Graffignana is a rural Italian city about 25 miles south of Milan. It has a population of about 2,500. But less than two decades ago, it was closer to 2,000, and Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari was one of them. “Everybody knows each other,” Gallianari said about his hometown. “It’s in between hills and trees and a lot of land.” Gallinari’s father,...

Union-Endicott graduate Sonny Spera is one of five who will be honored at the 55th annual Syracuse University LetterWinner of Distinction event Nov. 1 at the OnCenter. Joining Spera will be Rob Edson, Gordon Gronkowski, Brad Kotz and Kerri Potts. Those to be honored succeeded athletically and after graduation from SU. On the court, Spera averaged 2...

One of the top incoming players or the 2019-20 season, according to Sports Illustrated, the Italian born sensation Nico Mannion is ranked No.6. He will be the leader for Arizona Basketball this upcoming season and will look to take the Wildcats on a deep run in March. Only a freshman, expectations will be high for him but great players live up for...

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has signed free agent forward Nicolò Melli. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Melli, 6-9, 235, joins the Pelicans after a successful 12-year professional career in Europe with stops in Italy (Reggiana, Olimpia Milano, VL Pesaro), Germany (Brose Bamberg) and most recently Tu...

A handful of Gonzaga players considered professional options versus returning to the Zags following the 2019 season. So did a member of GU’s coaching staff, minus the fanfare and headlines. Riccardo Fois found himself in Phoenix – staying at the same hotel where the Zags stayed at the 2017 Final Four – to interview for the position of player develo...

The Thunder obtained Danilo Gallinari from the Clippers in the Paul George trade on Saturday. Gallinari’s future is not certain; it’s always possible he could be packaged in another trade. But in case Gallinari stays with the Thunder, here are 10 things you might not have known or remembered about the 6-foot-10 Italian: 1. Gallinari’s nickname is “...

Around 1 a.m. this morning, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Oklahoma City Thunder will be trading superstar Paul George to the Los Angeles Clippers for Danilo Gallinari, Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and a bevy of future draft picks. The news shocked Thunder fans and sent reverberations around the NBA world, as Wojnarowski also reported that...

Matt Costello and his wife have talked about settling down and starting a family. But, for now, home is where the hoop is. After winning Mr. Basketball at Bay City Western in 2012 and helping Michigan State University reach the Final Four in 2015, basketball is now Costello's job. And his work has taken him across the country and around the globe....

Nicolo Melli is leaving Fenerbahce BEKO as Adrian Wojnarowski reported first and Eurohoops sources confirm. Melli is finalizing a two-season deal and will join the Pelicans after using the NBA opt-out option on the three-year contract he signed in 2017. Fenerbahce BEKO will receive a buyout. The 28-years old Melli was also on the radar of the Atlan...

A Grizzlies icon once described as a "living, breathing scouting computer" who was "disguised in the package of a short, jolly Italian man" died Tuesday. Tony Barone Sr. was 72. Barone's 11-year run with the Grizzlies ended in 2012. He began and ended his time with the franchise as director of player personnel. In between, the Chicago native and fo...