No basketball in Italy.
Old 08-25-2008, 06:14 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hello old friends. Im in Italy right now, just outside the town of Lucca. And i have yet to see a basketball net. Asked a handfull of local residents when I was in Rome, and everyone replied that their is no basketball courts. They all knew of basketball, but did not know where their was a basketball net, int he biggest city in Italy. The only court I've seen is in a town called Positano, and it's missing the hoops themselves. The keys are painted on the court, but thats it. Not to mention the 3 foot high weeds growing through cracks. I saw a kid wearing Miami heat shorts, but he couldn't speak english and help me out.

So why is a country like Italy better than Canada at basketball when it is relatively easy to find outdoor courts in any Canadian city? Is our coaching that bad? Our players that bad? Maybe I just can't find the basketball in Italy..?
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Old 08-25-2008, 06:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Maybe basketball isn't that big at the places you went to. Or they are hidden in inside streets or alleys
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Hey PB, have a wicked trip dude.

thats odd....and I don't have an answer for you. Make sure to represent when you find some though.
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Old 08-25-2008, 07:55 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I have a friend from Rome that lives here in Madrid and we were talking about soccer and basketball courts and he told me that in Rome you have to pay for a court in most places. So I supose its hard to find street basketball/soccer courts there. Check in the Internet or in a city guide and Im sure you will find many. In Rome there should be a decent basketball tradition so you should find some decent challenges.
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Hey PB. Joining the reunion, eh? good then.

BTW. the scenario that you've presented is really baffling. Yes, how the hell are Italians better at basketball than us given the popularity and accessibility of the sport in both countries? It's kind of sad if you think about it.

Hope you're enjoying yourself otherwise!
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Old 08-25-2008, 09:22 PM   #6 (permalink)
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What's up man?

There has to be more to it than meets the eye.

Italy were the silver medalists in Athens, no?

They've been competing internationally since the 30's and have an outstanding professional league.
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Heeey ... 'bout time you posted PB.

So, needless to say you haven't been schooling any Italians in hoops I guess.

How long are you there for?
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Old 08-26-2008, 01:34 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Dont worry Nash still > all Italian players combined :P
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In Greece in all school there are basketball courts (both indoor and outdoor) and in almost every square or sports facility. If someone come to Greece will think basketball is our national sport. But I think this mainly happens because it's cheaper to built a basketball court than a football pitch.
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They've been competing internationally since the 30's and have an outstanding professional league.
Yeah, i get that. also, you can really see that Canada has pretty much no way to train and develope basketball players to that "next level" so to speak. Any Canadian basketball player who becomes any good will have to go through the American college system.

I think in general, outside of hockey, Canadian organized sport is kinda lacking - as the olympics taught us.

When i was recently in austria, i saw many of these caged in sports areas. at first glance, you would think they were basketball courts, but instead they were concrete soccer "cages". Maybe some of them had basketball nets. i didn't really pay too much attention.
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When i was recently in austria, i saw many of these caged in sports areas. at first glance, you would think they were basketball courts, but instead they were concrete soccer "cages". Maybe some of them had basketball nets. i didn't really pay too much attention.
Here there are 3 kinds of extended ways of playing soccer and types of courts. This is how we call em.

-The most popular to watch but not to play is Futbol 11 (11 players). Thats what Real, Manchester, etc.. play. What it can be called "universal soccer". It can be played in sand or grass. There are few of these fields around and they are always private.

-Then theres Futbol 7. 7 players in in smaller sand/artificial grass field. This is played more frecuently. You usually have to pay to play on this ones.

-And then theres the most frecuent style of soccer wich 90% of people play. We call it "Futbol Sala". Its 5 on 5 played on a basketball size court on concrete or wood. Most of them are public and there a lot around. They look exactly like cages, like you said Fancy.
I have played in this leagues for years.



The anser to this is easy. Big fields are expensive to build and maintain. What you will find in europe in many places will be a "futbol sala" and a basketball court together. Many will be public and some dont. The good ones you will have to pay.

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Old 08-26-2008, 11:40 AM   #12 (permalink)
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thebest outdoor ball courts i have ever seen were in HONG KONG....minus the pollution
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Old 08-27-2008, 05:02 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Found a brand new court in La Spezzia but it was being painted, and it was caged in. It looked like their was an entry fee a la hoopdome as Belsius mentioned. Im here for another week, and it's a paradise out here. Amazing food, amazing women, amazing views. I'll definitely be sad when I come back home.

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If you don't wanna that your boss or your wife watch that post, you click on them. Enjoy your holidays PB.
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Found a brand new court in La Spezzia but it was being painted, and it was caged in. It looked like their was an entry fee a la hoopdome as Belsius mentioned. Im here for another week, and it's a paradise out here. Amazing food, amazing women, amazing views. I'll definitely be sad when I come back home.
Its never too late to find yourself some hot Italian and marry her so you can become an Italian citizen, PB.
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Old 08-27-2008, 04:06 PM   #17 (permalink)
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If I was by myself and not with family, I would take the train to Spain and let you and Belsius show me around. Ill keep my fingers crossed Doc, love the olive-coloured skin.
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Good luck with that PB...... it's fighting the good fight I tell ya!
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Old 08-27-2008, 04:37 PM   #19 (permalink)
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If you want to play ball in spain now is the right time lol. I have gone to play 3 times this week and let me tell ya, theres like 7 free places to play(each with 2 courts) in my neighbourhood only and they are all completelly packed. With the Spain/Usa game everyone is felling inspired and people are more passsionate than ever.

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