The World Cup is approaching, with Derrick White and Gregg Popovich represents the Spurs for team USA. Marco Belinelli is to play with his pride in Italy. They had the confidence to beat anybody in the tournament.
” I think we have a good team, we’re ready to play. For sure, there are teams that people say are better than us but at the same time, we are just focused on being better every day in every practice and every game.”
Currently ranked 13th as of FIBA World Power Rankings. China, Tunisia, Turkey, and even Germany are on top with them.
“ Being not so high in the ranking is a good motivation for us. I don’t really care where people rank us. I just try to improve and be better. We’ll see in this tournament what happens”.
Italy is in Group D together with a powerhouse Serbia, Philippines, and Angola. The top two in the group will advance into the next round. The Italian will play the Philippines first on August 31. Next is Angola on September 2 and finally the showdown against Serbia on September 4.