Marco Belinelli Gets A Tattoo Of The Larry O’Brien Trophy To Celebrate NBA Championship

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Winning an NBA championship sure pulled at Marco Belinelli’s heart strings.

Since he came into the league in 2007, Belinelli has bounced around from team-to-team, failing to find the perfect fit. But sure enough, after one season with the Spurs, it looks like he has finally found himself a home. He had a career-year in 2013-2014, averaging 11.4 points on 43 percent shooting from three, and while he was a no-show in the finals he was a key cog off their bench all season long, and he’s set to continue his role as an energiser bunny next season.

So, with all that in mind, it came as no surprise that tears got the better of the 28 year old following the Spurs’ victory over the defending champions, as he struggled to get through an interview with an Italian media member. And yesterday, to celebrate his first championship — other than the one he won at the All Star Weekend’s three-point shootout, of course — he posted a couple of pictures on Instagram of his latest tattoo: an image of the Larry O’Brien trophy with the date of the Spurs’ penultimate victory underneath on his arm.

Getting a tattoo of the championship trophy before the start of the season, like Jason Terry did on two separate occasions, is a bit of a ballsy move because, well, not everyone’s season can end in celebration. (Terry won one championship with the Dallas Mavericks, which made him look like a crazy genius at the time, but then he jumped the gun when he joined the Celtics and now he just has a tattoo of a leprechaun holding a trophy. That’s not ideal.) So kudos to Belinelli for waiting until it was set in stone to get inked up, and as long as he’s a member of the San Antonio Spurs, he’ll have a good chance of adding another ring — and meaningful tattoo — to his collection.

Scott Rafferty