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Old 12-08-2007, 11:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Belinelli Nixes Trip To D-League

Speaking of egoes .... I guess Belinelli doesn't like the advice that Don Nelson is giving him about going down to D-League for a bit to play and would rather sit and rot on the bench.

Originally Posted by Contra Costa Times
Rookie Warriors guard Marco Belinelli is trapped in a limbo partially of his own creation.

Belinelli was inactive for Friday's game against the Miami Heat , the sixth consecutive contest he's watched from the bench in street clothes. The No. 18 pick in this summer's draft has played just 61 seconds in the Warriors' last nine games.

But even though Warriors coach Don Nelson said that "it wouldn't hurt (Belinelli) to go down and play a bunch of games" with the Bakersfield Jam, Golden State's affiliate in the NBA Development League, the 21-year-old is firmly against that plan.

"I don't want to go, because I think that I am an NBA player," Belinelli said. "I think that I can play at this level, and I want to be here, to work with my teammates. We have a beautiful group and I'm part of it."
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