Marco Belinelli Needs A Nickname

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Warriors’ first round draft pick Marco Belinelli has been the ragazzo d’oro (golden boy) of the Vegas Summer League, but so far, the Italian import has no good nicknames. According to his Wikipedia page (and his Italian version too), his only sopranome is “Beli.” Bo-ring!

Let’s change that.

Bay Area sports fans, it’s up to us to find our newest fan-favorite Warrior a nickname. Oh, and the first person to suggest “Italian Stallion” gets banned. Originality, people.

Here are a few ideas to get the juices flowing:

  • Il Tiratore: We saw this on GSoM. It means “the shooter” in Italian. It’s good, but we can do better.
  • Dio: God.
  • The Espresso Machine: Vinnie “The Microwave” Johnson energized those Celtics Pistons team with “instant offense”; Belinelli will provide a similar offensive jolt for the Warriors off the bench.
  • Nellie’s Beli: This one really doesn’t make much sense, but it’s been thrown out there because it’s cute. Errrr, clever. Clever!
  • The Renaissance: Plus, you’ve got the duality of the Warriors’ own rebirth.
  • The Duro Euro: “Duro” means “hard” in Italian, and we know Marco’s not just another soft European in the mold of Vlade Divac and Peja Stojakovic. But there are those, um, sexual undertones.
  • The Crazy Bolognese: It rhymes. If he proves to be the second coming of Mike Dunleavy on defense, the Lazy Bolognese.
  • Omerta: We like this one. Omerta is the Sicilian code for silence (usually in the context of mafia doings). When Belinelli nails a couple threes of the bench in Staples Center, the crowd will go silent. He will be a silencer.
  • Three Point Mafia: You know, like the Oscar winners.
  • Wop N’ Pop: This is actually more of a set play. Some teams have the pick n’ roll; look for Nellie to run the wop n’ pop, taking advantage of Marco’s shooting touch.
  • La Cosa Nostra: He’s our thing.
  • Sprezzatura: The Renaissance ideal of making the difficult look easy. The meaning fits, as Marco makes the game look easy, and the word is fun to say, but it’s a bit of a mouthful. This is one of our favorites, mostly because we like saying it. Sprezzatura.
  • EVOO: Yeah, we hate Rachael Ray, but MB’s game is smooth like olive oil.
  • Il Guerriero: Italian for “warrior.”
  • Intrepido!: It means “fearless.” If the summer league games are any indication, Belinelli is not scared to take the quick three or take it hard to the rim. Plus, we like the idea of Jim Barnett screaming “Intrepido!” after a Belinelli dunk.

We suspect that the more we see him play, the more ideas we’ll get. For now though, feel free to share your suggestions/votes.

64 Responses to Marco Belinelli Needs A Nickname

  1. Max Mercy says:

    lazy eye belinelli

  2. Anonymous says:

    wop ‘n’ pop… HAHAHAHA

  3. Don’t forget “Marco… Marco… Marco… POLO!”

    http://www.goldenstateofmind.com/story/2007/7/7/214655/9516

    Keep up the great work!

  4. Anonymous says:

    i really thought vinnie johnson microwaved the celts while playing for the pistons.

  5. NBA Glue says:

    “Alfredo” or “Carbonara”. Both are white, both are Italian, both are good.

  6. steve says:

    How about Jelly Belly Belinelli

  7. jon says:

    a friend of mine and i have been calling him italian job.

  8. One person says:

    I think (but I’m not sure) Il Tiratore means “the sniper.” I think that makes it better.

  9. the microwave says:

    Um Vinnie Johnson played for the PISTONS… but good post

  10. Homerdrew says:

    I think we’re making it a bit to tough on ourselves. I’m leaning towards the Italian Stallion (running and all that), The Zip (what people called Furio on the sopranos when he came over), The Naplese Nightmare (take off on Christian Okoye’s nickname, though I have no clue if Belinelli is from Naples), l’uomo delle signore (the ladies man…then KNBR could play all sorts of clips from that movie and SNL), Belly (taking the DMX route from his Wiki nickname), and finally Enrico Palazzo (Leslie Nielsen’s alter ego in Naked Gun)

  11. andrea baggio says:

    hi guys,
    I’m an italian fan
    please listen to me:

    -) ITALIAN STALLION please no. If you choose it, the italians will think you are a country that knows the same 4-5 thinghs about italy (mandolino, spaghetti, mafia, stallone, pizza). Italy is a little like that (specially on south) but luckily not only like that.
    -) THE CRAZY BOLOGNESE is ugly, there isn’t fantasy.
    -) OMERTA’ no because is a word with a very very negative sense. It is tipical of a man with no strength, pride, a coward man.
    -) THREE POINT MAFIA is insulting
    -) the same thing for LA COSA NOSTRA
    -) NAPLES is a town that doesn’t matter with BELINELLI lifeway. He comes from BOLOGNA, it’s not the same.
    -) SPREZZATURA has not a sense; it seems SPREZZANTE that means “overconfident”
    -) ALFREDO is ridicoulus but it can works.
    -) CARBONARA is worst then ALFREDO
    -) ENRICO PALAZZO is ridicoulus too. It is a name of a guy who lives and works in Germany. No one knows it in Italy. not even in the Leslie Nielsen movies.

    the other nicknames are ok (more or less)
    -) INTREPIDO! is the name of old comic and sport strips of the ’70 (http://www.pagine70.com/vmnews/wmview.php?ArtID=465).
    -) IL GUERRIERO is good but without fantasy
    -) DIO is good
    -) THE ESPRESSO MACHINE is no bad (better maybe only ESPRESSO)
    -) IL TIRATORE means SHOOTER; SNIPER is “CECCHINO”

    I can suggest:
    -) CECCHINO” (chek-kee-no). it means “sniper”.
    -) IL SANTO – (as IL MAGO for bargnani) it means “the saint”; it reminds something of otherwordly.
    -) BELìN – it means “dick” “cock” in Genoa dialect but is smoth to hear. It let imagine something that slips away or better something that squeezes on everywhere.
    -) SVAMPITO it means “hare-brained” like he seems.
    -) CONFUSED he seams always like that.
    -) IL GUARDIANO (because he is a guard); it means”watchman”; maybe it is not the world to recognize him.
    -) IL GIUDIZIO it means “the judgement”
    -) BELLI CAPELLI it means “nice hear” and we use that to call someone who likes to the peaople likes him.
    -) IL DUCA or THE DUKE because his noble figure
    -) OMBRA it means “shadow”. his plays remind a killer who shoots coming from shadows.
    -) IL PRINCIPE it means “the prince” but it would be not original.
    -) GARISENDA (Bologna has two medieval towers. the big one is Asinelli, the small one is Garisenda)
    -) EMILIO (he comes from the county of Emilia, Emily)
    -) SONNO it means “sleep” (you can imagine why)
    -) IL SONNAMBULO it means someone who walks sleeping

    bye guys.
    go warriors !

    My favorite is IL SANTO (it reminds also a tv serial of the ’70 – Simon Templar do you remember ? – or the movie with Val Kilmer)

  12. HotPot says:

    ha has a couple
    THE SHARPSHOOTER
    ROCKY BALBOA
    BellieNellie

  13. brian harp says:

    im gonna go straihgt to hte point Ittallion stallion

  14. Angelo D'Elia says:

    his nickname should be “diami tre” = give me three

    sounds like (deeyametray)

  15. Tommy Dexter says:

    ENRICO PALLAZZO IS PERFECT!

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    i like “the pizzaiola”

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