NBA Roundtable

More On Gallinari

In General NBA on October 4, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Some good quotes from Mike D’Antoni in a NY Post article

Yesterday, D’Antoni clarified last week’s grand statement in which he called Gallinari “the best shooter I’ve ever seen.” D’Antoni explained he is not calling Gallinari a great scorer, but a great spot-up 3-point marksman, admitting he still cannot create his own shot.

Big difference, and a big problem when the Knicks need a big shot in the big moments.

“He’s not one of those guys who can get his own shot,” D’Antoni said, explaining why Gallinari may not be certified go-to guy in the final possessions. “He’ll have to play off other people who will have to create and pass. A pick and roll, they help and there’s Gallo. He’s more that type right now.”

D’Antoni continued

D’Antoni feels he can develop into the elite status of Hedo Turkoglu, to whom the coach has compared him.

“We’d like for him to get to be Turkoglu-ish where he can pick and roll and create his own stuff,” D’Antoni said. “He’s not there yet. I don’t know if Turkoglu was there either when he was 21.

“Right now, he doesn’t have the explosion or speed to get by somebody or create something for someone. In two three years, he’ll get stronger. To be honest, that is what will make him really good. If he never gets that, he’ll be good player, great shooter. That will separate him.”

D’Antoni also noted that Gallinari is still a bit passive out there, likely due to his own concerns about his back.

Though Gallinari has been draining almost everything he tosses up in drills and scrimmages from 3-point land before last night’s scrimmage, where he threw up brick after brick, D’Antoni has noticed a tentativeness on both ends, not mixing it up, perhaps protecting his surgically repaired back.

“He’s making sure he doesn’t overdo it, I hope,” D’Antoni said. “You can see he’s guarded at times.”

The back injury, almost a full year out of the NBA, only playing as a spot up shooter when he could play … I wouldn’t be surprised at all if it takes part of the season or a whole year before we see Gallinari’s ball-handling and passing ability take full effect.

The good thing is that he has Mike D’Antoni, a coach who gives his players great self-belief and the freedom to express themselves. If Gallo was playing a different coach I’d expect his passiveness to hold steady for a longer period of time, but D’Antoni has a good chance of getting that out of his system quickly. Let’s hope he does.

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