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The Armory
by Bill Schoening | April 8, 2014

The Armory

Late Philadelphia folksinger Billy Shied once wrote, "You can't know where you're going if you don't know where you've been." I think of that phrase often because I try to have an appreciation for history.

A few years ago on "20 Second Timeout" I wrote about an old building in downtown Minneapolis that is now used as a parking garage. At one point in its history, however, over 50 years ago, it was the home arena of the Minneapolis Lakers, just before the franchise moved out west to L.A.

I took a walk today to see how the building is holding up, and it's still there, although I imagine many folks drive or walk past it daily and have no clue that Slater Martin and George Mikan once played there.

The Armory is now on the national register of historic places.

The Lakers played games there from 1947-60. Minneapolis native Prince used the building for his "1999" video and Aerosmith shot the video for "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing" at The Armory as well.

The grand old lady, built in 1935, is still holding up well, and if you listen closely you can still hear the cheers of NBA fans from an era long since gone.

Mama Mia Marco
by Bill Schoening | April 4, 2014

Marco Belinelli

I will admit something right up front. I love Italy. Two trips to Rome over the past five years has me hooked. I am fascinated by the history, art, architecture, wine and food.

When the Spurs signed Marco Belinelli last summer, I had a feeling I would like working with him. He has not disappointed. All season long he has been in the top ten in the NBA in three point percentage. He's been an integral part of the league's most productive bench and he has fit in nicely in the Spurs diverse and multi- cultural locker room.

Belinelli says he's having fun. " I am enjoying it here", says the native of Bologna. "The fans are amazing and really love this team. It is amazing for me to be here with Manu, TP and TD. Right now we are just getting ready for the playoffs, we are moving the ball great and our defense has improved. Now we're going to try play even better for the playoffs."

Belinelli has played for the Warriors, Hornets and Bulls in his career, but he is clearly loving his first season in the Alamo City. When Marco hits a three, I bellow out "Bellisimo" but Bill Land of Spurs TV says, "Mama Mia".

Prior to our pregame chat on Wednesday night, Belinelli spotted Land and yelled, "Hey Mama Mia- thanks to you I have friends from Europe call me and say 'Mama Mia'! Needless to say, Marco had a huge smile on his face.