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Knicks Smile At Gallinari’s Showing

In General NBA on September 30, 2009 at 7:22 pm

Very good article in the NY Times

Danilo Gallinari’s scouting report came to life Tuesday night, with dunks, deft passes and fluid moves. From the sideline, Mike D’Antoni could only smile and try not to get carried away.

It was just one training-camp scrimmage, the Knicks’ first of 2009. But watching a healthy, energetic Gallinari run the floor and make plays underlined what D’Antoni, the Knicks’ coach, has been saying all along: the kid can play.

“I’m excited,” D’Antoni said. “I’ll try to tone it down. But you see that he knows how to play.”

The article continues

The superlatives and expectations keep growing for Gallinari, the sixth overall pick in the 2008 draft. He showed no signs of discomfort in Tuesday’s two practices, or any indication that he had undergone minor back surgery five months ago.

He did, however, show off his full range of skills while playing with the first unit in the evening scrimmage.

Standing on the perimeter, Gallinari beat Larry Hughes off the dribble and fed David Lee inside for a layup attempt. (Lee missed.) When Al Harrington missed a 3-pointer, Gallinari soared in for a putback dunk. And in the highlight of the night, Gallinari spun past Ron Howard and flew in for a two-handed dunk. He missed a 3-pointer, but shooting is one skill the Knicks know Gallinari has in abundance.

Gallo has even bulked up a little bit

He reported to camp this year looking sturdy, with seven more pounds of muscle on his frame. He is now listed at 6 feet 10 inches and 225 pounds.

Donnie Walsh adds

“I just admire his game,” said Donnie Walsh, the team’s president. “He looks to get his teammates involved, he can shoot the ball, he can handle the ball and he’s a pretty tough kid.”

Thoughts

I am very excited about seeing Gallinari play this season.

I love watching wing players, and/or combo forwards, who can handle the ball and make plays for others. They’re a huge matchup problem, having that second creative perimeter player alongside your point guard can do great things to a team’s offensive versatility + efficiency.

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  1. Dave,

    As time goes by, please remember the words, “Larry Nowitzki” … and where exactly you read them first.

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    IMO, if Gallinari stays healthy this season … those who think that the Knicks are simply going to be a push-over in the East [including many of the good folks in Raptorville] will be in for a Rude Awakening.

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