Lega Basket All Star Game


The Lega Basket All Star Game, also commonly known as the Italian Basketball All-Star Game, is an all-star game that organised annually by the Lega Basket, in conjunction with RCS Sport and the Italian Basketball Federation. It brings together a selection of players from the Lega Basket Serie A (LBA), which is the highest-tier level professional basketball league in Italy, to play between themselves, or against another opponent. First held in 1982, the event has seen a fluctuating history, with numerous changes to its format through the years, including the participation of the senior men's Italian national team.

Starting with the 2016–17 season, the annual edition of the All-Star Game was not held.[1]

HistoryEdit

The Italian Basketball Federation organised an All-Star Game in 1980, to celebrate the Italian national team's silver medal at the 1980 Summer Olympics. The first official All-Star Game, which was held on 12 May 1982, was organised by the Lega Basket, which is the entity responsible for organizing the top two professional leagues in Italy, the first-tier level Serie A and the second-tier level Serie A2. Two teams from the respective divisions and the coaches, were chosen by the public, at the league's games, a few weeks before the all-star game, which was held at the Palasport di San Siro in Milan.[2]

For the November 1992 edition, the event was named the ULEB All-Star Game, and it was organised in partnership with the Spanish ACB League's organizing body, the ACB. A squad from each league competed in the game, which was held in Madrid. The formula was repeated the next year, that time in Rome. The 1994 edition of the ULEB All-Star Game, also featured a team of the top-tier level French Pro A League's LNB All-Stars.[3] The three squads, which were mostly made up of foreign players, played each other in games of a single 20 minute quarter, in Valencia's Fuente de San Luis.[4]

The senior men's Italian national team has participated in a number of All-Star Games. Originally, the squad of Serie A based players was very similar to the main squad, with only one player (the Spain-based Nikola Radulović) from the 2003 EuroBasket bronze medal team absent for the December 2003 edition.[5] In later editions, with the departure of a number of players abroad (to the NBA for example), the Italian squads were more experimental, and consisted mostly of reserve team players and promising young players.[6][7]

The 2014 and 2015 editions saw the absence of EA7 Emporio Armani Milano players, as the club was involved in EuroLeague games during the same period.[7][8] In November 2016, Lega Basket canceled the All-Star Game for the 2016–17 LBA season. That was decided by the General Meeting of the LBA clubs, which met in Bologna, at the headquarters of the Lega Basket. According to Lega Basket's president, Egidio Bianchi, the Lega Basket was unable to produce an interesting format under which to hold the All-Star Game.[9]

EditionsEdit

Season Date Location Result MVP
1981–82
12 May 1982 Palasport di San Siro, Milan A2 Caselli 133–125 A1 Tempest   Mike D'Antoni /   Abdul Jeelani
1982–83
9 February 1983 Caserta A1 Ocean Star 137–121 A2 Malaguti   Clyde Bradshaw
1983–84
29 February 1984 Treviso A1 S.O.S. 140–127 A2 Tempest   Stan Pietkiewicz
1984–85
13 February 1985 Florence A1 Liberti 149–143 A2 Nuova Stampa   Joe Bryant
1985–86
18 December 1985 Rome A2 E.M.M. 120–112 A1 Riccadonna   Joe Bryant (2)
1986–87
17 December 1986 Rome A1 Reebok 177–147 A2 Reebok -
1987–88
21 November 1987 Rome A1 Reebok 157–154 A2 Reebok   Oscar Schmidt
1988–89
26 November 1988 Rome A1 Reebok 167–143 A2 Reebok   Micheal Ray Richardson
1989–90
25 November 1989 Rome South Reebok 178–166 North Reebok   Wes Matthews
1990–91
1 December 1990 Rome South Paluani 182–176 North Paluani   Michael Cooper
1991–92
16 November 1991 Rome Italy 136–122 Paluani All-Stars   Dino Rađa
1992–93
(ULEB Edition)
14 November 1992 Madrid All-Stars of Spain Fiat 136–123 All-Stars of Italy Polti   Arvydas Sabonis
(ACB All-Stars)
1993–94
(ULEB Edition)
13 November 1993 Rome All-Stars of Italy Polti 135–131 All-Stars of Spain   Micheal Ray Richardson (2)
(Lega All-Stars)
1994–95
(ULEB Edition)
14 November 1994 Fuente de San Luis, Valencia All-Stars of Italy 58–54 All-Stars of France
All-Stars of Spain 59–43 All-Stars of France
All-Stars of Italy 53–48 All-Stars of Spain
  Aleksandar Đorđević
(Lega All-Stars)
1995–96
24 February 1996 Rome Bostik All-Stars 113–112 Italy   Orlando Woolridge
1996–97
22 February 1997 Pesaro Bostik All-Stars 131–127 Italy    Mike Iuzzolino
1997–98
30 November 1997 Florence Bostik All-Stars 121–116 Italy   Thurl Bailey
1998–99
29 November 1998 Naples Bison All-Stars 167–145 Uhu All-Stars   Vincenzo Esposito
1999–00
27 November 1999 PalaMalaguti, Casalecchio di Reno Italy 99–81 Champion All-Stars   Andrea Meneghin
2000–01
25 January 2001 PalaTrieste, Trieste Italy 101–83 Champion All-Stars   Gregor Fučka
2003–04
13 December 2003 PalaFiumara, Genoa All-Stars 106–99 Italy   Maurice Evans
2004–05
11 December 2004 PalaRuffini, Turin Italy 100–98 All-Stars   James Singleton
2005–06
11 December 2005 PalaMalaguti, Casalecchio di Reno AIL All-Star 112–101 Quadrifoglio Verde All-Star   Carlton Myers
2006–07
23 December 2006 PalaRuffini, Turin Italy 96–73 Champion All-Stars   Massimo Bulleri
2010–11
13 March 2011 Mediolanum Forum, Milan Italy 90–88 All-Stars   Stefano Mancinelli
2011–12
11 March 2012 Adriatic Arena, Pesaro Italy 91–85 All-Stars   Daniel Hackett
2012–13
16 December 2012 BiellaForum, Biella Italy 107–92 All-Stars   Stefano Gentile
2013–14
13 April 2014 PalaRossini, Ancona Italy 76–59 All-Stars   Stefano Gentile (2)
2014–15[10]
17 January 2015 PalaOlimpia, Verona Named Sport Team 146–143 Dolomiti Energia Team   Christian Eyenga
2015–16
10 January 2016 PalaTrento, Trento Cavit Team 154–148 Dolomiti Energia Team   Alex Kirk
2016–17
Not held[1]
2017–18

