Prima doppia-doppia nella Nba per Marco Belinelli, che è stato decisivo nella vittoria dei San Antonio Spurs in casa dei Boston Celtics. Il bolognese ha chiuso con 16 punti, 11 rimbalzi, 8 assist e 6/12 al tiro, per un complessivo +17 di plus/minus nei 36 minuti in campo. Belinelli è andato a soli 2 assist dal chiudere con una storica tripla-doppia...

Una stagione davvero incredibile si chiude con l'ennesimo primato. Marco Belinelli, dopo aver dato un contributo molto importante agli Spurs durante la regular season, dopo aver vinto la gara da tre punti all'All Star Game Weekend, diventa il primo giocatore italiano a giocarsi le Finali Nba. Qualcosa di straordinario per un cestista che durante l...

In the commonwealth of Kentucky, a state that brushes against the edges of the Bible Belt, the religion of choice is basketball. Its followers are devout. Fanatical, even. They commit themselves to their faith completely, studyingtheir scripture day and night, making regular pilgrimages not only to their house of worship—the basketball cathedral, R...

My first reaction to hearing Ettore Messina's name connected with the Jazz coaching vacancy was: they want a Euro coach? Then I remembered I'd made this mistake before.   Twenty-four years ago, during a summer league game, I checked a New Jersey Nets roster to learn about Drazen Petrovic. The Croatian guy was a good player, but I figure...

He is an anomaly, a contradiction of sorts in our "grass is always greener elsewhere" world of sports today. As others seek validation in a bigger paycheck, a different location or a more prestigious position, he has remained true to the ultimate bottom line: winning championships.   When it comes to that, no one has been more successful tha...

In professional sports, organizational culture has become as much a part of analyzing a team's potential, as many on-court variables. With free agency a few weeks away, players, media and front office personnel will consider professional and positive locker room environments as much as cap space, and playing time.   For Kings guard Marc...

If you've been paying attention to this year's NCAA Men's Division Tournament – also known as March Madness – you've probably heard of this week's Italian of the Week. Ryan Arcidiacono was born on March 26, 1994, to Joe and Patti. Both of his parents attended and met at Villanova University. Ryan grew up in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, where he practic...

Jimmy Valvano is a name not widely known this side of the Atlantic. In America, he is revered as an extraordinary inspiration. It was as a college basketball coach of NC State Wolfpack that the brash Italian-American made his name.   After 10 years' coaching, "Jimmy V" arrived at State and told anyone who would listen he would win the Nation...

By Lorne Chan Spurs.com   Marco Belinelli is giving an interview in Italian, moments after the Spurs won the NBA title in June. He thanks his family for believing in him when his emotions take over. When he mentions his small hometown of San Giovanni in Northern Italy, Belinelli can no longer speak. The first Italian NBA champion wipes his...

by Nel Imperial   The Boston Celtics are still big-name hunting on the trading front with less than two weeks left before February 18 deadline. HoopsRumors.com provided details on the Celtics' attempt to snag Italian forward Danilo Gallinari from the Denver Nuggets.   The Celtics, armed with multiple draft picks and a handful of young...