Here's the 12-men roster for the game against France:
1. Amoroso Valerio (80, 204, A/C, Bancatercas Teramo)
2. Bargnani Andrea (85, 213, A/C, Toronto Raptors)
3. Belinelli Marco Stefano (86, 196, G, Toronto Raptors)
4. Cusin Marco (85, 211, C, Vanoli Soresina)
5. Datome Luigi Dal (87, 203, A, Lottomatica Roma)
6. Giachetti Jacopo (83, 192, Pm, Lottomatica Roma)
7. Gigli Angelo (83, 209, A/C, Lottomatica Roma)
8. Mancinelli Stefano (83, 203, A, AJ Milano)
9. Mordente Marco (79, 190, G, AJ Milano)
10. Poeta Giuseppe (85, 192, Pm, Bancatercas Teramo)
11. Soragna Matteo (75, 198, A, Angelico Biella)
12. Vitali Luca (86, 201, Pm, AJ Milano)
Crosariol is injured and was replaced bu Cusin while Hackett is out as well (probably because we don't need his difense since Parker won't play, and he's not in great shape)...
I don't agree with Recalcati about Aradori sent home... apart Belinelli, we don't have another perimeter player so talented among the guards and small forwards.
How about that kid that played for Italian youth national teams born in 1987 he's 217 cm tall. I know his stats weren't that impressive on those championships. But he is a big kid. Did he make any progress at all????
Last edited by Srle; 08-04-2009 at 03:10 PM.
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220cm wasted at this point...
Our big men situation is not that bright to be honest... the only center with some potential physically is Crosariol but his head is not always connected to say the least.
Cusin also is not bad athletically but lacks experience at this point (already 24 y old)... this year he'll play his first season as starter in the Legauno.
Among youngers we have few names... Renzi (1989) is good but probably is more a PF than a C. Eventually a finesse C...
We have some names born in 1991 or later but it's early to say where they can go...
In this context we are forced to put Bargnani as center, because he has at least the basketball talent... but we know he's not a center by any mean, height and size apart.
Raisport Più streaming but it should be only available for italian users...
Maybe the game on sat (Raisport Più is a free channel on sat too) isn't crypted who knows...
So.....who'll be the new coach?
2nd coming of Messina maybe?
I think the main candidate is Pianigiani from MPS Siena (as part-time coach as well)... but there's also the chance our federation keeps Recalcati!!!
The last results of our NT are bad and Italy will miss the next world cup but we have a lot of talented players in NBA and in Europe. During the past year, several italo-american players have shown great talent in high-school competition and they are among the best 100 players in their year class in USA.
That's why I think that players like Brandon Cataldo, Ben Vozzola, Alex Rossi,
Chad Calcaterra and Mike Marciano could help Bargnani, Gallinari and Belinelli in the future.
Cataldo (6'10 270) is a very strong center and as I know Italy don't have any solid center actually. Calcaterra and Marciano are also 6'10 tall. While Vozzola and Rossi are both shooting-guards.
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