Three-Point ContestEdit

 
Bob McAdoo won the three-point shootout contest in 1986.
 
Danilo Gallinari won the three-point shootout contest in 2006.

The Three-point contest (Italian: gara del tiro da tre punti), known as the Festina Three Points Contest for sponsorship reasons, was first organised during the December 1986 edition of the all-star game. Oscar Schmidt is the record-holder with four wins in total. He won the Italian League's contest three times (1987, 1988, 1989), and also won it once as a member of the Spanish League All-Star team, during the 1993 All-Star Game 3-Point Contest, which was held between the Spanish League's All-Stars and the Italian League's All-Stars. He also added an unofficial title in December 2003, after he beat the competition's official winner Michele Mian, in an extra contest after the official one.[11]

The latest edition to date (2015), saw the contestants try to score as many three-point field goals as possible, from five shooting positions around the three-point line. With each position consisting of a rack with four balls worth three-points, and a special "Money Ball" worth six; for a total of twenty five shots in one minute, with the highest score crowning the winner.[12]

Results
Season Winner Runner-up
1986–87
  Bob McAdoo -
1987–88
  Oscar Schmidt -
1988–89
  Oscar Schmidt (2) -
1989–90
  Oscar Schmidt (3) -
1990–91
  Michael Cooper -
1991–92
  Alessandro Fantozzi -
1992–93
(ULEB Edition)
  Danko Cvjetićanin
(ACB All-Stars)
-
1993–94
(ULEB Edition)
  Oscar Schmidt (4)
(ACB All-Stars)
-
1994–95
(ULEB Edition)
  Aleksandar Đorđević
(Lega All-Stars)
-
1995–96
  Steve Henson -
1996–97
  Alessandro Abbio -
1997–98
  Henry Williams -
1998–99
  Steve Burtt -
1999–00
  Alessandro Abbio (2) -
2000–01
  Giacomo Galanda -
2003–04
  Michele Mian   Matt Bonner
2004–05
  Giacomo Galanda (2) -
2005–06
  Dante Calabria -
2006–07
  Danilo Gallinari -
2010–11
  Nicolás Mazzarino -
2011–12
  Travis Diener   Jeff Viggiano
2012–13
  Carlton Myers -
2013–14
  Drake Diener -
2014–15
  Andy Rautins   Marco Spanghero
2015–16
  Krunoslav Simon   Tyrus McGee
2016–17
Not held[1]
2017–18

Slam dunk contestEdit

 
James White, two-time winner of the slam dunk contest (2011, 2012).

The slam dunk contest (Italian: gara delle schiacciate), known as the Openjobmetis Slam Dunk Contest for sponsorship reasons, was first organised by Spain's Liga ACB during the November 1992 and 1994 editions played in that country. The first time it was organised by the Lega Basket was during the December 2005 edition, dunk specialist James White is the record-holder with two wins (Chandler Thompson won both ACB editions).[13]

White refused to defend his title in 2014, having decided to retire from dunk contests following his last place in the 2013 NBA Slam Dunk Contest.[14] It formerly saw the contestants each have two dunk attempts, with the pair performing the best judged dunks reaching the final, where another couple of attempts crowned the winner.[15] The 2015 edition saw the contestants separated into two teams, consisting of players DeQuan Jones and Tony Mitchell each paired with a member of the Da Move freestyle group, whose five attempts each were judged by a panel of experts and the public[12]

Results
Season Winner Runner-up
1992–93
(ULEB Edition)
  Chandler Thompson
(ACB All-Stars)
  Antonio Davis
1994–95
(ULEB Edition)
  Chandler Thompson (2)
(ACB All-Stars)
  Darrell Armstrong
2005–06
  Pervis Pasco -
2006–07
  Paul McPherson -
2010–11
  James White -
2011–12
  James White (2)   Aubrey Coleman
2012–13
  Tommaso Raspino -
2013–14
  Achille Polonara -
2014–15
  Tony Mitchell   DeQuan Jones
2015–16
  Awudu Abass   Micah Downs /   Trent Lockett
2016–17
Not held[1]
2017–18

Family ShootoutEdit

The Grundig sponsored Family Shootout was a one-off event that was organised during the April 2014 edition. It saw four pairs of current or former professional players from the same family, contest successive rounds of four shots from different positions.[16] The father-son pair of Nando and Stefano Gentile, prevailed in the final over brothers Michele and Luca Vitali.[17]

Under-23 gameEdit

The December 2003 edition included a game played between mostly (but not exclusively) under-23 Italian players, in view of judging their potential as part of the 2005 Belgrade EuroBasket, project by the Italian national team's organisation. Andrea Michelori top-scored with 28 points in the game. Team Blues beat Team Whites, by a score of 90–72.[18][19]

ReferencesEdit

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