Rest weekend for Fibwi Palma in sports but not in the work of management and coaching staff. The Palma team has closed the incorporation of Dante Lombardi, player born in Indiana, United States but who has an Italian passport. Lombardi occupies the point guard position and is 1.83 meters tall. the american player has been on test for a few days with the Fibwi Palma squad and his good performance in training has made the club decide to incorporate a talented player who also adds experience in other facets of basketball.
After passing through American university basketball, where he forged a good friendship with Jacobo Diaz, formerly of Bahía San Agustín and currently at Covirán Granada of the ACB, Dante Lombardi He came to the discipline of the Lusitania Expert of the Portuguese league to play a total of four games in which he averaged 16.5 minutes per game, scoring 7.5 points, grabbing 2.8 rebounds and distributing four assists. In the 2020-21 season, the new Fibwi Palma player signed for Almere Sailors in the Dutch league, playing a total of nineteen games with an average of 26.2 minutes per game in which he scored 16.8 points, captured 3.7 rebounds and distributed 4.2 assists on average. After that experience, Lombardi prioritized finishing his university studies by leaving professional basketball but staying active in the world of basketball with continuous training and working as a coach in lower categories.
Now, with the arrival of Fibwi Palma in the final stretch of the season, Lombardi returns to professional basketball with the help of the Pau Tomàs team willing to help and reinforce the team in this most important part of the course.
“After the injury of Rafa and after confirming that it was a long-term injury and that we were not going to be able to count on him for the remainder of the season We began to look at possibilities and that of Dante appeared and from the first moment his game, his outside shot and, mainly, the ability to assist teammates and his defensive intensity caught our attention ”, he explains Paul Thomascoach of Fibwi Palma who adds: “We saw that Dante He was a player who could fit perfectly into our philosophy of play both in defensive intensity and when it comes to distributing play or, if necessary, taking important shots if necessary, that’s why we decided to go for him”.
Regarding his adaptation to the rhythm of the game, Tomàs points out that “Dante He has not competed for a year and a half and we wanted to see how he was physically And physically he’s perfect because he hasn’t stopped training and now all he needs is for him to pick up a good competition rhythm and to catch up on sensations and game rhythm”.
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