September 12, 1952 |
Figino Serenza, Italy
|Listed height||6 ft 1.75 in (1.87 m)|
|Listed weight||175 lb (79 kg)|
|Playing career||1969–1991, 2006|
|Career highlights and awards|
|FIBA Hall of Fame as player|
Marzorati is considered one of the best points guards of all time in Europe, and was named the Mister Europa, in 1976. He was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991. In 2007, he was inducted into the Italian Basketball Hall of Fame, and he was also enshrined into the FIBA Hall of Fame. In 2008, he was chosen as one of the 50 Greatest Euroleague Contributors.
Club playing career
Marzorati was one of the key players of the Cantù team (in which he played from 1969 to 1991), winning 2 Italian League championships]] (in 1975, and 1981), 2 European Champions' Cup (Euroleague) titles (1982 and 1983), 4 Cup Winners' Cups (1977, 1978, 1979, and 1981), 4 Korać Cups (1973, 1974, 1975, and 1991) and 2 FIBA Intercontinental Cups (1975 and 1982).
In July 2006, Marzorati decided to come back at age 54, to top class competitions with Cantù, for the 70th anniversary of the team. On October 6, 2006, he finally appeared in an official game for Cantù, playing two minutes in an Italian League game, against the Italian national league champions Benetton Treviso. Cantù won 70-69. This way, he became the first (and only) basketball player in history to have played official games in five different decades, as well as the oldest professional basketball player to have ever taken part in an official game.
Italian national team
Marzorati played in 278 games for the Italian national basketball team, scoring 2,209 points. He won the silver medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow, the gold medal at the FIBA EuroBasket 1983, plus three bronze medals at the 1971, 1975, and 1985 FIBA EuroBaskets.
Post playing career
He first announced his retirement from his playing career in 1991, after having played his whole career with Cantù. After that, he became a vice-president for the club, and served in that capacity until 1996.