Virtus Pallacanestro Bologna is a prominent Italian League professional basketball club that is based in Bologna. Virtus returned to Italy's top division for the Serie A 2005-06 season after two years in the second division.
However, several key members of Virtus' treble-winners left immediately after that accomplishment. After the 2001-02 season, Manu Ginobili, the Final Four MVP of Euroleague 2000-01, left for the NBA, as did another important player Marko Jarić. At the end of the 2002-03 season, Virtus suffered relegation from Italy's top division as a result of financial problems.
The local derby between Virtus and Fortitudo Bologna is one of the most intense in the entire world of sports. Sports Illustrated writer Alexander Wolff devoted a chapter of his 2002 basketball book, Big Game, Small World (ISBN 0-446-52601-0), to this rivalry.
Virtus' home stadium is Futurshow Station (previously known as Palamalaguti).
|Earl Boykins||Point Guard|
|Petteri Koponen||Point Guard|
|Brett Blizzard||Shooting Guard|
|Guilherme Giovannoni||Power forward|
|5||Delonte Holland||Small forward|
|7||Brett Blizzard||Shooting guard|
|8||Will Conroy||Point guard|
|9||Alan Anderson||Small forward|
|12||Guilherme Giovannoni||Power forward|
|13||Michele Novi||Power forward|
|15||Andrea Michelori||Power forward|
|16||Fabio Di Bella||Point guard|
|18||Federico Lestini||Small forward|
|19||Matteo Da Ros||Small forward|
|20||Luca Garri||Power forward/Center|