In an interview released at La Stampa, the US President, Barack Obama, praised the qualities of Danilo Gallinari and Marco Belinelli. Barama talked before the meeting with Italian Prime Minister Mario Monti.
"Italy should be proud that his sons and daughters keep giving an important contributions to the success of the United States of America and our bilateral partnership. Obviously, I have to mention Danilo Gallinari and Marco Belinelli who give to the NBA more importance in Italy." said Barack Obama.
Hornets guard Marco Belinelli replied to Obama on Twitter saying: "Thx mr. president".