The first article I was asked to write when I joined Viva the Matadors 18 months ago was about a young Italian basketball player who had decided to accept Chris Beard’s offer and commit to Texas Tech. I am from Italy, too, so I saw this as something that could bode well. If you are interested, the article is here. Towards the end of that article I...

As the October night wore on, Clippers players, coaches and executives took turns standing and addressing the gathering in the private room at a Beverly Hills steakhouse. Some used the occasion of the team's annual preseason dinner to speak about the most important influences on their lives. Others kept the mood light. When it came time for a...

Head Men’s Basketball Coach at St. Joseph High School – became all time win leader in Illinois during February 2017. Gene Pingatore was born and raised in Cicero, Illinois, the son of Annette and Frank Pingatore. While at St. Mel’s High School, Gene was an Honors student and three year varsity letter winner in basketball and a member of the 1954 Ci...

The future of Italian basketball looks westward. Inside United States limits, to be exact, where Nico Mannion looks like he might have a sensational career. Arizona's redhead, a five-star recruit already committed to the Wildcats, has chosen to represent the nation of his mother, Gaia Bianchi, an Italian former volleyball player. He made his first...

THE GIUSEPPE ZANOTTI BOUTIQUE in River Oaks District is already small, but it felt positively cramped Sunday night when some of Houston’s biggest—and tallest—stars came out for the Urchin Rocks sneaker launch. The new special-edition sneaker is a collaboration between the famed Italian luxury designer and Houston Rockets forward P.J. Tucker, a self...

Who is the greatest basketball player of all time? It's not Michael Jordan. That distinction belongs to hall of fame forward, Hank Luisetti, the first person to sore fifty points in a game, the innovator of the running one-handed shot, and the one responsible for paving the road to March Madness and the formation of the NBA. Nobody—not even Jordan...

Ooooommmmm. Magari non sarà tutto merito della meditazione o del chaturanga dandasana (ovvero la posizione del bastone a terra, come spiegano quelli che ne sanno), ma se c’è una squadra sorprendentemente in testa alla classifica della Western Conference della Nba, quella dove si azzuffano Warriors, Rockets, Thunder, Nuggets (in ordine sparso), per...

«A essere sincero, ero seduto sulla tazza del water». Tra leggenda e realtà, sempre meglio la prima. Lo diceva Red Auerbach, l’inventore della dinastia dei Boston Celtics. E quindi questo articolo dovrebbe cominciare così. C’era una volta un italiano che sognava di fare il fotografo per l’Olimpo del basket Nba e per questo inseguì il suo sogno amer...

Dan Peterson, a short, white-haired, 82-year-old man who looked perfectly Italian in a puffy vest over a sharp gray suit, took his courtside seat before a recent Olimpia Milano basketball game. “Buonasera, coach!” his fans said. They wanted handshakes. They wanted selfies. They wanted to say they had met Dan Peterson. Peterson is one of the most ov...

Today, Portillo’s proudly announces a new partnership with the six-time World Champion Chicago Bulls. The Chicago icons are collaborating on a new post-game promotion called Fourth Quarter Franks, which awards home game attendees with a complimentary hot dog if the opposing team misses two consecutive free throws in the Fourth Quarter. Bulls ticket...