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Gallinari's Potential?

Knicks 97, Bobcats 93
Inspired by Bird, Gallinari Boosts the Knicks

Published: January 7, 2010

A few days ago Donnie Walsh handed Danilo Gallinari, the Knicks’ promising young forward, a DVD that could alter the trajectory of his career. Walsh, the Knicks’ president, gave Gallinari a collection of Larry Bird highlights, a captivating 30-minute compilation highlighting many of Bird’s best moves, passes, post-ups and rebounds.

Gallinari said he had watched the tape at least 10 times over the past three days and that every move was seared into his mind. The one play Gallinari enjoyed the most, he said, was when Bird told the former SuperSonic Xavier McDaniel that he was about to shoot a 3-pointer over his head and there was absolutely nothing McDaniel could do about it.

“And then he did it,” Gallinari said, shaking his head. “What’s better than that?”

For Walsh, the only thing better would be to see Gallinari take all the aspects of Bird’s game that he could emulate — Bird’s court awareness and vision, his positioning, and perhaps a bit of his supreme self-confidence — and fold them into his swifter, more athletic frame.

Gallinari is not expected to become the next Larry Bird. Too many 6-foot-10 forwards have been given that unforgiving label and fallen well short. But there can be brief moments when the comparison is apt, and Gallinari had a few of them Thursday night at Madison Square Garden in helping lead the Knicks to a 97-93 victory over the Charlotte Bobcats.

Gallinari scored 17 points, 9 in the fourth quarter. His two 3-pointers in the final 91 seconds quashed any hopes the Bobcats had of winning.

With the victory, the Knicks’ record improved to 15-20 and they skipped into ninth place in the Eastern Conference standings, just percentage points behind the Milwaukee Bucks for the final playoff spot. The outcome also prevented the Bobcats from gaining the head-to-head playoff tie breaker over the Knicks should the teams finish with the same record in the regular season.

“That’s big,” Gallinari said. “We knew that coming into the game. That’s important for us.”

Wilson Chandler scored a game-high 27 points and David Lee added 22 for the Knicks, while Stephen Jackson scored 26 for Charlotte. Jackson said the Knicks could not cover the Bobcats.

“They couldn’t guard us man-to-man, so they went to a zone,” he said. “It’s a game we should have won, but they made the big plays down the stretch.”

Gallinari, who leads the N.B.A. in 3-pointers made, finished 5 for 11 from beyond the 3-point arc.

With the Knicks leading, 87-86, Gallinari hit a shot from 24 feet to make the score 90-86. After the Bobcats missed two 3-point attempts, Gallinari stepped back four feet and hit another one. If it was not like scoring over McDaniel, but it was satisfying nonetheless.

After the game, Gallinari was asked if there were any boundaries to his long-distance shooting.

“In practice I have no limits,” he said with a smile. “I feel comfortable from that range.”

Gallinari was a small boy when Bird retired in 1992, but he said he did see a lot of Bird’s highlight reels. Gallinari’s father, Vittorio, a professional star in Italy, considered Bird his favorite player, so he made sure his son saw snippets of Bird’s career. Now Walsh is the mentor pointing him toward the flickering images of Bird making no-look passes, off-balance shots and pull-up 3-pointers.

“I’ve learned a lot from watching the tape,” Gallinari said. “I don’t know about playing at his level, but I want to learn from him, that’s for sure.”


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Gallinari's is the best

Gallinari's is the best young International prospect impo

EVEN IF NYK gets any BIG NAME PLAYER

NYK still needs a smart strong Okafor type big man to compete with LAL, BOS

in a playoff series

THAT IS WHY franchise players like

DWYANE WADE doesnt want to come there,
Wade said "historically you need big men to win"

NO REBOUNDS no RINGS

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I'm already on record saying Gallinari isn't that good right now and that his balloned stats are directly correlated to the offense within he plays.

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6 foot 6 I gave you a point

6 foot 6 I gave you a point for the forum topic.

Dhamp2.....the greatest basketball mind in the world. Next to Hubie Brown anyway.

1. I always taking a stand.
2. D-Howard is overated!
3. Sure Melo was a semi-easy pick to lead the NBA in scoring, but there are rougly 250 players in the NBA and I chose and stood by one player!!!! I could've picked Kobe or Lebron, Wade, myself, whoever!!!
4. Big ups to Matt Barnes finally starting in Orlando
5. Carl Landry needs more publicity. He's second on the Rockets team in scoring.

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best international prospects

best international prospects are yi,gallinar, and babargnani. not in a particular order. each one is playing pretty well

babargnani-16pts 6 reb
yi- 16pts 7reb
gallinari 14pts 4reb

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If Yi and Bargiani are the

If Yi and Bargiani are the best international prospects, which they probably are, then are would focus on drafting American players. There's more talent here.

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1. I always taking a stand.
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3. Sure Melo was a semi-easy pick to lead the NBA in scoring, but there are rougly 250 players in the NBA and I chose and stood by one player!!!! I could've picked Kobe or Lebron, Wade, myself, whoever!!!
4. Big ups to Matt Barnes finally starting in Orlando
5. Carl Landry needs more publicity. He's second on the Rockets team in scoring.

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I am asking if Gallinari is

I am asking if Gallinari is a legitimate centerpiece

if he gets the offense ran through him

and your team starts building around you

that makes you a centerpiece

Is Gallinari a legitimate centerpiece? Should Knicks build around him?

