Gianluca Basile will try to relive his magic of 2004.
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ITALY TEAM PREVIEWTook home the silver medal at the 2004 Olympics, much to everyone's surprise. Ö Reality set in at the 2005 European Championships, when they placed in the 9-12 finishers. Ö Guard Gianluca Basile proved to by huge in Athens, and will try to be the same in Japan.
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Best Finish: Fourth in 1970, 1978