Belinelli Struggling in Bulls’ System
There have been times through the first three preseason games that the moment has appeared to be too big for Marco Belinelli.
On Monday, the Bulls shooting guard admitted that so far it has been.
“I don’t want to use this as an excuse, but for me it’s a new system, and for me this is really the first time I’ve played with a top-level team,’’ Belinelli confessed.
Obviously, life with playoff-challenged teams such as Golden State, Toronto and New Orleans over the last five seasons hasn’t prepared the 6-5 scorer for the Bulls, or more specifically, life with coach Tom Thibodeau. But Belinelli might want to get over those feelings of being overwhelmed real soon, like starting tonight when the team hosts the Milwaukee Bucks at the United Center.
“I mean we have a lot of plays, it’s a new system, and the defense, you know,’’ Belinelli responded, when asked if this system is tougher than previous ones he’s played in. “Everything is new for me, and I don’t want to use that as an excuse, but it’s maybe two weeks that we’ve played all together. Maybe with this thing you need some time, but we’re going to be good.’’
“I’m just trying to do my job, but I know that when I am on the court I have to be better on defense, try to create some plays for my teammates,’’ Belinelli added. “I didn’t score well in these three games in the preseason, but the shot will come.’’