Hommage act to Carlos Jiménez on February 2013 before the game between Estudiantes and Unicaja, the two clubs for which he played.
10 February 1976 |
Madrid, Madrid, Spain
|Listed height||6 ft 8.75 in (2.05 m)|
|Listed weight||225 lb (102 kg)|
|NBA draft||1998 / Undrafted|
Carlos Jiménez Sánchez (born 10 February 1976) is a Spanish former professional basketball player and current assistant coach of Unicaja. He is 2.05 m (6 ft 8 ¾ in) tall. His nickname is "suma y sigue Jiménez", which translated into English is, "add and go on Jiménez."
He played as a small forward. He was a good rebounder, using his 205 cm height and his long arms. He was a good defender, and a good free throw shooter.
In the 2002-03 NBA Season, Jiminez was on the preseason roster of the Sacramento Kings, as he tried out for the club, but he was cut from the team a week before the start of the regular season. He was disappointed that the Kings released him. Jiménez never had another NBA experience. In August 2011 he returned to Asefa Estudiantes, after playing five seasons for Unicaja Málaga, signing a one-year contract.
However, on 17 September 2012, he returned to professional basketball, by signing a one-month long contract, with an option to extend it for one more month, with his former team Unicaja. He retired in December 2012.
Jiménez played with the senior Spanish national basketball team at the 2006 FIBA World Championship, where he won a gold medal. He also won the silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics, as Spain lost against Team USA in the gold medal game. After that Olympic competition, Jiménez announced his retirement from the Spanish national team, after having been the captain of that group of players. He retired as the Spanish player with the most medals won in international tournaments for the Spanish national team at that time.
As captain of the 2008 Summer Olympics Spanish basketball team, Jiménez was a part of the 'slanty-eye' gesture photo incident, that took place before the Beijing Olympics. The photo was a feature ad, as a newspaper spread in Spain, showing all the Spanish players using their fingers to apparently make their eyes look more Chinese (Epicanthic fold), on a basketball court adorned with a Chinese dragon. The photo was part of a publicity campaign for team sponsor Seur, and was used only in Spain.
"It was something like supposed to be funny, or something, but never offensive in any way," said teammate Pau Gasol. "I'm sorry if anybody thought or took it the wrong way, and thought that it was offensive."
Teammate José Calderón said the team was responding to a request from the photographer. "We felt it was something appropriate, and that it would be interpreted as an affectionate gesture," said Calderón. "Without a doubt, some ... press didn't see it that way."
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