Team Italy came into the 2019 FIBA World Cup ranked 13th overall in the FIBA world rankings and spirits were high that the Italians could reach the medal rounds.
However, the team would finish 3-2 and not qualify for the semi-finals.
This left San Antonio Spurs' Marco Belinelli upset at the team's showing at the tournament but says he is looking forward for the team to only get better.
The anger and the desire for redemption is great. Those who knows me well, I feel it. Now it is right to think back to all these days spent together, to all the days spent away from home and away from all the people we love. The desire to do well in this world championship was great. I didn't even read everything that was written. Too much for my taste. They have been days full of emotions with all my teammates, staff, physio-therapists, doctors, the President and many other important people. We have all worked to try to do the best we can. Needless to say, this did not happen, but we tried. I will bring myself out of this world championship with so much anger, but also with a great desire to improve.
Belinelli came into the tournament with high hopes for the Italian squad. He went as far to say the team does not fear anyone ahead of the World Cup.
“ 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 everyday, in every practice and in every game.”
Belinelli would finish averaging 15 points per game, 4.0 rebounds and shooting 40-percent in five games.
In his final game versus Puerto Rico, the Spurs guard was named the player of the game after finishing with 27 points in 40 minutes.