Pallacanestro Virtus Roma
, also known for sponsorship reasons as Lottomatica Virtus Roma
, is a prominent Italian League
professional basketball club
. The club was founded in the year 1960
Well-known players that have played with the club have included: George Gervin, Michael Cooper, Anthony Parker, Dino Radja, Brian Shaw, Rick Mahorn, Danny Ferry, and Dejan Bodiroga, who became the team's GM after his retirement from playing.
The club was founded originally as the result between the merger of two existing Roman sides in the lower divisions; San Saba and Gruppo Borgo Cavalleggeri, taking the name Virtus Aurelia
. Only a short while after its foundation, the name was changed into the final and current Pallacanestro Virtus Roma
. They recently signed the highly-rated American high school recruit Brandon Jennings
Through the years, due to sponsorship deals, it has been also known as Banco Roma (1971-1988), Phonola Roma (1988-1989), Il Messaggero Roma (1989-1992), Burghy Roma (1993-1994), Teorematour Roma (1994-1995), Nuova Tirrena Roma (1995-1996), Telemarket Roma (1996-1997), Calze Pompea Roma (1996-1999), Adr Roma (1999-2001) and Würth Roma (2001-2002).
Today, the team plays its home games in the PalaLottomatica
, seating 11,200 spectators.
Notable Past Players