Euroleague mourns Italian legend Cesare Rubini

Feb 08, 2011 by Print
Turkish Airlines EuroleagueEuroleague Basketball joins the world basketball community in expressing condolences at the passing of Mr. Cesare Rubini, former Italian legend. He passed away on Monday at age 87. A European championship winner in basketball and water polo, Cesare Rubini opted to become a basketball player and coach for Olimpia Milano at age 25 but still carried on winning with the Italian water polo team. He not only played and coached Milano to five consecutive Italian league titles from 1950 to 1954, but he won the 1948 and 1952 Olympic gold medals in water polo, as well as five Italian league trophies and a EuroBasket silver medal in 1946. In 1956 Rubini became a full-time basketball coach, winning 10 more Italian league championships, back-to-back Saporta Cups in 1971 and 1972 and above all, the 1966 Euroleague title, the first-ever European trophy in Italian basketball history. Rubini remains the only sportsman ever to be inducted to the Hall of Fame in two different sports. "Italy and the world basketball family have lost an iconic athlete and coach," Euroleague Basketball CEO Jordi Bertomeu said. "We can only hope to all follow the sportsmanship example set by a gentleman like Cesare Rubini throughout his lifetime."