Italian Basketball Hall of Fame

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The Italian Basketball Hall of Fame (Italian: Italia Basket Hall of Fame, IBHOF) honours individuals (or whole teams) that have contributed to the spread and improvement of Italian basketball, through their sporting contributions, their behaviour and their actions in support of the game in Italy.[1]

The Italian Basketball Federation has inducted a class every year since 2007 (counting for the previous year) with an official ceremony that crowns athletes (male and female), coaches, referees or other figureheads who have contributed to Italian basketball, with a maximum of seven inductees per yer (teams exempted). Those also in the Naismith Hall of Fame or the FIBA Hall of Fame are not limited in number, in addition, two individuals who are deceased at most can also be inducted in memoriam yearly.[1]

History[edit]

The Hall of Fame was established by the Italian Basketball Federation (FIP) on 16 September 2006, with the first class (that of 2006) inducted on 11 February 2007 in Bologna. Sandro Riminucci, who broke a Serie A record with 77 points in 1963, Sandro Gamba, who had a hand in defeating the Soviet Union national basketball team at the 1980 Olympics, Dado Lombardi and Paolo Vittori were honoured as well as Cesare Rubini (a Naismith Hall of Fame member like Gamba) and Dino Meneghin (in both the Naismith and FIBA Hall of Fame).[2]

The 2008 class, inducted in Bologna on 22 February 2009, saw former Virtus Bologna coach Ettore Messina amongst the inductees.[3]

The 2014 class, inducted in Rome on 23 March 2015, had a number of former Pallacanestro Varese members; Antonio Bulgheroni was crowned for his career both as Varese player (winning three Serie A titles) and president (adding the 1999 title to become the only person to have won both as player and president), whilst Marino Zanatta and Fabrizio Della Fiori were honoured for their playing contributions to their clubs and the national team.[4]

Inductees[edit]

Athletes[edit]

The honour is bestowed on athletes that have distinguished themselves on the domestic or international front, with either a minimum of 50 or 30 national team call-ups to respectively the men's national team and the women's national team, a domestic first division (Serie A) title, European cup title or a medal at the senior European championships, world championships or Olympic Games. They have to have stopped playing for at least five years prior to the nomination.[5]

Coaches[edit]

The honour is bestowed to coaches who have distinguished themselves at home or abroad, winning either a medal at the senior European championships, world championships or Olympic Games, a European club competition or the first division title (Serie A) with either men's or women's teams and clubs. They have to be at least 65 years old at their nomination and possess a national coaching license, only one can be designated per year.[5]

Teams[edit]

The honour can be bestowed to an Italian basketball club that has distinguished itself on the national or international scene, winning first division titles or European cups, and who has through its actions and results left a vivid memory to basketball followers. If the club is defunct, the prize can be received by a representative former member. It can also be awarded to an Italian national team (men's or women's) that has won a medal in a European championship, world championship or Olympic Games.[5]

Referees[edit]

The honour can be bestowed to referees who have distinguished themselves at home or abroad, officiating for at least 10 years, they must have participated in at least a senior European championship, world championship, Olympic Games or European cup final for clubs, for either men or women. The awardee must have stopped officiating for at least five years prior to the award, only one can be designated per year.[5]

Contributors ("a life for basketball")[edit]

The "a life for basketball" honour (Italian: premio "una vita per il basket") is awarded to those who have contributed significantly for the development of Italian basketball be it domestically or internationally, receiving a recognition of their actions from Italian or international sports organisations. Any contributor who has been involved in Italian basketball for at least twenty years can be designated, with a single designation per year unless special circumstances.[5]

In memoriam[edit]

The Hall of Fame can also honour deceased individuals who have contributed significantly for the development of Italian basketball be it domestically or internationally.. A single awardee can be chosen each year, nominations aren't accepted and the Federation chooses the individual honoured in memoriam itself.[5]

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