Amedeo Della Valle Featured in Gazzetta

By Grant Miller on March 1, 2013 at 2:08p
Amedeo Della Valle > Pope Benedict XVI

Ohio State basketball fan favorite Amedeo Della Valle was featured today in La Gazzetta dello Sport, arguably Italy's biggest sports newspaper. The article is of course in Italian but thanks to the power of Google we can read it in English, though much of the writing does get lost in translation:

Thanks also to Chris Jent old marpione of our league, now an assistant coach of the Buckeyes. The figure may work more closely with Amadeus. "It 'a super guy, in all material respects. And I do not have to worry if you do not play: his time will come. And then, what was the alternative? Stay in Italy, where you have to stop and study until 30 years you do not play anyway?

Either way, it's great to see our man ADV getting some love from back home in Italy. 

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oregonianbuckeye's picture

Found this online. Not exactly the Chris Jent I know, but funny as hell.
"Marpione" is a rude way to say "a flirt", or someone who likes to court and seduce; a "dom juan", although in the word "marpione" there is a hint of disapproval, too. "Marpiona" is the feminine version - i guess you could translate it as minx.
The phrase roughly translates as "What a minx you are! And then you dare say I am"

WiliestBuckeye's picture

Google Translate sucks.

"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment."

German Buckeye's picture

But without it I could not read Italian, German or (insert foreign language of choice).  It's certainly a tool I didn't have growing up.  The youth of today are spoiled in riches and do not realize how much better they have it than a generation ago (not only with computers/internet, etc but with many things). 

bigbadbuck's picture

are  you one who walked uphill both ways to and from school come rain sleet, snow or hail?
My son just asked me the same question after he and I had a talk about how much easier it is for kids these days.......................So I'm just checking to see if I'm the only one!

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here, its a war room

Jason Priestas's picture

Don't take this personally, but man, this tech is just a baby. It's only going to get better and even though it can be lacking at times, it's still nothing short of amazing considering where we were a decade ago.

(Video has NSFW words):

Kurt's picture

Yea, it kind of depressed me how good Google Translate as to be honest.  It only really struggles with some really tricky things, which granted will make an entire sentence difficult to comprehend.  I took me a little time to translate that section manually, Google does it in milliseconds.  

AJBor41's picture

Glad he's having fun at OSU.  He always has a smile on the bench, and was even dancing (or at least swaying) last night at the end of the NW game.
A buddy works at the Schott and said he's a very polite kid and always nice to staff and fans.  Hope to see him raining 3s in the future (and/or present).

Kurt's picture

I speak Italian.  I'm slammed at work right now so I can't take the time to translate, but I can give it a go later if no one else beats me to it.

Kurt's picture

Here's rough translation of the first half.
"I'm on a campus of 60,000 people.  I have fun, I train with the best and people stop me in the street."  In his first year of college, ADV has not lost enthusiasm.  Rather he says "it's a choice he would make again any day."  Born in 1993, height of 195 cm (6'-4"), Amedeo is a player, even better a student-athlete, for The Ohio State University basketball team, one of the most prestigious sporting universities in the US.  His is not a fairy tale but a concrete story full of determination.  He left Alba, province of Cuneo, and transfered (?) to Findlay Prep School, a little outside of Las Vegas where last year he finished his final year of high school, winning the state title and earning himself an athletic scholarship. 
PATIENCE -- As happens often to freshmen, the first-year students, Amedeo is not playing much.  "Nobody likes not playing, especially if the previous year you were always in the starting five.  But it's an opportunity to train hard" he recounts.  For the rest, with a team among the best 25 in the nation and in absolutely the toughest conference, the minutes on the court cannot be a priority.  His father, Carlo, knows well, a former Serie A (basketball) player in the '80s.  He may be the person who pushed him hardest in this adventure.  "There is school, and adapting to a different reality.  The education is hard work.  It's almost better, from a certain point of view, if he doesn't play.  Because you learn to achieve/accomplish something/anything" recounts the elder Della Valle.  "And there there is the technical aspect. The training that htey do is incredible.  Pure science-fiction for us Italians."  Also Chris Jent, wise old player of our league, now assistant coach of the Buckeyes.  He may be the person who works most closely with Amedeo.  "He's a great kid, on all aspects.  And he doesn't need to worry about not playing: his moment will come.  Even then, what alternative is there?  Go to Italy where he'll have to quit school and where if you're not 30 years old you won't play anyway?  He certainly made the right decision" concludes Jent, who won an NBA title with Houston in 1994 and an improbable semifinal with Reggio Emilia in 1998.

Jelligrim's picture

Grazie tante Kurt!

AcrossTheField11's picture

Spread the word, brother.  

Time and change will surely show how firm they friendship... O-HI-O.

Jason Priestas's picture

Nice try, Bill Gates.

OSUAndy07's picture

Anyone else replace the lyrics to "Rock Me Amadeus" with Amedeo?

"But I'm tryin' Ringo. I'm tryin', real hard, to be the shepherd"

penult's picture

Haha, yes, on the Kyle Rowland article after the MSU win I posted the video to that song. 

ATXbucknut's picture

I was disappointed that the article didn't include a picture of the Della Valle family dog back in Italy.

LadyBuck's picture

It's a komondor! It fits ADV's image rather well...

hodge's picture

The Komondor is a Hungarian breed, though Italy also has a very similar shepherd breed, the Bergamasco:

Though both breeds were bred to hardily guard flocks of sheep, the Komondor's coat is consists of many tiny "cords", where the Bergamasco's coat consists of uneven mats ("flocks") created by the dog's unique "tri-coat".  With both animals, the cords/flocks allowed the dog natural protection from wolf bites, along with making the animals exceptionally clean.

b_pbucksfans's picture

I want to believe he has a Corso! 
The Cane Corso is an Italian breed of dog, for years valued highly in Italy as a companion, guardian and hunter.The first word "CANE" is pronounced as you would say the following, "KAH-NAY," and the second word is pronounced as it is read "KOR-SO". Wikipedia
BTW I have 2 Corso's and they are great dogs!!

LadyBuck's picture

Cane corsos are adorble. I like them better uncropped though.

hodge's picture

Cane Corsos are rad as hell; though I've never seen one. The Bergamasco is my all time favorite breed, though--if only I could afford one haha. The Corso is one of two Italian mastiff breeds, descended from the ancient "Molosser" dog that the Romans once owned (hence mastiff-type breeds being known as "Molossian"), along with the Neopolitian Mastiff--made famous in the Harry Potter franchise as Hagrid's dog Fang. 
...the things you learn working in a local pet supply store...

CALPOPPY's picture

"The More You Know"
[shooting star gif]

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

CALPOPPY's picture

He's a young Sideshow Bob.

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

AndyVance's picture

Minus that whole "harbors homicidal delusions of grandeur" thing...
Sideshow Bob

hodge's picture

...and Kelsey Grammar's soothing baritone.

AndyVance's picture

Kelsey Grammar's voice is amazing. He's one of those guys that, when I hear him talk, reminds me of all the deficiencies of my own voice :)

CALPOPPY's picture

He's young yet...give it time. Just needs a formative experience. Like maybe getting no playing time, or blaming a coach for not making an NBA roster.
[Man, I've gotta stop watching these serial killer shows on tv. They'll rot my mind (further) and make me look at good people in a bad way. Can you tell I watched he first few episodes of the show "The Following" this week?]

I'm a hurtin' buckaroo.

tdible2132's picture

ADV is the man. That is all.

alust2013's picture

The man wears 33. Perhaps a sign of good things to come?

...and Michigan still sucks.