On Monday the former NBA and Olympic hero, point guard Carlos Arroyo announced that he was parting ways with the Turkish Euroleague Club Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul S.K. due to an unfortunate financial quarrel with the Istanbul franchise. Mr. Arroyo did not play in Sunday's game but made the following statement from Istanbul:
"I am deeply saddened to inform the press and the great fans here in Istanbul of my decision to conclude my time with Galatasaray. My decision to leave the team came only after long and careful consideration. It is with regret, yet firm conviction, that under the team's current unstable financial situation, I can no longer be a part of the Galatasaray team. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the faithful fans ofGalatasaray for the love and respect they have shown me over the last three years. You will always have a place in my heart. I also would like to thank Coach Ataman for placing his utter confidence in me during these memorable years. I will forever be thankful for everything you have done for my career.
To my teammates, thank you for pushing me and inspiring me when I needed it most! I will miss you guys the most."
Arroyo had been Galatasaray's leading scorer and team captain since he signed with the Club in January 2013. He is a Puerto Rican national and played for eight seasons in the NBA before joining Besiktas and then Galatasaray. In one of his many career highlights, Arroyo led the Puerto Rico Olympic basketball team to a rare victory over the USA in the 2004 Olympics.