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Spurs’ Marco Belinelli offering financial assistance to hospitals in Italy

Spurs, Marco Belinelli

San Antonio Spurs shooting guard Marco Belinelli is helping out his native country of Italy during the coronavirus pandemic.

Per Jeff McDonald of The San Antonio Express-News, Belinelli is offering financial assistance to hospitals in his native Bologna, Italy to aid in the battle against the global coronavirus crisis.

“Since this emergency broke out, I have always been in contact with my family and friends in Italy,” Marco Belinelli told the Italian website Sportnando. “I know how much the work of all operators today is even more important. I can help as far as I can, in the hope of being able to return to Bologna soon and thank one by one all the people who are on the front lines today. I have never felt so proud to be Italian.”

Belinelli isn’t able to go home because of the pandemic. The Spurs guard and NBA champion is the son of an Italian surgeon.

The NBA suspended the season last Wednesday after Utah Jazz center and NBA All-Star Rudy Gobert tested positive for the coronavirus.

Before the season got suspended, the Spurs were in 12th place in the Western Conference standings with a record of 27-36. San Antonio was in danger of missing the playoffs for the first time since 1997.

Belinelli, who was part of the 2014 Spurs team which won the championship over the Miami Heat, has appeared in 52 games this season. He’s averaging 5.8 points, 1.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists in 15.0 minutes per contest while shooting 39.1 percent from the field, 36.8 percent from beyond the arc and 78.0 percent from the free-throw line.