Marcelo Nicola

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Marcelo Nicola
Marcelo Nicola by Augustas Didzgalvis.jpg
Marcelo Nicola with Lietuvos rytas Vilnius
Hapoel Jerusalem
Position Assistant coach
League Ligat HaAl
Personal information
Born (1971-05-12) May 12, 1971 (age 46)
Rafaela, Santa Fe, Argentina
Nationality Argentine / Italian
Listed height 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
NBA draft 1993 / Round: 2 / Pick: 50th overall
Selected by the Houston Rockets
Playing career 1988–2007
Position Power forward
Number 4, 11, 13
Coaching career 2014–present
Career history
As player:
1988–1989 Sport Club Cañadense
1989–1991 Taugrés
1991 Long Island Surf
1991–1996 Taugrés
1996–1997 Panathinaikos
1997–1998 FC Barcelona
1998–2004 Benetton Treviso
2004–2005 BC Kyiv
2005–2006 Montepaschi Siena
2006 Bipop-Carire Reggio Emilia
2006–2007 Tau Cerámica
As coach:
2012–2014 UCAM Murcia (assistant)
2014 UCAM Murcia
2015 Lietuvos rytas Vilnius
2016–present Hapoel Jerusalem (assistant)
Career highlights and awards

Marcelo Patricio Nicola Virginio (born May 12, 1971) is a retired Argentine-Italian[1][2] professional basketball player and the assistant coach of Hapoel Jeruslem from Israel . A very versatile power forward, he was a regular member of the Argentine national basketball team, and competed many years in the Euroleague.

Professional career[edit]

Nicola was selected 50th overall in the 1993 NBA Draft, but remained in Europe and won the Saporta Cup in 1996 with Taugrés, the team in which he made his debut in the Spanish ACB League. He played his best basketball for Benetton Treviso, with which he lifted another Saporta Cup trophy in 1999, and he was selected to the All-Euroleague Second Team for the Euroleague 2001-02 season. He also made it to the Euroleague 2002-03 final game.

Argentine national team[edit]

Nicola was a member of the Argentine national basketball team. With the junior national team of Argentina, he played at the 1993 FIBA Under-21 World Championship. With Argentina's senior men's national team, he played at the 1994 FIBA World Championship, the 1996 Olympics, and the 1998 FIBA World Championship.

Coaching career[edit]

In 2012, Nicola started his coach career as assistant coach in Liga ACB team UCAM Murcia.[3] In 2014, after the sacking of Óscar Quintana, he was named the head coach of the team.

In February 2015, he became the head coach of Lietuvos rytas Vilnius team (Lithuania) after Virginijus Šeškus release. On November 16, 2015, it was announced that Nicola was fired from Lietuvos rytas Vilnius due to poor results.[4]

In the beginning of 2016/17 he joined his former coach Simone pianigiani at The Israeli club Hapoel Jerusalem.


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