Leandro Barbosa retires, returns to Warriors as player mentor coach

2020-09-14T21:21:22+00:00 2020-09-14T21:21:22+00:00.

Antigoni Zachari

14/Sep/20 21:21

Eurohoops.net

The veteran Brazilian guard calls it a day from action to pursue a new career with the Warriors as a player mentor coach.

By Eurohoops team / info@eurohoops.net

Former NBA champion with the Golden State Warriors and Sixth Man of the Year Leandro Barbosa announced he is retiring from basketball at 37, though he will not stray far from the courts, as he is returning to the Warriors as a player mentor coach.

Barbosa was selected with the 28th pick at the 2003 NBA draft by the San Antonio Spurs, though he made his debut with the Phoenix Suns that year, before moving to Toronto Raptors in 2010. Ever since, he’d play for Phoenix Suns and Boston Celtics, and eventually, Warriors.

He has won the FIBA AmeriCup twice with the Brazilian national team (2005, 2009), while he also appeared in last year’s FIBA World Cup in China where Brazil finished 13th.