Sandro Gamba

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Alessandro Gamba (born June 3, 1932 in Milan), better known as, Sandro Gamba, is an Italian former professional basketball coach and player. Gamba was a finalist for induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 2005, and was elected as a member in 2006. He is also a member of the Italian Basketball Hall of Fame, inducted in 2006.

Playing career

Gamba played for only one team, winning ten Italian Championships with Olimpia Milano (1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1957, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1962, 1963), and also captained the Italian national team (for which he had debuted in 1952) at the 1960 Summer Olympic Games.

Coaching career

Gamba retired from play in 1965, and became a coach in the top Italian professional league, Serie A, where he coached teams from Olimpia Milano (1965-1973), Varese (1973-1977), Auxilium Torino (1977-1980), and Virtus Bologna (1985-1987). He led Varese to two Italian Championships (1974, 1977) and two European Champions Cup (Euroleague) titles, in 1975 and 1976.

From 1979 to 1992, except for a break in 1985-1987, Gamba was the coach of the Italian national team, and led them at the Summer Olympic Games in 1980 (where they won a silver medal), in 1984, in 1988, and in 1992. He also coached Italy's national team at the FIBA European Basketball Championship seven times, winning a gold in 1983, a bronze in 1985, and a silver in 1991.

He has also worked as the coach of the "Rest of the World" team, at the Nike Hoop Summit.

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