Napoli Basket

Napoli Basket, known for sponsorship reasons as GeVi Napoli, is an Italian professional basketball team of the city of Naples.[1] It's the de facto successor of the Basket Napoli which was dissolved in 2009.

Napoli Basket
Napoli Basket logo
LeagueLBA
Founded2016
HistoryCuore Napoli Basket
(2016–2018)
Napoli Basket
(2018–present)
ArenaPalaBarbuto
Capacity5,500
LocationNaples, Italy
Team colorsWhite and Blue
   
PresidentFederico Grassi
Team managerAlessandro Bolognesi
Head coachCesare Pancotto
Championships1 Italian A2 Cup (2021)
1 Italian B Cup (2017)
Websitenapolibasket.eu

The team has achieved the promotion to the Serie A after the end of the 2020–21 season of the Serie A2 Basket.[2]

HistoryEdit

2016–2019: BeginningsEdit

In August 2016, after a corporate failure of Napoli Basketball, Ciro Ruggiero founded a new team, known as Cuore Napoli Basket. The transfer of the sporting title from Cilento Basket Agropoli allowed the newborn Neapolitan team to play in the 2016–17 Serie B. In the same season, Cuore Napoli Basket managed to win promotion to Serie A2, after having arrived first in Group C of the regular season and beat Bergamo Basket in the playoff's final. During the same season Napoli also won his first Italian Cup in the National Basketball League.

At the end of the 2017–18 season, Cuore Napoli Basket relegated to Serie B, after losing in the playouts against Roseto Sharks. At the end of the season, the management passed to the Neapolitan entrepreneurs Federico Grassi and Francesco Tavassi and the club changed its name to Napoli Basket.[3] Gianluca Lulli was signed as new head coach. In 2018–19 Serie B, Napoli Basket closed the regular season at the 6th place in group D with 36 points, but it lost in the semifinals against Pallacanestro Palestrina.

2019–present: Promotion to LBA and first seasonsEdit

In June 2019, the club announced that it had purchased the sports title from Legnano Basket Knights, obtaining the right to participate in the 2019–20 Serie A2 season. However, the season began with three consecutive defeats against NPC Rieti, Basket Latina and Junior Casale. Gianluca Lulli was sacked and the expert coach Stefano Sacripanti was signed.[4] Napoli ended the regular season at the 8th place, achieving the second phase, which however was never played due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the next summer, important players like Josh Mayo and Jordan Parks were signed. In the 2020–21 season, the team won its second Italian LNP Cup (the first in Serie A2), beating APU Udine for 80–69 in the final.[5] On 27 June 2021, following the victory in the playoff's finals against Udine, Napoli was promoted to Lega Basket Serie A (LBA).[6]

Despite a good start of the season, on 15 March 2022, coach Sacripanti was sacked following several defeats and the club hired Maurizio Buscaglia as new head coach.[7] Moreover, on 29 March, Napoli signed the Lithuanian center Artūras Gudaitis, who had left Zenit Saint Petersburg following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.[8] On May 1, Napoli defeated Fortitudo Bologna at PalaDozza, achieving the salvation from relegation.

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

GeVi Napoli Basket roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
C 0   Zerini, Andrea 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 112 kg (247 lb) 34 – (1988-10-25)25 October 1988
PG 1   Howard, Jordan 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 26 – (1996-12-20)20 December 1996
G 3   Young, Joe 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 30 – (1992-07-27)27 July 1992
PG 6   Michineau, David 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 82 kg (181 lb) 28 – (1994-06-06)6 June 1994
SF 9   Dellosto, Nicolò 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 22 – (2000-06-04)4 June 2000
PG 12   Matera, Antonio 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 75 kg (165 lb) 18 – (2004-02-24)24 February 2004
F/C 15   Davis, Devin 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 100 kg (220 lb) 27 – (1995-03-29)29 March 1995
G/F 16   Uglietti, Lorenzo (C) 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 84 kg (185 lb) 28 – (1994-06-27)27 June 1994
PF 22   Williams, JaCorey 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 102 kg (225 lb) 28 – (1994-06-12)12 June 1994
SF 30   Stewart, Elijah 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 27 – (1995-11-14)14 November 1995
PF 41   Zanotti, Simone 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 91 kg (201 lb) 30 – (1992-12-31)31 December 1992
G 88   Grassi, Sergio 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 80 kg (176 lb) 18 – (2004-09-02)2 September 2004
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  •   Francesco Cavaliere
  •   Davide Gabriele

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: January 8, 2023

Depth chartEdit

Pos. Starting 5 Bench
C JaCorey Williams Andrea Zerini
PF Devin Davis Simone Zanotti
SF Elijah Stewart Nicolò Dellosto
SG Lorenzo Uglietti Jordan Howard
PG David Michineau Sergio Grassi/Antonio Matera

(colours: Italian or homegrown players; foreign players; young players)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Basket Napli page in LNP" (in Italian). legapallacanestro.com.
  2. ^ "Napoli è la prima neopromossa. Il presidente Grassi: 'Ci abbiamo creduto sin dal primo giorno'" (in Italian). legabasket.it. 28 June 2021.
  3. ^ Cuore Napoli Basket: Patron Ruggiero lascia la compagine napoletana, La Rampa
  4. ^ Gevi Napoli basket – Pino Sacripanti è ufficialmente il nuovo head coach degli azzurri, Generazione Vincente
  5. ^ Napoli Basket, vinta la Coppa Italia di Serie A2, Informare
  6. ^ Estasi Napoli: torna in Serie A dopo 13 anni!, Gazzetta dello Sport
  7. ^ Napoli basket, esonerato l'allenatore Sacripanti dopo la sconfitta con Varese, Sky Sport
  8. ^ https://sportando.basketball/generazione-vincente-napoli-ufficiale-arturas-gudaitis/, Sportando

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