The Wolves sold their final draft pick to the Rockets, who selected Italian swingman Alessandro Gentile No. 53 overall. Gentile is 6'6″ but he has a guard's skill-set, and made 38.5 percent of his 3-pointers in the Italian league last season. Rockets GM Daryl Morey said that the 21-year-old prospect may even crack the rotation as a rookie.  ...

It was 10 a.m. on a typical warm May morning, and Jerry Colangelo cruised down North Central Avenue in his all-black Mercedes-Benz with tinted windows. He's listening to faint music by Frank Sinatra on the Siriusly Sinatra SiriusXM Radio channel.   "I always have Sinatra on," Colangelo said. "The Italian neighborhood [near] Chicago I'm...

by Rick Bonnell   The Charlotte Hornets agreed to trade the No. 22 pick in Thursday's NBA draft to the Sacramento Kings in return for veteran shooting guard Marco Belinelli, an informed source said. The deal cannot be formally completed until next month, when the NBA's new salary cap kicks in. But the two teams agreed that the Hornets w...

by Tim Griffin   UTSA has announced that top Italian point guard prospect Giovanni De Nicolao has become the fourth signee in the school's 2016 recruiting class. De Nicolao is a 6-foot-3 point guard from Camposampiero, Italy who was named to the Italian Junior National Team in April and aided the squad as it prepared to compete at the E...

by Drew Davis   The Denver Nuggets' Danilo Gallinari continues to shake off rust, leading Italy to a third straight win in EuroBasket. Gallinari, who has missed a lot of time over past few seasons for the Nuggets, led Italy to a 68-63 victory over Russia. The game was another warm-up for the EuroBasket 2015 tournament, also to be played...

by Alex Kramers   A sharpshooting swingman with a knack for stepping up at crucial junctures, Marco Belinelli is an undoubtedly welcome addition to a Sacramento squad that ranked 28th in both three-point makes (461) and attempts (1,350) and 20th in three-point percentage (34.1) in 2014-15. The ninth-year pro placed fifth in the League in do...

by Vincent Goodwill   Auburn Hills -- Sporting a ponytail and speaking better-than-expected English, new Piston Luigi Datome hopes to make a smooth transition to the NBA. He's eager to prove he belongs at the highest level of basketball.   "I want to come here and show I deserve to be an NBA player," said Datome, who'll wear jersey nu...

by Mark Weinreich   Knicks forward Andrea Bargnani's recovery was without a timetable back in January when he suffered a torn ligament in his elbow, and Ian Begley of ESPN tweeted this week that despite nearly two months of rehab, the 28-year-old Italian native could be out for the rest of New York's regular season.   With the Knicks...

Andrea Bargnani has had an interesting career so far in the NBA. A seven-footer with a repertoire of skills on the offensive end, he was picked first overall in the 2006 NBA Draft by the Toronto Raptors. Before the 2013-14 season, the New York Knicks acquired the Italian for a group of players, two second-round picks and their 2016 first-rounder....

I Cardinals di Louisville hanno vinto il titolo NCAA n.75 battendo Michigan 82-76 nell'immenso Giorgia Dome di Atlanta con una folla record di 74 mila spettatori. Il basket è uno sport che va di fretta, e molte cose inaspettate sono successe in questi giorni al coach dei vincitori, Rick Pitino, newyorkese di 60 anni, sempre azzimato ed elegante co...