One of the most iconic European players of the century, shooting guard Gianluca Basile, announced his retirement from active basketball on Monday. Basile, 42, put an end to a 21-year career during which he won the 2010 EuroLeague with FC Barcelona and a EuroBasket gold and Olympic silver medal with the Italian national team. He played a total of 12 EuroLeague seasons – five each with Fortitudo Bologna and Barcelona and one each with Bennet Cantu and EA7 Emporio Armani Milan. In those years, Basile took part in 223 EuroLeague games and reached the semifinals or the Final Four five times. He made 421 triples, which remains the third-most in competition history.
Basile started his career in 1995 with Reggio Emilia in his native Italy and – after three and a half seasons there moved to Bologna to sign with Fortitudo, a team with which he became an icon. He helped a young Fortitudo reach the 2004 EuroLeague Championship Game after his late-three-pointer against Efes Pilsen Istanbul in a decisive Top 16 game propelled his team to the Final Four in Tel Aviv. During his time in Bologna, Basile led the team to two Italian League titles.
Basile moved to FC Barcelona in 2005 and would reach three Final Fours with the club, including the 2010 edition in Paris, where he lifted the EuroLeague crown. Basile, who missed nearly all of the 2010-11 season, also won a pair of Spanish League titles and two Spanish King's Cups with Barcelona. He returned to Italy in 2011, and appeared in the EuroLeague with Cantu in 2011-12 and Milan the next season. Basile’s last EuroLeague game was on December 14, 2012, against Olympiacos Piraeus. He finished his career with Capo D'Orlando, where he spent the last three seasons.
He amassed 2,163 points in the EuroLeague, which remains the most scored by an Italian-born player in the competition and is 18th most all-time. He also collected 478 assists, which ranks 21st in the EuroLeague. The Basile trophy case is also loaded with his accomplishments as a long-time member of the Italian national team. First came a gold medal at EuroBasket 1999, a bronze at the same competition four years later and a silver medal at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens.