Off the Court: Marco Belinelli

Monday, October 25, 2010
By: Jim Eichenhofer,

New Orleans fourth-year shooting guard Marco Belinelli sat down with recently to discuss his background and provide more insight on some of his interests away from the game of basketball.
Best moment as an athlete: “In 2005 I was in Bologna (Italy) and won the league championship with Fortitudo Bologna.”
How he chose uniform number 8: “I wore 8 when I played in Bologna. So I looked at it as the number that brought me to the NBA.”
Favorite thing about New Orleans: “The people are great. The French Quarter is nice. I think it’s a good city.”
First job: “A basketball player in Italy. If you’re good, you can start to play at a young age. I was a professional player when I was 15.”
Favorite athlete as a kid: Michael Jordan.
What he’d be doing if he weren’t an NBA player: “Maybe a policeman.”
Closest friends playing on other NBA teams: “Andris Biedrins with Golden State, Hedo Turkoglu of Phoenix.”
Favorite type of music and artists: “Hip-hop. I like Jay-Z and Lil Wayne.”
Favorite TV show: “I really liked Lost.”
Favorite movie of all time: Gladiator.
Favorite website:
Why enjoys having a Twitter account: “It’s important to keep up with your fans.”