A total of 11 NBA players were born in Italy, and one just won an NBA title with the Denver Nuggets, the second for a player born in our country-Reggie Jackson.
The American basketball player was born and raised (briefly) in Pordenone because. his father was a military man stationed in Aviano, a municipality of less than 10,000 inhabitants, world-famous for its military base operated by the Italian Air Force and used by the U.S. Air Force as part of NATO.
Jackson played only 6 games with the Denver Nuggets in the playoffs, averaging 0.5 points per shoelace and dishing out 0.3 assists per match. In short, far from memorable figures, however, it is still a fact that an Italian-born basketball player just managed to win the NBA. E this is not about normality because the only other player who made it was Marco Stefano Belinelli, with the hope that it could also happen to Danilo Gallinari and Simone Fontecchio during their careers.