SAN ANTONIO – Not a day goes by that Marco Belinelli doesn’t think about “The Beautiful Game” style of play the Spurs exhibited while defeating LeBron James and the Miami Heat in the 2014 NBA Finals.
The tattoo of the Larry O’Brien trophy on his left bicep helps keep those memories fresh.
“The basketball we played was amazing,” said Belinelli, who counts the clutch 3-pointer he hit in Game 3 of the Spurs’ five-game victory as the biggest shot of his career. “There was no selfishness, everybody moving the ball.
“Winning a championship with that great team was amazing. Nobody is going to take that away from me.”
The 32-year-old sharpshooting guard hopes to rekindle the magic of that championship season in his second stint with the Spurs. He agreed to terms on a two-year, $12 million deal with the club at the start of free agency.
“When I heard about this opportunity to return to San Antonio, I didn’t think twice about it because I knew it would be great to come back,” Belinelli said Tuesday via phone from his home in Bologna, Italy.
“It will be a great fit, a great situation. I really am excited about it. I can’t wait to play with LaMarcus (Aldridge).”
Belinelli said Manu Ginobili was one of the first people to text him after the news broke of the deal.
“He was really happy about it,” Belinelli said.
So should that be taken as a sign that Ginobili will return for a 17th season?
“We didn’t talk about that, but I can say he was really happy about me coming back,” Belinelli said.