Giovanni Pini is an Italian professional basketball player who plays for Sidigas Avellino of the Italian Serie A. He plays at center positions; the Carpi native played for local side Nazareno Basket Carpi before joining Pallacanestro Reggiana for the 2005-06 season. He spent two seasons with the Under-16s and U-18s another two with the U-17s and U-19s, staying with the latter from thereon apart from two games on loan at Stella Azzurra Roma for the 2009 International Junior Tournament. Pini made his professional debut on 12 December 2010 against Casale Monferrato, making a handful more appearances in the second division that season for averages of 2.7 points and 2.5 rebounds in 7.5 minutes per game. He signed his first professional contract with Pallacanestro Reggiana in March 2011, linking him with the club until 2015; the 2011-12 season saw him behind an array of players in the rotation despite playing both center and power forward positions, finishing the season with 2 points and 1.1 rebounds in 7.6 minutes on average.
Reggio Emilia were promoted to the first division Serie A at the end of the season but Pini stayed in LegaDue, moving on loan to Biancoblù Bologna for 2012-13. Positioned as a center he enjoyed more game time with Bologna, playing 12.4 minutes on average for 4.5 points and 2.4 rebounds despite struggling with plantar fasciitis. Returning to Reggio Emilia the next season, he grappled a few minutes in the Serie A for 2 points and 1.7 rebounds, having more impact in the Italian Cup and having a smaller part in the club's run to the European third-tier EuroChallenge title. His contract extended until 2016, Pini missed the start of the season with a muscle injury, taking advantage on his return of Darjuš Lavrinovič's injury to earn accrued playing time, ending the regular season with 2.6 points and 1.4 rebounds in 9.3 minutes per game. He was a spectator during Reggio Emilia's playoffs run, though he decisively scored 8 points in 9 minutes during game 6 of the finals series against Banco di Sardegna Sassari to start a comeback that took the team to within a possession of a championship victory, through they lost the game and the series.
His contract with Pallacanestro Reggiana was rescinded by the club in August 2015, he joined his teammate Riccardo Cervi at Sidigas Avellino by signing with them the same month. Pini played with the Italy national under-16 side at the 2008 FIBA Europe Under-16 Championship, posting 10.5 points and 8.2 rebounds in around 20 minutes per game as the Italians finished thirteenth. With the under-18s, he played sparingly at the 2009 European Championship, before posting 6.6 points, 5.1 rebounds and 1 block per game in the 2010 edition as Italy finished twelfth. He was not selected for any tournaments, he was called up to an extended training camp of the senior Italy team in April 2014 but had to leave because of injury. That same year he took part in the summer tour of the Italy B team in China, though he was used. Serie A profile Retrieved 11 September 2015 RealGM profile Retrieved 11 September 2015
Power forward (basketball)
The power forward known as the four, is one of the five positions in a regulation basketball game. It has been referred to as the "post" position. Power forwards play a role similar to that of center, they play offensively with their backs towards the basket and position themselves defensively under the basket in a zone defense or against the opposing power forward in man-to-man defense. The power forward position entails a variety of responsibilities, one of, rebounding. Many power forwards are noted for their mid-range jump-shot, several players have become accurate from 12 to 18 feet. Earlier, these skills were more exhibited in the European style of play; some power forwards, known as stretch fours, have since extended their shooting range to three-point field goals. In the NBA, power forwards range from 6' 8" to 7' 0" while in the WNBA, power forwards are between 6' 1" and 6' 4". Despite the averages, a variety of players fit "tweener" roles which finds them in the small forward or center position depending on matchups and coaching decisions.
