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Belinelli says it's not easy being away from the court, eager to get season restarted

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San Antonio Spurs' Marco Belinelli (18) runs upcourt after scoring a three-point basket as the team's bench and fans celebrate during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, Friday, Dec. 21, 2018, in San Antonio. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

The last time the San Antonio Spurs played was on March 15, 2020 against the Dallas Mavericks.

Following that game, the NBA season was wisely put on hold due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Since the season was put on hiatus, players are quarantined to help stem the spread of the virus, and it has pushed them into finding ways to stay ready in case the season does resume.

But for Spurs' Marco Belinelli, it has been challenging.

Speaking with Italian outlet Sky Sport, Belinelli admits the layoff has been a struggle for him. He worries about being physically ready and in rhythm should the NBA resume play.

"It's very tough. It's a total lack of basketball," Belinelli said. "It is important to stay active every day to understand when the season restarts, but the work routine is completely broken right now. I don't have a basket to be able to train because I live in a apartment on the 15th floor. Thinking about it, I have never spent so long without shooting."

That will be one of the main issues if the NBA starts play once the coronavirus pandemic subsides.

Most players will be out of game-shape, team chemistry will need to be reestablished, as well as allowing players to find their shooting stroke again especially for shooters like Belinelli.

"It will not be easy to regain confidence with the ball, it will not even be immediate to find one's breath and physical condition," said Belinelli. "The longer the stoppage period is extended, the more we will need time to get back into the game rhythm, perhaps with a mini-training camp."

Said Belinelli: "But at the moment there are no shooting sessions or matches, not to mention the 19 games we need to finish the regular season. I really hope we can start over as quickly as possible. We are all waiting."

Belinelli shot 39-percent from the field and 36-percent from the three-point line through 52 games played.

But should the Spurs restart their season, the team has been attentive to the player's needs during the stoppage according to Belinelli.

"All of us have received some tools from the Spurs to train at home, so this is what we do every day," Belinelli said. "Stretching, various activities. Obviously, it is not easy. I try to keep busy. The days are very long but you have to stay at home. It is too important at the moment, in Italy as well as here in Texas."

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