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no

no

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so if Knicks get Lebron

so if Knicks get Lebron Gallianri has to go?

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i rather build around a

i rather build around a bunch of other american players like rose beasley gordan, love, jennings, evans, blake( even though he hasnt played yet) wall . thats just the young players. but iwould like gallanari as my third option or and at best on a team with 2 stars like peja with the kings

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i dont think so i think he

i dont think so i think he can work well with lebron. hes tall enough to move to the pf. just get him a lil stronger and have lebron at the sf and wilson at the sg. lebron can help out on pf and check them untill gall is ready. i think they would need one other lower star to be lebrons side kick though

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lebron go to NYK and play

lebron go to NYK and play PF

doesnt smell like a contender to me

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not right away but they

not right away but they could be the year after next once curry's contract comes off the books or he gets traded and the same with jefferies

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his stats

Aren't a product of the system. No matter what system you put him in, he can shoot. He is only averaging 11 shots a game. Too many of them are threes but he is making them in a good percentage. He does and is adding to his game (offensively) but if he averaged 12 shots in a half court system I think he would put up the same numbers. Especially if he was paired with a player who can draw the defense while they drive in (ex. Wade. LBJ, CP, Kobe, etc) or a big man who can post and pass out of a double team. He is not a superstar. I not sure he can develop in to a star player that can carry a team every day. But I see him being a good secondary player to a superstar player and being able to play in any system.Though his defense isn't great, the effort is always there. He never gives up on a play. Even when he is beaten off the dribble (which happens a lot)he will still trail you and try and block you from behind. When his shots aren't falling he still brings effort to all other aspects of the game. He plays with heart and doesn't flop like most Euros do. The dude is legit. Too many people are sleeping on him. Not a superstar or a star yet but the talent and effort is there.

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I think his potential is

I think his potential is somewhere between Mike Miller when he played for the Grizzlies and Peja Stojakavic when he played for Sacremento.

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galinari, bargnani,

galinari, bargnani, nowitzki, ginobili, parker...that'd be a fun lineup

Taylor Condrin...the 2nd greatest mind on this site...next to Dhamp2 anyway.

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3. Chase Budinger is a starter in this league
4. Brandon Bass and Marcin Gortat to Houston for Luis Scola would be exciting
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Hopefully

Hopefully, he is closer to Peja (Sac years as opposed to Miller, Grizz years) I see Detlef (as someone pointed out before), mixed in with Chuck person or Thunder Dan as far as being able to spot up from anywhere.

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Taylor Condrin....I like

Taylor Condrin....I like your style. I like the Flip Murray and Nate Robinson comparison, lol.

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KNICKS DONT RUN A FAST

KNICKS DONT RUN A FAST OFFENSE. People are so ignorant, knicks are 9th in the league in pace and close to last in fast break points. Gallo has only played 60 games in his career and is coming off an injury, give the kid some time. For the knick fans that actually watch games they know he does a lot more than shoot 3s and is actually one of our better passers, blockers and one on one defenders.

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mayeb because the offense

mayeb because the offense has changed but in the beginning of the year the knicks ran a fast offense and were tryna win by out scoring people

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Danilo, has proven more than

Danilo, has proven more than just shooting 3's. He plays very good defense something not all euros do. Also, he has a beautiful way of getting fouled. I want to see him driving to the basket more. There is no reason why Danilo can not get to the line 8-12 times a game, and I am not exaggerating. He is such a mismatch for teams. He's taller than Small Forwards, and faster than Power Forwards. Guard try guarding him from the outside, but he shoots right over them. He plays with a lot of fire, you can tell when he gets frustrated, I love when he displays that because as a fan I can tell he really wants to win.

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now youre biasness is

now youre biasness is kicking in.. he plays ok defense i wouldnt go as far to say his defense is very good. lets be reasonable now. im sure his defense will get better but right now its not considered "very good"

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Okay, fine I am being bias.

Okay, fine I am being bias. Though his defense has shown that with work it can be "very good."

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to emphisis my point ill

to emphisis my point ill show you what shes done against guys hes had to guard

melo-50
deng 23 (average from 2 games)
thaddeus young 25
maggette-22
beasley -20
g wallace -17

when i think very good defense i think of a guy who is stopping his man from getting there average and makign them shoot pretty bad

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Good point. Could you please

Good point. Could you please put up there shooting stats though.

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youre right though his

youre right though his defense can become very good. not too many euros end up being very good defenders though

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melo -60 deng 48 young

melo -60
deng 48
young 64
maggette-80
wallace-40
al thortan 17points 72 fg

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Thanks, man.

Thanks, man.

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melo -50

melo -50

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feild goal percentage

feild goal percentage 6-6....60

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i thought u meant points

i thought u meant points,

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i said points then he asked

i said points then he asked me what was each fg percentage.

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he is definitely not a good

he is definitely not a good defender, he lacks athleticism to be a good defender. But many people thought he would be a liability and he is definitely not that either. He is a very smart player and scrappy on defense and definitely holds his own. He is also a solid shot blocker and if he gets beat (which does happen because hes not very athletic) he makes sure to push or shove the player and rarely gives up easy baskets lol.

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I think he's a decent

I think he's a decent defensive player, he works hard at it and can be a presence with his length and size. I just think he goes through stretches where he gets lit up and loses focus at times..He's not a poor defender though, I can tell you that much.

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