Some power forwards play the center position and have the skills, but lack the height, associated with that position
Pallacanestro Virtus Roma
Pallacanestro Virtus Roma is an Italian professional basketball club based in Rome, Lazio. It plays since the 2015 -- 16 season, it was a major side in Europe, winning the 1983–84 FIBA European Champions Cup, at one time being one of only 13 clubs to hold a EuroLeague A license. However, its standing waned, Virtus became less competitive in both Europe and the domestic LBA - which it had won in 1983 – before being voluntarily relegated to the Italian second division in July 2015. For past club sponsorship names, see sponsorship names; the club was formed by the merger of two Roman sides, San Saba and Gruppo Borgo Cavalleggeri, under the name Virtus Aurelia in the late 1960s, the founding date of San Saba, 1960, was kept as Virtus'. In 1972, Virtus Aurelia merged with GS Banco di Roma, the sporting wing of Banco di Roma, forming Pallacanestro Banco di Roma Virtus; the side reached the Italian second division in 1978, staying two years before moving up to the Italian top level LBA, in 1980. This was the start of an extended stay in the first division, success followed soon after, with the side winning the 1983 championship.
Earning a place in the 1983–84 FIBA European Champions Cup, Virtus went on to win the competition at its first try, with a Larry Wright led squad, that had Clarence Kea, Renzo Tombolato, Fulvio Polesello. Wright was decisive in the EuroLeague Final against FC Barcelona, scoring 27 points, as Roma overturned a 10-point halftime deficit to win the decider; the next season, the Italian club won the 1984 FIBA Intercontinental Cup, after topping a group of international clubs in Brazil. Roma won the 1985–86 FIBA Korać Cup final against Mobilgirgi Caserta; the club's next title was the 1991–92 FIBA Korać Cup, by which time Banco di Roma had been replaced as the club's sponsor by Il Messaggero. A squad comprising Dino Rađa, Rick Mahorn, Roberto Premier, Andrea Niccolai downed Scavolini Pesaro in the two-legged final; the next year, Virtus managed to reach the FIBA Korać Cup final again, but lost the game against Philips Milano. During the 2002–03 season, Carlton Myers led the team to a 25–9 record in the Serie A, as Roma reached the playoff's semifinals.
After adding Dejan Bodiroga as a player, head coach Svetislav Pešić, in the 2005 off-season, Virtus reached the ULEB Cup quarterfinals, the Serie A semifinals, the Italian Cup final, that it lost in overtime. In the summer of 2011, the Italian club's EuroLeague A-license was suspended, after it finished in the bottom half of the Serie A; the next year, it lost the license after having the worst record among A license clubs. It lost its license to EA7 Emporio Armani Milano. In a strange twist, Virtus Roma went on to have an excellent season, unexpectedly, by their own admission, reaching the Serie A finals, which would earn it the right to return to the EuroLeague. However, the club relinquished their rights, as they did not agree to some of the competition's requirements. In particular, paying rent for an arena with the minimum arena capacity, they thus earned a place in the second tier EuroCup instead. In July 2015, despite having satisfied the economic conditions to participate in the Italian top level LBA, the club's management asked to participate instead in the Italian second division Serie A2.
The permission to do so was granted by the Italian Basketball Federation. The cited motive for the move to the lower division, was an insufficient budget to be competitive at the higher level, the desire to restructure the club based on a youth policy. Palazzetto dello Sport: PalaLottomatica:: Virtus played at the 3,500 seating capacity Palazzetto dello Sport arena, until 1983; the club played at the 11,200 seat PalaLottomatica arena, from 1983 to 2011, except between 2000 and 2003, when the arena was undergoing extensive renovation work. After the club down scaled its operations costs, due to reduced funds, Virtus found the operating costs of the PalaLottomatica to be prohibitive, decided to avoid playing in the larger arena. So from 2011 to 2018, it returned to the Palazzetto dello Sport playing games their during the 2013 Italian LBA Finals. In June 9, 2018, Virtus Roma reached a new deal with All Events SpA, the operator of PalaLottomatica, to play at the arena during the Serie A2 2018–19 season.
