Credit: Imago Sport – Scanpix, Fotodiena.lt/E.Blaževičius
Credit Imago Sport – Scanpix, Fotodiena.lt/E.Blaževičius

The decision to provide express naturalization for Lorenzo Brown, who has not played in any Spanish team and has no roots in Spain, was welcomed with serious doubts and critique, especially, by the Spanish Players Union.

Jorge Garbajosa

Jorge  Garbajosa
Position: PF, SF
Age: 44
Height: 206 cm
Weight: 111 kg
Birth place: Madrid, Spain

The opposing side confronted the president of the Spanish Basketball Federation, Jorge Garbajosa, noting that such action "sends a very harmful message to national athletes and has a negative impact on both the present and the future".

However, former player Garbajosa believes that Brown's naturalization is "a decision that will come in handy for Spanish basketball" in order to remain competitive.

"Lorenzo has given up his American passport to play for Spain. He has left many things behind, and it is appreciated," Garbajosa stressed, via COPE.es.

"If you have a player with such a great interest in playing, it would be a mistake to let it go," he added.

The 44-year-old does not think the naturalization will have a negative impact on the young players, who dream about suiting up for the Spanish national team.

"In the last five years, many players have debuted for the Spanish national team. This Federation is giving opportunities to young people."

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Lorenzo Brown

Lorenzo  Brown
Lorenzo  Brown
MIN: 29.36
PTS: 13.75 (55.38%)
REB: 3.63
As: 6.08
ST: 1.5
BL: 0.17
TO: 2.92
GM: 24