Half-Court Press: Pierfrancesco Oliva



by Jared Grellet

Pierfrancesco Oliva (Italy)
Likes American Pie and would cook spaghetti for his coach: Pierfrancesco Oliva of Italy

Moments after scoring a game-high 27-point, 13-rebound double-double to lead Italy to a 77-63 win over defending champions, Croatia, Pierfrancesco Oliva was only too happy to take on Fibaeurope.com's half-court press.

FIBAEurope.com: What's your first basketball memory?
Pierfrancesco Oliva: I remember my first game. My dream was to play in a European Championship and now I have done it.

FIBAEurope.com: Why did you want to become a basketball player?
It was my dream that began when I was four years old. My dad was a basketball player and I take a lot from him. I am dreaming.

FIBAEurope.com: Who is the most mature of your teammates and who is the most... childish?
We are all concentrating and we have no clowns.

FIBAEurope.com: Which is the best basketball game you've ever played in or watched?
The most emotional game was this and what I am feeling right now.

FIBAEurope.com: There's only 2 seconds left on the shot-clock, do you pass the ball or shoot?
It depends on the situation.

FIBAEurope.com: Who is the best European player you've seen?
Jonas Valanciunas.

FIBAEurope.com: What's the latest film you watched and would you recommend it?
American Pie 6. I have seen them all.

FIBAEurope.com: Do you know how to cook and what would you cook for your coach if he ate
dinner at your house?

I cook sometimes with my mum. If the coach came for dinner I would cook him a big dish of spaghetti with meat.


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