Total titles: 6 Italian LeagueChampions: 1982–83 Runners-up: 2007–08, 2012–13Italian CupRunners-up: 1989–90, 2005–06Italian SupercupWinners: 2000 EuroLeagueChampions: 1983–84FIBA Korać Cup Champions: 1985–86, 1991–92 Runners-up: 1992–93 Semifinalists: 1997–98European Club Super Cup Runners-up: 1983 FIBA Intercontinental CupChampions: 1984 The following table shows the records from the season 1977–78 in all competitions: Throughout the years, due to sponsorship, the club has been known as: Virtus Aurelia Banco di Roma Virtus Phonola Roma Il Messaggero Roma Virtus Roma Burghy Roma Teorematour Roma Nuova Tirrena Roma Telemarket Roma Calze Pompea Roma Aeroporti di Roma Virtus Würth Roma Lottomatica Roma Acea Roma UniCusano Roma Serie A Historical Results Retrieved 18 July 2015 Eurobasket.com Team Profile
Ariel Filloy is an Argentine-Italian professional basketball player for Scandone Avellino of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A. He plays for the Italian national basketball team. After a period in the second league of the Italian basketball league system, with Dinamo Sassari and Basket Rimini Crabs, he began his Italian LBA experience in 2008, when Armani Jeans Milano offered him a contract until 2012. Filloy played with Milano in the 2011-12 seasons; the player was released by Olimpia Milano in August 2012. He returned to Serie A2 with AcegasAps Trieste. In summer 2013 he joined the LBA league side Pallacanestro Reggiana. In that season he won the FIBA EuroChallenge. Filloy returned to Pistoia Basket and played with them two seasons until 2016. At the end of the 2015-16 season, he signed with Umana Reyer Venezia. LBA profile 10 March 2017 Legadue profile 10 March 2017 http://www.basketballcl.com/16-17/Ariel-FILLOY Basketball Champions League profile] 10 March 2017
2006 FIBA World Championship
The 2006 FIBA World Championship was the 15th FIBA World Championship, the international basketball world championship for men's teams. The tournament was hosted by Japan and held from August 19 to September 3, 2006, it was co-organised by the International Basketball Federation, Japan Basketball Association and the 2006 Organizing Committee. For the first time since 1986, the World Championship was contested by 24 nations, eight more than in 2002; as a result, group rounds were conducted in four cities, with the knockout rounds being hosted by Saitama City. The tournament was won by Spain, who, in the championship final, beat Greece, 70–47, to finish the tournament having won all nine games played. For Spain, it was a record breaking performance at the FIBA World Championship and something the country had never seen before, it was the first time Spain had won Gold in the FIBA World Championship along with it being the first time Spain had won a medal at the FIBA world championship. Pau Gasol became the first Spaniard to win the MVP award.
It was the first time a country has won all nine of its games since 1994 when the United States won all nine games and took the gold medal home. The bronze medal was won by the United States, who defeated Argentina, 96–81, in the third place game, after a crushing loss by Greece. Up to 2014, including the 2014 tournament, it has been the only tournament where neither Yugoslavia or the USA have reached the final. At the start of tournament, all 24 participating countries had 12 players on their roster; the following national teams competed: Japan qualified as the host country, Italy, Puerto Rico and Montenegro, Turkey gained FIBA wild-card invitations. Argentina qualified as the champion of the 2004 Olympics; the remaining 18 countries qualified through their continents' qualifying tournaments. The draw for 2006 World Championship was held in Tokyo on 15 January 2006. In the preliminary rounds, Group A played at Sendai, Group B at Hiroshima, Group C at Hamamatsu and Group D at Sapporo; the Medal Rounds were played at Saitama.
August 19, 2006 August 20, 2006 August 21, 2006 August 23, 2006 August 24, 2006 August 19, 2006 August 20, 2006 August 21, 2006 August 23, 2006 August 24, 2006 August 19, 2006 August 20, 2006 August 22, 2006 August 23, 2006 August 24, 2006 August 19, 2006 August 20, 2006 August 22, 2006 August 23, 2006 August 24, 2006 All times are local. Venue: Saitama Super Arena Since the inaugural competition one of the two teams competing for the title had been either the USA or Yugoslavia. After the latter's breakup, a Former Yugoslav Republic, has taken its place in the final; the 2006 final was the first. The final was an unexpectedly one-sided affair, with Spain dominating from the beginning and limiting Greece to just 47 points, fewer than the Greeks had scored in any single game in the tournament, less than half what Greece had scored against the USA in the semifinals. Spain won despite having lost power forward Pau Gasol, named the tournament's most valuable player, to injury in a semifinal match against Argentina.
