NBA Superlatives: Marco Belinelli

Tuesday, October 5, 2010
By: Jim Eichenhofer,

Fourth-year shooting guard Marco Belinelli provides his answers to various questions about his experiences so far in the league:
Most memorable moment in the NBA: “My first game with the Golden State Warriors and the first points in the NBA that I scored with them.”
Most embarrassing moment in the NBA: “When I was a rookie with Golden State, I had to dance in front of 15,000 fans at an open practice. I’m a quiet guy.”
Most surprising thing about the NBA as a rookie: “Everything about the NBA is great, but what surprised me most was how organized everything is. My first day I was at the practice facility with the Warriors and the first day here too, someone from the team gave me 20 pairs of socks and 20 shirts. It’s not like that in Italy. In general, everything is different (basketball-wise in each country).”
Toughest player to face at his position: “Kobe. He was my idol when I was growing up. It was Michael Jordan before that.”
Best uniforms in the NBA (besides the Hornets’): “Golden State has a good shirt. New York has a good shirt. But in general, NBA shirts are all incredible.”
Favorite road arenas: Los Angeles, Golden State, New York, Chicago.
Favorite road trip, based on the city: “San Francisco is a great city. Miami is nice, too.”
Best trash-talker in the NBA: Ron Artest.
Best heckler story: “I don’t have anything funny. I try to get (opposing) fans to quiet down by scoring.”