Gianmarco Pozzecco

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Gianmarco Pozzecco
Gianmarco Pozzecco - Orlandina Basket 2013 - 02.JPG
Orlandina Basket
Head Coach
Personal information
Born (1972-09-15) September 15, 1972 (age 41)
Gorizia, Italy
Nationality Italian
Listed height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Career information
Pro playing career 1991–2010
Position Point guard
Coaching career 2012–present
Career history
As player:
1991–1993 A.P.U. Udine
1993–1994 Libertas Livorno
1994–2002 Pallacanestro Varese
2002–2005 Fortitudo Bologna
2005 CAI Zaragoza
2005–2007 BC Khimki
2007–2008 Orlandina Basket
2009 Servolana Trieste
2010 Orlandina Basket
As coach:
2012–present Orlandina Basket

Gianmarco Pozzecco (born September 15, 1972) is an Italian basketball coach and a former player, an all-around offensive talent.[citation needed] He won, for seven years, the ranking for the top assistmen in Italian League.

Career[edit]

In 1999 he won the Italian League and the Italian Supercup with Varese. In 2004 he lost the Euroleague Final Four against Maccabi Tel Aviv. He played from 1999 to 2001 in the Italian All Star Game and in the 1999 McDonald’s Open Championship.

In 2001 he tried to join an NBA franchise and attended a Summer League with Toronto Raptors, but his physical weakness prevented it.[citation needed]

Coaching career[edit]

After his retirement as a player, he spent few years as a broadcaster for Sky Sport and Sportitalia. On November 13, 2012 he is hired as the head coach of Orlandina Basket, the team which he ended his playing career with.

National team career[edit]

He joined the Azzurri in 1997 and the following year participated in the World Championship; however, he had some arguments with coach Bogdan Tanjevic who left him out of the winning roster at Eurobasket 1999.

New Italian coach Carlo Recalcati let him return to the team, and although he lost the calling for Eurobasket 2003, Pozzecco was part of the roster that won the silver medal at the Olympic Games in 2004. The following year he was part of the unlucky Italian squad at Eurobasket 2005.

The player, the man[edit]

Pozzecco is 181 centimeters tall, and played the position of point guard. He had great technical skills, court-vision, and shooting ability. He was a player full of fantasy, but weak on defense.

He is famous for his eccentric character, and, although it has caused problems for him with coaches through the years, it made him one of the most valued players in Italy. His nicknames are “Poz”, and “La Mosca Atomica” (The Atomic Fly). Although he was born in Gorizia and he grew up as a basketball player in Udine, he is from Trieste.

NBA star Tim Duncan said he was impressed by the Italian player.

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