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    Default Danilo Gallinari is the Best!!!

    As the resident Knick fan at pretty much any social or family gathering, I often get asked about the prospect of LeBron joining the [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] in 2010. My response typically centers around the notion that getting under the cap is more important than any single free agent, and that I'm satisfied enough with the Knicks' young core to not sweat it too much. This usually raises eyebrows. At that point, I usually cite David Lee's reliability and [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]'s blossoming grasp of his physical gifts. That gets anything from an eye roll to a half-certain nod. Then I drop the bomb: I also think [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] is a future All-Star. The response goes one of two ways- either "What's a Danillagally?" or bemused snorting, often accompanied by a spit-out drink.
    I thought it'd be interesting to bounce this off of the P&T community. I'll make my case and open discussion to determine whether I'm on to something or bat**** crazy. I'm already certain that it's a combination of both, but let's have a look at the evidence. I've sort of written this post before (as well as a [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]), but I'm digging deeper and looking for a greater response this time.
    Danilo Gallinari Is The Best!!
    by Seth Rosenthal
    - Danilo Gallinari turns 21 in a little over a week. His NBA career to date amounts to 412 minutes over 28 games, 26 of which were played off the bench. Therefore, I'm extrapolating from a fairly small sample. I know this. Taken alone, each of these little bits of evidence wouldn't be enough. It's the constellation of qualities that has me all hot and bothered.

    - I'm probably not intelligent enough to be messing with numbers like this, but consider the following: Danilo Gallinari's True Shooting Percentage (which includes and adjusts for twos, threes, and free throws) last season [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]. Gallo didn't play enough to qualify for the leader board, but with just 90 more minutes (about 6 more games) at that pace, he'd be [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]. Danilo Gallinari is good at shooting basketballs.

    - Gallo [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] more threes (32-72) than twos (24-53), but also went 26-27 from the line.

    - Danilo's handles are fairly impressive for a man his size. Observe exhibits [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], and [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] (about 3:20 in on that last one).

    - We have some reason to believe that Gallo is willing and able to be clutch as hell. (From about 2:20 forward [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]).

    - Gallinari's got heaps of confidence and plenty of determination. The man [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]. I know that everybody wants to be a champion, but Danilo really wants to be a champion.

    - "Il Gallo" already has a [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].

    - There's a distinct possibility that Gallinari's bad back forbids him from ever fulfilling his potential. But by the same token, everything we saw from Danilo last year was accomplished on a back so bad he sometimes couldn't [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] or [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] without pain. We've yet to see a fully healthy Gallinari. Skeptics say we probably never will. I say the best is yet to come.

    - Gallinari is 6'11", but doesn't project to play a big man's role. His rebounding and shot-blocking [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] (again, as Mike notes, on a bad back) were rather stinky. That said, guys like [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], and [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] have been plenty successful as tall men with backcourt skillsets. I envision Gallo as one of these swing-forward types, and I'd even offer on observation alone that his defensive "motor" is already miles ahead of each of those three.

    So, there's no doubting that I am certifiably insane to be basing my hopes on a youngster who played in just 28 injury-plauged games last year. At the same time, I saw some things in those 412 minutes of stiff but impressive basketball that lead me to believe that Danilo Gallinari has the makings of an NBA star. I'll add that, for one reason or another, I don't take Gallinari to be another fragile Euro who'll never play a full season. For the moment, I'm dismissing the back problem as a fluke, and believe that this post-surgery Gallo is the one we'll watch for years to come.

    What do you think? Hit the polls and comment below. I want to know if I'm alone in my semi-psychotic optimism.
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    How high was he when he wrote this article.

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    I think the "badass hand signal" reference proves that Seth did his research. I believe every word.

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    I believe in GALLO. I was taking the New York Bar on Wednesday and I'm arguing with a friend of mine on how good Gallo could be. He wouldn't even listen. This guy swears by Jamal Crawford.

    He kept throwing that Gallo isn't proven. I know that. But Gallo played a few games and I am impressed b/c we haven't seen anything yet. Hopefully that back of his wont be an issue. But Gallo got game.


    Im not into Euro trash. I didnt think Gallo could be anything But I heard about his toughness (what the Knicks sorely lack) so I was like lets just pick him. But still skeptical. But Gallo has something I didnt see a Knick player have in years a winning mentality with a solid game to come with.


    Gallo BABY!!!!!

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    its amazing how many haters he has.the guy can be very special.he can be better than turk, and i think he'll be a much better rebounder than he showed last season.

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    Whew....

    Drugs are goooood.

    Loving the thumbs up outlook from this hippie, but I think he said it best himself

    I want to know if I'm alone in my semi-psychotic optimism.
    So much is riding on this kids broken back. Personally, I'm not oozing with hope, just highly interested in what could be a very determining season for him.

    I hope he ****ing kills it.



    I hope for his sake that his back wasn't playing up on this night.

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    Originally Posted by ANU
    its amazing how many haters he has.the guy can be very special.he can be better than turk, and i think he'll be a much better rebounder than he showed last season.
    There is no haters of GALLO.....there are plenty HATERS for all u guys that do nothing but hype-up Gallo without any facts.
    Post like this should be on comedy central, it's no longer optimistic.
    Be patient and wait untill u see Gallo play consistent NBA games before putting your foot in your mouth.
    I too, would rather talk about bum-Crawful & Bum-Q.Rich on how their above 30 mpg performance gave their previous team 23 win seasons, than talk about a player (Gallo) that does not have enough playingtime in the NBA summer league games and regular season games to evaluate his NBA performance.

    Right Now:
    Gallo is a NBA star player just like Lebron James is coming to New York as a Knick. WTF....wake-up your alarm clock is broke!!!

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