Teams that were eliminated at the round of 16 are tied for 9th. Teams that were 5th at their preliminary rounds are tied for 17th. Teams that were 6th at their preliminary rounds are tied for 21st. Pau Gasol Jorge Garbajosa Carmelo Anthony Manu Ginóbili Theodoros Papaloukas For the World Championship, FIBA selected 40 professional referees. • McDonald's FIBA World Championship 2006 official website FIBA official website EuroBasket.com FIBA Basketball World Cup Page
Riccardo Cervi is an Italian professional basketball player for Pallacanestro Reggiana of the Italian Lega Basket Serie A. The Reggio Emilia native joined local side Pallacanestro Reggiana from Basket 2000 Scandiano in the summer of 2006, he was permanently transferred the next year. Cervi was loaned to Stella Azzurra Roma in order to participate in the Nike International Junior Tournament, finishing with 8.3 points and 6.3 rebounds on average. Cervi made his professional debut in the Legadue in 2010, playing 2 statless minutes in his only game that season, he signed his first professional contract, a five-year deal, with Reggio in November 2010 being incorporated into the first squad that season. In 2011-12 he contributed 4.5 points, 4.5 rebounds and a league best 2.2 blocks in 16.6 minutes per game, helping his side earn a promotion to the first division Serie A. For his prowess he was selected as the Legadue's best Italian player, his contract with the side was renegotiated, while the length stayed the same, his salary was increased and an annual NBA escape clause inserted.
After having major knee surgery over the summer, Cervi had a difficult start in his first Serie A season whilst struggling to change his shooting technique. He improved in the last months of the 2012-13 season and was one of the best Reggio players in the playoff series against Acea Roma. After a slow start in 2013-14, he finished the season as a starter, contributing 9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 1.2 blocks per game in the fought playoff series against holders Montepaschi Siena. The same season he posted 3.8 points, 3.6 rebounds and 1.1 blocks in around 14 minutes per game in the European third tier 2013–14 EuroChallenge, including 7 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks in the final, to help Reggio Emilia win the title. The EuroChallenge title gave Reggio Emilia the chance to play in the second tier 2014-15 Eurocup where Cervi posted 5.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 1.2 blocks as the side exited at the group stage. He finished as the second best shot blocker of the 2014-15 Serie A with 1.8 per game. In July 2015 he joined EA7 Emporio Armani Milano, signing a two-year deal with the EuroLeague-playing side.
However, only a few days after the announcement Milan decided to exercise a clause in his contract to release the player. He signed with another Serie A side, Sidigas Avellino on 29 July. Cervi played with the Italy Under-20 squad in the 2011 European Championship, posting 4.2 points, 2.1 rebounds and 1.4 blocks as the side came home with a silver medal. He was part of the Italy B squad. Cervi would make his full international debut for Italy against Germany in July 2014. At 2.16 m, Cervi is an intimidating presence in the paint, a rare characteristic for an Italian, as such he has been called up to Italy squads. He took part in the successful qualification for EuroBasket 2015, with 3.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 2.8 blocks in 13 minutes per game. The center was called to the preliminary squad for the competition in June 2015, but he did not make the final cut. Best Italian in Legadue: 2012 Serie A All Star Game: participant EuroChallenge: winner FIBA Europe Under-20 Championship: Spain 2011 Silver Pallacanestro Reggiana profile Retrieved 29 June 2015 Lega Basket Serie A profile Retrieved 29 June 2015
Reggio nell'Emilia referred to as Reggio Emilia or colloquially Reggio by its inhabitants, is a city in northern Italy, in the Emilia-Romagna region. It is the main comune of the Province of Reggio Emilia; the inhabitants of Reggio nell'Emilia are called Reggiani, while the inhabitants of Reggio di Calabria are called Reggini. The old town has a hexagonal form, which derives from the ancient walls, the main buildings are from the 16th–17th centuries; the comune's territory is on a plain, crossed by the Crostolo stream. Reggio began as a historical site with the construction by Marcus Aemilius Lepidus of the Via Aemilia, leading from Piacenza to Rimini. Reggio became a judicial administration centre, with a forum called at first Regium Lepidi simply Regium, whence the city's current name. During the Roman age Regium is cited only by Festus and Cicero, as one of the military stations on the Via Aemilia. However, it was a flourishing city, a Municipium with its own statutes and art collegia. Apollinaris of Ravenna brought Christianity in the 1st century CE.
