Lietuvoje žaidęs australas dėl sūnaus ligos baigė karjerą

Lietuvoje praeityje rungtyniavęs Benas Madgenas paskelbė apie karjeros pabaigą. Tokį žingsnį jis žengė dėl sūnaus, sergančiu autizmu. B. Magdenas nori skirti jam visą savo laiką.

Benas Magdenas (nuotr. Fotodiena.lt)

„Atėjo laikas krepšiniui pasakyti „sudie“. Daugiau nei dešimt metų gyvenau savo svajone žaisti krepšinį“, – ilgame pranešime rašė 35-erių australas.

Krepšininkas Lietuvoje atstovavo Vilniaus „Ryto“ ir Panevėžio „Lietkabelio“ komandoms. Jis su abejomis komandomis žaidė LKL ir KMT finaluose.

Praėjusį sezoną gynėjas atstovavo Melburno „Phoenix“ ekipai, Australijos lygoje jis rinkdavo 12,1 taško ir atkovodavo 4,8 kamuolio. 

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The time has come to say goodbye to playing basketball. For over a decade I have been living my dream of playing basketball and trying to make a positive impact on as many people as I could through the game. Basketball has taken me all over the world, the experiences I had and people I met along the way has been incredible; being able to live out my dream still seems surreal. As an athlete we are mainly judged by our on court performance, but I consider the most fulfilling achievement in my career as starting ‘Madgen’s Message of Hope’ and seeing those children have a smile from ear to ear after the game, win or lose, is something I will never forget. I’m blessed to have two beautiful boys with my wife Bria and the time has come to focus solely on them, particularly my little man Xavier. Xavi has been diagnosed with Autism and is being treated for PANDAS and the constant moving and strenuous schedule that comes with playing basketball puts a lot of strain and pressure on Xavi and my family. There is no more important role to me then dad and I know just how critical these formative years are for him and I know that helping him to put his best foot forward is something I’ll never regret. The last couple of years have been really challenging, however we have been shown so much kindness and support from so many people within the Autism & PANDAS community. We’d love to show the same kindness, so if there are any parents out there who’re just starting the journey and want to chat, please don’t hesitate to reach out to my wife or I. I’ve so many people to thank, all the great organisations I played for, all the coaching staff and teammates, my agent Warren, my family and friends for always being there for me, my mum and dad for their tireless efforts to give all us kids the best opportunity to live our dreams. I really want to say the biggest thank you to my amazing wife Bria! She has been on the ride with me the whole way, she squashed my self-doubts and pushed me to be the best I could be. She had our two boys in Europe and made sure everything was looked after so I could just focus on playing. I can’t thank you enough, I love you honey. I’m excited for what’s next!

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