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Jaime Echenique reflects on his journey to the NBA after Wizards’ win

The rookie center played three minutes last night and fulfilled a dream while making history along the way.

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Washington Wizards center Jaime Echenique only played three minutes last night in Washington’s win 110-93 over the Cleveland Cavaliers. He only played three minutes in garbage time and didn’t record a single stat besides minutes. But by playing last night, Echenique also became the first Colombian player to play in an NBA game.

And regardless of whether a player becomes an all-time great like Michael Jordan or an “end-of-the-bench” player for a year, making the NBA is a very difficult feat. It’s an honor for anyone to make it to the best men’s professional basketball league in the world.

After the game, Echenique was in postgame media where he answered questions by both the local media and Spanish-language media where he was emotional and in tears at several points. He mentioned that his journey to the NBA came after suffering a torn patella tendon injury last January while playing in Spain. And he calls his NBA debut one “hell of a year, best way to close the year.”

He also mentioned that his debut is something for his country and town in addition to himself.

Echenique is currently on a 10-day hardship contract with the Wizards. Hopefully, we’ll get to see some more game action from him now that the first game jitters are out of the way.

¡Felicidades Jaime!