Stop beating a dead horse- they don't understand. They're blinded by fandum, a few good games, etc...
Trying hard to sound intellectual doesn't cover their lack of basketball knowledge- quite a paradox.
The point is not that he has it, one would be foolish to claim Gallo has a solid low-post game.
But again, for the 15th time which you and Red have avoided...
He will never develop such a game if he gets stored on the bench...
Why are you just looking to quit on this kid rather than even attempting to allow him to develop beyond one year of actual play?
Your claim fails simply for this one reason: if we do what you say, we basically are forfeiting yet ANOTHER draft pick rather than taking the time to actually let this guy develop...rather than see what he has to offer in more than a year of real NBA play, we just throw our hands up in the air and quit on him...why does that make any sense? What good does quitting on him do? Does it get us Brook Lopez? Does it give us a better option? Does trading Gallinari and his potential get us even 2 cents on the dollar?
I understand you think he sucks, he is a never-will-be, all that ****. And you are entitled to your opinion. But the fact is we have this guy, we spent a lottery pick on him, and to just throw our hands up and sulk about it does no good. If, by the end of next year, he hasn't shown he is good enough to have consistent minutes on a nightly basis, then fine. But to just quit on this kid after one year of NBA play to me is absolutely ludicrous and beyond explanation.
Again, to repeat, using your own words...he will never be a consistent scorer until he develops a low post game...but if you had your way he would never even have that chance.
Your alternative to ditching Gallinari and basically forfeiting another draft pick is a pipe dream of 1) getting Gilbert Arenas' contract voided and 2) signing the hot-headed criminal to a deal that pays him American dollars. Ludicrous.
Did I ever say that Gallo should never play????? Nooooooo. But that game last night 87-87 at the end of three quarters. Gallo is shooting his usual bricks, but D'antoni still plays the "****" the whole 4th quarter and even draws up the that last play for him, and Gallo proceeds to dribble off his foot out-of-bounds for a turnover. Playing time needs to be EARNED, not just given out because you are the coaches' godson. Why do you think the other guys look Gallo off most of the time when he is camped out 25 feet away from the goal???? Should I even mention the lack of defensive balance when your supposed power forward is camped out at the 3 point line instead of closer to the goal to catch or at least rebound. Gallo is second only to Aaron Brooks in 3 point attempts. All those bricks Gallo heaves up directly result in easy points for the other team in the form of long rebounds and runouts that lead to easy layups. C'mon I can't be the only one who knows this stuff....
I have had high hopes for Gallinari and have not abandoned them entirely, but my confidence in his "potential" and my consequent expectations are diminishing rapidly. Last night's effort was painful to watch. His offensive performance was abysmal. Jimk and Red make some very valid points.
Gallo's 3 point percentage is dropping precipitously, in part, I believe because most of those shots are contested by players guarding him closely. He must make players pay for close guarding. He has got to improve his handle and develop a post-up and midrange game. He must also get a lot stronger. There is no excuse for two or three rebounds a game.
I hope that over the summer he does not relax in Milan and enjoy the pasta. He has a lot of work to do.
Harrington played a great game. But we have an extraordinarily selfish team right now. There are no distributors -- not even Rodriguez. The difference in ball movement between the Knicks and Utah was striking.
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Time machines don't exist. That's all I have to say.