Italian Belinelli fits naturally with Spurs international cast

Apr 22, 2014 1087

Marco Belinelli was not among the prominent NBA free agents last summer. Four teams had employed him in six seasons, and he was always something of a peripheral figure. When he signed a two-year contract with the San Antonio Spurs in July, it attracted little attention. Tom Thibodeau knew better.

The Bulls coach saw first-hand what Belinelli could contribute during his one season in Chicago and knew that San Antonio was the perfect place for him. "We hated to lose him," Thibodeau said.

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