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Antonello Riva (born 28 February 1962 in Rovagnate) is an Italian retired professional basketball player. At 6'5" (1.96 m), he played at the shooting guard and small forward positions. He was nicknamed "Nembo Kid". He was named one of FIBA's 50 Greatest Players in 1991. In 2004, he was given a trophy to mark his being the top scorer of all-time in the Italian League, with 14,397 points scored.[1] In 2008, he was named one of the 50 Greatest EuroLeague Contributors.

Antonello Riva
Personal information
Born (1962-02-28) February 28, 1962 (age 57)
Rovagnate, Lecco, Italy
NationalityItalian
Listed height6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Listed weight220 lb (100 kg)
Career information
Playing career1977–2005, 2014
PositionShooting guard / Small forward
Career history
1977–1989Cantù
1989–1994Olimpia Milano
1994–1996V.L. Pesaro
1996–1998Nuova Pallacanestro Gorizia
1998–2002Cantù
2002–2005NSB Rieti
2014Leopandrillo Cantù
Career highlights and awards

Italian League career stats leaders

Professional careerEdit

Riva started playing club basketball in the 1977–78 season. He played most of his career with Cantù (1977–1989, 1998–2002), with whom he won the FIBA European Champions Cup (now called EuroLeague) twice, in the seasons 1981–82 and 1982–83. He also won an Italian League championship in 1981.

He also played with Olimpia Milano (1989–1994, with whom he won the FIBA Korać Cup in 1993), Victoria Libertas Pesaro (1994–1996), Dinamica Gorizia (Italian 2nd Division, 1996–1998), and Sebastiani Rieti (Italian 2nd Division, 2004).

National team careerEdit

Riva was a member of the senior Italian national basketball team. He is the all-time leading scorer in the history of the senior men's Italian national basketball team, with 3,785 points scored.[2] With Italy, he played at the following major FIBA tournaments: the 1983 EuroBasket, the 1984 Summer Olympics, the 1986 FIBA World Championship, the 1987 EuroBasket, the 1989 EuroBasket, the 1990 FIBA World Championship, and the 1991 EuroBasket.

He won a gold medal at EuroBasket 1983, and a silver medal at EuroBasket 1991.[3]

Post-playing careerEdit

Riva founded a new basketball team in 2002. He won a career trophy for being the best scorer of all-time, of the Italian League, with 14,397 points scored, in 2004.

PersonalEdit

Riva is a keen skier.

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