Marco Belinelli/ Photo courtesy of NBA

Kinumpirma ni Marco Belinelli na maglalaro ito para sa Italian national basketball team na lalahok sa 2019 FIBA World Cup sa China.

Pahayag ito ni Belinelli matapos ang kanyang pakikipag-usap sa mga opisyal ng Italian Basketball Federation, at kay head coach Romeo Sachetti.

“After we qualified I spoke with Gianni Petrucci (president of Italian Basket Federation) and with Sacchetti a few days ago. I discussed with my teammates as well. We are all happy,” wika ni Belinelli.

“We know the bar is high now. Our dream is to achieve something important with the national team. I confirm my participation,” dagdag nito.

Huling naglaro para sa Italian squad ang 33-year-old San Antonio Spurs veteran sa 2017 EuroBasket.

Inaasahang palalakasin ni Belinelli ang koponan ng world No. 13 sa nasabing torneyo, kung saan kasama nila sa Group D ang Pilipinas, isa pang European powerhouse na Serbia, at Angola.

Mayroong average na 10.5 points at 2.5 rebounds ang 6-foot-5 shooting guard at mayroong 37% shooting mula sa three-point range sa paglalaro nito sa Spurs sa NBA regular season.