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Repetition is key for Bulls guard Marco Belinelli

Updated: November 18, 2012 7:19AM

Marco Belinelli confessed Monday that he’s struggling to learn a new system for a team with high expectations. But rather than pile on the shooting guard, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau threw him a life preserver.

“He’s a very good catch-and-shoot player, he’s a very good pick-and-roll player, he’s good in transition,’’ Thibodeau said Tuesday of Belinelli. ‘‘I just want him playing to his strengths. He’ll find his way. He’s been around. He’s already proven he’s a good player in this league.’’

Belinelli made the comment that Thibodeau’s system, both offensively and defensively, hasn’t been the easiest to get a handle of. But according to guard Nate Robinson, who also had Thibodeau when the coach was an assistant in Boston, it becomes easier with repetition.

“The more and more we do it, the better we should be at it,’’ Robinson said. “That’s something I love. I was with Thibs at Boston, and we run pretty much some of the same sets. Our Ray Allen is Rip [Hamilton], so we run the same things.’’

What could have been

Before signing a two-year deal with the Bulls this offseason, Kirk Hinrich mulled signing with the Milwaukee Bucks.

“We talked, and we talked after he kind of decided what he wanted to do,’’ Bucks coach Scott Skiles said of Hinrich’s decision. “He was able to come here and start while Derrick [Rose] is out, and who knows? Maybe he’ll continue to start when Derrick comes back. Maybe they’ll start together, I don’t know. It’s a place he’s comfortable with. He’s got a home here. We were battling some odds, that’s for sure.’’

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