Will be an Italian - or better a 'casertano' (Caserta's citizen) - the next Head Coach of WABA's new franchise (Women's American Basketball Association). In fact, the newly Chicago Lady Steam team and owner Ron Hicks, hire Antonio d'Albero, who has already been in the past head coach of Napoli (Italy) and Under 20 Macedonia National Team and had had a big experience as head coach in the dameligaen championship in Denmark. The new partnership will start since second half of December, when the arrival of the italian coach to the Wind City is scheduled. Coach D'Albero first step will be training camp and tryout for selecting the last players for the new season's roster.
ABOUT WABA - The Women's American Basketball Association (WABA) is a name given to four professional women's basketball leagues in the United States. The first league played one season in 1984. The second league played an All-Star Tour in 1992 and then three full seasons from 1993-95. The third league played one season in 2002. The fourth league is in expansion and starts play in 2012. The first WABA was founded by Bill Byrne, founder of the WBL in hopes of cashing in on the USA Olympic team's success in Los Angeles in 1984. While some talented players played in the league (including Nancy Lieberman, Molly Bolin, Pamela McGee and Paula McGee) most of the league's teams folded before the league championship, which was won by Dallas over Chicago. The WABA formed in 2001 and played one season in 2002. The 2002 championship game was played June 2, 2002 and won by the York City Noise.
ABOUT CHICAGO LADY STEAM - Is a basketball team founded in 2009 by Ron Hicks. The sole mission is to give young women a showcase for their basketball talents, helping to position them to play professional basketball overseas. The Chicago Lady Steam is the sister team of the ABA's Chicago Steam. To complete the new US Women's League will be: Cleveland Crush, Detroit Black Hawks, Columbus Hidden Gems, Grand Rapids and Indiana Indy's Finest.
Italian Serie B round 24 best performance: Daniele Grilli - 1 day ago
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Guard Daniele Grilli (191-G-87) had a great game in the last round for Barcellona, receiving a Eurobasket.com Serie B Player of the Week award for round 24. The 29-year old player was the main contributor (35 points, three rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Maddaloni (#16, 3-21) 86-75. Barcellona is placed at 4th position in their group in Italian Serie B. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Barcellona w... [read more]
Guard Daniele Grilli (191-G-87) had a great game in the last round for Barcellona, receiving a Eurobasket.com Serie B Player of the Week award for round 24. The 29-year old player was the main contributor (35 points, three rebounds and five assists) to his team's victory, helping them to beat Maddaloni (#16, 3-21) 86-75. Barcellona is placed at 4th position in their group in Italian Serie B. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Barcellona will need more victories to improve their 17-6 record. In the team's last game Grilli had a remarkable 86.7% from 2-point range. He turned to be Barcellona's top player in his first season with the team. Daniele Grilli averages this season 18.0ppg.
The second best player in last round's games was 24-year old Simone Zanotti (208-C/F-92) of Monteroni. Zanotti had a very good evening with a double-double of 32 points and 17 rebounds. Bad luck as Monteroni lost that game 70-75 to slightly higher-ranked Valdiceppo (#14, 7-16). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the top position in Group D. Monteroni keeps 16th position. 21 lost games are too many comparing to just three victories Monteroni managed to get this year. Zanotti is a newcomer at Monteroni, but is already one of team's top players.
Third on the list of top players last round was center Nicolo Ravazzani (200-C-85) of Matera (#6). Ravazzani showcased his all-around game by recording 16 points, nineteen rebounds (!!!) and five assists in the last round. He was a key player of Matera, leading his team to a 95-83 win against the lower-ranked Rimini (#9, 10-12). Matera needs these victories very badly if they think about getting closer to top teams in Group D. Their record at this point is 13 victories and 9 lost games. Ravazzani has a very solid season. In 19 games in Italy he scored 8.5ppg. He also has 10.4rpg and FGP: 58.4%.