scored six points and added one rebound.

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