The sources confirm the presence of a bishopric in Reggio after the Edict of Milan. In 440 the Reggio diocese was placed under the jurisdiction of Ravenna by Western Roman Emperor Valentinianus III. At the end of the 4th century, Reggio had decayed so much that Saint Ambrose included it among the dilapidated cities. Further damage occurred with the Barbarian invasions. After the deposition of Romulus Augustulus in 476 Reggio was part of Odoacer's realm. In 489 it came under Ostrogothic control. Reggio was chosen as Duchy of Reggio seat. In 773 the Franks took Reggio. Charlemagne gave the bishop the authority to exercise royal authority over the city and established the diocese' limits. In 888 Reggio was handed over to the Kings of Italy. In 899 the Magyars damaged it, killing Bishop Azzo II; as a result of this new walls were built. On 31 October 900 Emperor Louis III gave authority for the erection of a castrum in the city's centre. In 1002 Reggio's territory, together with that of Parma, Modena and Ferrara, were merged into the March of Tuscany held by Matilde of Canossa.
Reggio became a free commune around the beginning of the 12th century. In 1167 it took part in the Battle of Legnano. In 1183 the city signed the Treaty of Konstanz, from which the city's consul, Rolando della Carità, received the imperial investiture; the subsequent peace spurred a period of prosperity: Reggio adopted new statutes, had a mint, schools with celebrated masters, developed its trades and arts. It increasingly subjugated the castles of the neighbouring areas. At this time the Crostolo stream was deviated westwards; the former course of the stream was turned into an avenue called Corso della Ghiara, nowadays Corso Garibaldi. The 12th and 13th century, were a period of violent internal struggle between the Scopazzati and Mazzaperlini parties, those of Ruggeri and Malaguzzi, involved in bitter domestic rivalry. In 1152 Reggio warred with Parma and in 1225 with Modena, as part of the general struggle between the Guelphs and Ghibellines. In 1260 25,000 penitents, led by a Perugine hermit, entered the city, this event calmed the situation for a while, spurring a momentous flourishing of religious fervour.
But disputes soon resurfaced, as early as 1265 the Ghibellines killed the Guelph's leader, Caco da Reggio, gained preeminence. Arguments with the Bishop continued and two new parties formed, the Inferiori and Superiori. Final victory went to the latter. To thwart the abuses of powerful families such as the Sessi and Canossa, the Senate of Reggio gave the city's rule for a period of three years to Obizzo II d'Este; this choice marked the future path of Reggio under the seignory of the latter's family, as Obizzo continued to rule de facto after his mandate has ceased. His son Azzo was expelled by the Reggiani in 1306. In 1310 the Emperor Henry VII imposed Marquis Spinetto Malaspina as vicar, but he was soon driven out; the republic ended in 1326. The city was subsequently under the suzerainty of John of Bohemia, Nicolò Fogliani and Mastino I della Scala, who in 1336 gave it to Luigi Gonzaga. Gonzaga built a citadel in the St. Nazario quarter, destroyed 144 houses. In 1356 the Milanese Visconti, helped by 2,000 exiled Reggiani, captured the city, starting an unsettled period of powersharing with the Gonzaga.
In the end the latter sold Reggio to the Visconti for 5,000 ducats. In 1405 Ottobono Terzi of Parma seized Reggio, but was killed by Michele Attendolo, who handed the city over to Nicolò III d'Este, who therefore became seignor of Reggio; the city however maintained a relevant autonomy, with laws and coinage of its own. Niccolò was succeeded by his illegitimate son Lionello, from 1450, by Borso d'Este. In 1452 Borso was awarded the title of Duke of Modena and Reggio by Frederick III. Borso's successor, Ercole I, imposed heavy levies on the city and appointed the poet Matteo Maria Boiardo, born in the nearby town of Scandiano, as its governor. Another famous Italian writer, Francesco Guicciardini, held the same position. In 1474, Ludovico Ariosto, author of Orlando Furioso, was born in the Malaguzzi palace, near the present day townhall