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Marco Belinelli Receives Italy’s Golden Neptune Award

By Jay Desai

Marco Belinelli, fresh off an NBA Championship and 3-Point Contest win at the 2014 NBA All-Star Game, has added another accolade to his list. This time it’s Italy’s Golden Neptune Award, also known as the Nettuno d’Oro.

For those of you who don’t know what the Nettuno d’Oro is, here’s a translation from an Italian Wikipedia page on the subject:

The Neptune is a gold prize awarded by the Municipality of Bologna from 1974 to businesses, citizens, institutions and cultural organizations that have honored us with their professional activities and publishes the city of Bologna .

The prize, awarded by resolution of the City Council of Bologna, is a reproduction of the statue of Neptune placed on the ‘ fountain of the same name , the symbol of the city.

Here are some photos of Marco Belinelli at the Nettuno d’Oro presentation via twitter.

che emozione Marco!! @marcobelinelli #nettunodoro #belination

— Chiaretta (@egochiara) September 17, 2014

Un grazie enorme a tutti! Porteró nel cuore tutte queste emozioni e San Giovanni in Persiceto sempre in alto con me — Marco Belinelli (@marcobelinelli) September 18, 2014

che emozione Marco!! @marcobelinelli #nettunodoro #belination

— Chiaretta (@egochiara) September 17, 2014

MARCO BELINELLI @marcobelinelli, NBA Champ, received the most important award of the City of Bologna “Nettuno d’Oro”. — InvictusSportsGroup (@InvictusSports) September 18, 2014

A short video was also presented at the ceremony about Marco Belinelli. The San Antonio Spurs guard burst into tears after watching it. Here’s an excerpt from LaGazzetta about it:

At the screening of a video celebrating the conquest NBA ring and the victory of the race for 3-Star Game, Belinelli burst into tears again reviewing his outburst after race-5 with Miami, but when he wept with joy also of anger against his detractors.“I have done so, are emotions that I come back out every time I hear about that video and the fine words for me,” said Belinelli before being moved again to the applause of his countrymen.

The short documentary of Marco Belinelli can be seen below.

Congratulations to Marco Belinelli!

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