Gianmarco Pozzecco

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Gianmarco Pozzecco
Gianmarco Pozzecco - Orlandina Basket 2013 - 01.JPG
Pozzecco coaching Orlandina Basket in March 2013.
Cedevita Zagreb
Position Assistant coach
League Croatian League
ABA League
EuroCup
Personal information
Born (1972-09-15) September 15, 1972 (age 44)
Gorizia, Italy
Nationality Italian
Listed height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Career information
NBA draft 1994 / Undrafted
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:
2012–2014 Orlandina Basket
2014–2015 Pallacanestro Varese
2015–present Cedevita Zagreb (assistant)

Gianmarco Pozzecco (born September 15, 1972) is an Italian professional basketball coach and a former player. He currently serves as an assistant coach of Cedevita Zagreb.

Professional 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 the NBA franchise attending the Summer League with the Toronto Raptors, but the attempt was unsuccessful.[citation needed] He had the most assists per game in seven seasons of the Italian League.

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 was hired as the head coach of Orlandina Basket, the team which he ended his playing career with. In 2014, he went back to Varese as a head coach. On July 3, 2015, he parted ways with Varese.[1]

Day later, on July 4, 2015, he signed with the Croatian team Cedevita Zagreb to be the team's assistant coach.[2]

International career[edit]

He joined the Italian national basketball team in 1997 and the following year participated in the World Championship; however, he had some arguments with coach Bogdan Tanjević who left him out of the talented roster at the Eurobasket 1999.

New Italian coach Carlo Recalcati let him return to the team, and although he lost the calling for the 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 Italian squad at the Eurobasket 2005.

Player profile[edit]

Standing at 1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in), he played at the point guard position. He had great technical skills, court-vision, and shooting ability. He was a player full of fantasy, but weak on defense. He was dubbed as an all-around offensive talent.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

NBA star Tim Duncan once said that he was impressed by the Italian player.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Gianmarco Pozzecco, Pallacanestro Varese part ways". sportando.com. 3 July 2015. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  2. ^ "Cedevita Zagreb officially alnds Gianmarco Pozzecco as assistant coach". sportando.com. 4 July 2015. Retrieved 30 September 2015. 
  3. ^ Cimini, Biagio (15 November 2013). "Pozzecco rubò palla a Jordan! Gli dissero"Taci"..e lui mise la tripla!". basketlive.it (in Italian). Retrieved 30 September 2015. 

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