If you have not heard of Nicolás Richotti, don't worry — you shouldn't have, really. The son of longtime Argentinian player and coach Marcelo Richotti has spent his entire seven-plus-year pro career playing point guard in Argentina, Italy and Spain, where he's now plying his trade for CB Canarias, a club that won the second-tier LEB Oro last year to earn promotion to Spain's top league (now called Liga Endesa, long named Liga ACB) this year. He has performed well for Canarias since joining the club in 2010, earning a two-year contract extension this summer, but he's not considered an NBA prospect; he doesn't even have a page on DraftExpress.com, and Jonathan Givony's on top of just about everybody worth knowing who plays overseas.
Now, though, you do know who Nico Richotti is, because this last weekend, he did this:
Not in your wildest rec league dreams could you envision hitting a shot like that, let alone with the shot clock winding down and the quarter drawing to a close, and certainly not to give your team a one-point lead at the break. It is ridiculous, absurd and amazing. The Argentinian point guard turns 26 on Wednesday; it is difficult to imagine many birthday gifts cooler than having a heave like this find the bottom of the net during a real live game. The Power Glove, maybe, but that's probably about it.
One gift Richotti didn't receive, though, was the gift of victory — his Canarias squad lost to Blusens Monbus, which features former NCAA players Levon Kendall and William Buford, as well as Tunisian Olympic eye-opener Salah Mejri, by a score of 71-68. The hoop gods giveth and the hoop gods taketh away.
Hat-tip to the European eagle eyes at Sportando.net.