by Zach Drapkin   The Kings finally got a valuable player to sign on to the Sac-town squad. Marc Belinelli is headed to play for George Karl on a three-year, $19 million deal.   The 29 year-old Italian sharpshooter had been with the San Antonio Spurs since 2013, and won an NBA championship while playing for coach Gregg Popovich. Belin...

As it was widely speculated during the 2014 NBA Finals, Ettore Messina has now officially been hired by the San Antonio Spurs as an assistant coach, the team and Adrian Wojnarowski have announced. Messina is widely regarded as one of the best European coaches. As a four-time Euroleague Champion and a two-time Euroleague Coach of the Year, Messina...

Some Knicks fans seem to have an unrealistic expectation of what Andrea Bargnani will bring to Manhattan this season. Count me in the group that thinks the attitude changes once they see him play, but this is what the time before training camp starts is for — unbridled optimism.   But first they need to get Bargnani on the court. He jus...

Tutto vero. Un italiano è campione Nba. Da quanto lo sognavamo? Troppo tempo passato ad invidiare francesi, tedeschi, spagnoli, sloveni, argentini e belgi.   Oggi abbiamo Marco Belinelli da San Giovanni in Persiceto in cima al mondo della pallacanestro coi suoi San Antonio Spurs, capaci di vincere tre partite consecutive contro i bicampioni...

by Eric Freeman   The Brooklyn Nets' terrible 2013-14 season hit a new low on Thursday night. Hosting the cross-river rival New York Knicks at Barclays Center for a matchup of the NBA's two most disappointing teams, the Nets were blown out 113-83 to run their record to 5-14. Facing an opponent that had lost nine in a row, Brooklyn looked let...

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 Be...

It took forever for Andrea Bargnani to get on the court this season, but since he has he’s impressed Phil Jackson. So much so that the Knicks would reportedly like to bring the 7-foot Italian back next season.   A calf injury forced Bargnani to miss 49 of the Knicks’ first 51 games, but since returning he’s seemingly gotten better every game...

by Doug Smith   Andrea Bargnani isn't gone quite yet. A trade sending the former No. 1 NBA draft pick from the Raptors to the New York Knicks was not approved by the league Sunday night and will now not be finalized until July 10. There was nothing against the rules in the deal, though, and both sides expect it to be completed and appr...

Nick Leto, manager of the Kansas City Royals' Arizona Operations, is worth his weight in gold for not only signing 17-year-old Italian MLB prospect Marten Gasparini but also for his outstanding work as a minor league affiliate leader. The recent recipient of the organization's Matt Minker Award after eight years of dedicated service, Leto is critic...

ByJoseph Nocco According to a Tuesday report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports' The Vertical, Italian swingman Alessandro Gentile appears poised to ink a NBA deal this summer. The Houston Rockets currently own the draft rights to the Italian superstar after he was originally selected by the Minnesota Timberwolves in the second-round of the...