Antonello Riva

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Antonello Riva
Medal record
Competitor for  Italy
Men’s Basketball
FIBA EuroBasket
Gold medal – first place 1983 France National Team
Silver medal – second place 1991 Italy National Team

Antonello Riva (born 28 February 1962 in Rovagnate) is an Italian retired professional basketball player. At 6'5" (1.96 m), he played at the shooting guard and small forward positions. He was nicknamed "Nembo Kid". He was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991. In 2004, he was given a trophy to mark his being the top scorer of all-time in the Italian League, with 14,397 points scored. In 2008, he was named one of the 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors.

Playing career[edit]

Riva started playing basketball in the 1977-78 season. He played almost his entire career with Cantù (1977–1989), with whom he won the European Champions Cup (Euroleague) twice, in the seasons 1981-82 and 1982-83. He also won an Italian League championship in 1981.

He also played for Olimpia Milano (1989–1994, with whom he won the Korać Cup in 1993), Victoria Libertas Pesaro (1994–1996), Dinamica Gorizia (Italian 2nd Division, 1996–1998), Cantù (1998–2002), and Sebastiani Rieti (Italian 2nd Division, 2004).

Post playing career[edit]

Riva founded a new basketball team in 2002. He won a career trophy for being the best Italian League scorer of all-time, with 14,397 points scored, in 2004.


Riva is a keen skier.

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