Despite his preseason proclamation that he would look to Manu Ginobili like a father Marco Belinelli has yet to move into the Ginobili abode. Nor does Ginobili with a wife and two young sons have much time to school his newest teammate on the mysteries of life.

For now their relationship will be limited primarily to the basketball court where the two foreigners are quickly developing a rapport that bodes well for the upcoming season. Both have enjoyed solid preseasons with Ginobili shooting 55.6 percent on 3-pointers and Belinelli not far behind at 52.6 percent.

More than stats it’s their analogous playing styles resulting in a partnership that augments the Spurs’ emphasis on ball and player movement that stands out most. They enjoyed their best stretch of the preseason together in Tuesday’s 123-101 victory over Orlando scoring or assisting on 25 of 31 points spanning the first and second quarters to help the Spurs blow open what had been a tie game.

As Ginobili noted it came against a young opponent lacking two of their best players — a far cry from the upper-tier competition the Spurs will have to best to secure their fifth championship.

“It’s still too early” he said “to be making conclusions.”

But now that he’s gotten a whiff of Belinelli’s game Ginobili expressed his excitement at the prospect of having another like-minded guard to shoulder ball handling responsibilities on the second unit.

“I had fun (against Orlando)” Ginobili said. “I think he did too. We got good minutes together. Of course it’s not easy for him. It’s a completely different system with players who have been here for a long time. He’s basically the only new one with Jeff. But he’s doing really well. He can play.”

Ginobili isn’t the only one to notice. Tim Duncan also praised Belinelli noticing the same qualities that make him a reasonable if lesser facsimile of the Spurs’ long-time Argentinian standout.