BUT? What does that have to do with Chandler, Walker and Williams eating Gallo up in practice? How far fetched is that? I can definitely see it happening on a daily basis...
As far as your Zach argument is concerned, I have always said -- and will continue to do so -- that he is a good player, however, he is too slow, not enough of a shot blocker and too much of a black hole to be be as efficient in our system as he is in Memphis.
Does a player need meaningful minutes before you evaluate him? Can you blame him for not caring considering D'Antoni wasn't even putting him in the game when we were up by 30 points going into the 4th? It seems as if he doesn't have any motivation because he's in the doghouse and it seems kind of unfair given that he was a pretty decent player with the Warriors.
But then you go on the other side of the coin and wonder if you can trust him with meaningful minutes if he doesn't even use garbage time well.
It's tough...I do think D'Antoni should've played our benchwarmers to start the 4th instead of just waiting until the end of the game...I mean, the Suns were not coming back from that one...
PAt come on r u serious... im not saying bench him completely... but he should come off the bench.. yes..
there r many player in the league with aroung 15 ERR ratings that come off the bench.. for example Jamal Crawford...
all im saying is this.. given the same minutes.. Shawne Williams can produce the same number Gallo produces.. however Shawne Williams cant replace a player like Chandler
I disagree with the black hole comparison to Zach.. Gallo doenst pass the ball..
he steps back and lauches 3pters.. rarely does he drive the ball..which he should do more of
i think zach and Gallo average about the same assists.... as far as our team is concerned Gallo is the blackhole for us.. he just does it from the perimiter.. which lead to fast break point for the other team
I am only signed up here but if you have got a real GM account, by all means go to their universal NBA forum and without any further reference ask them whether Zach Randolph is a good fit for the Knicks current system. If you get positive results, I will eat my words.
Great pt about the passing, too.
See. When people talk like Gallo is a 1trick pony, or "just steps back and launches threes", we either watch different games, or they are myopic to Gallo. Not that they are blind to basketball, the knicks, or games, but to Gallo? Without a doubt.
Countless times this season he has had reasonable 3pt looks, only to make moves to drive and either get to the basket or make a pass. 1trick benchplaying 3pt shooters don't get to the line 15times a game and ice free throws, and make instrumental clutch plays to close out games or keep them tight (a l BOS game, where Gallo's dunks and late drive and 1 was the very thing that gave us the true chance to win)
On that note, the *quality* of his passes are extremely high and savvy. Which is exactly what you'd want from a forward, particularly in this offense and with Felton. Regardless of how many "assists" he happens to register in the stat book.
He is very skilled and willing to ball movement.
That Gallo has these skill, but is still flawed in them and his play...doesn't negate them.
It's actually just what you'd expect for a 22yr old with big shoes to fill, in his 2nd full season.
It's possible Gallo is overrated, terminally so. But it's impossible to truly debate that pt if ppl are fronting like he is a 1trick pony or robotic 3pt fiend.
And re: being the son of D'ant's friend. Lol. He was a high projected lotto pick. His drafting wasn't a reach. He has/had skills (passing savvy, maturity, some experience, range) that D'ant covets, regardless of who the person is.
It's a straw man argument and a superficiality to really think D'ant, and Walsh, would sacrifice NYK NBA basketball wins and team development bc D'ant want a to throw some old Italian friend a bone by playing his son...because he's a friend's son?
That d'ant gives a long leash, etc etc is simply bc he likes him as a player, is a big young lotto pick, and that he has lots of talent and he's giving him some more time (I'd suspect all this season) to see if he can really blossom.
That there is a tangental off-court relationship is incidental.
This isn't behind closed doors politics. It's pro ****ing NYC basketball.
Ironically though, you were more in favor of waiting and seeing how the inconsistent Chandler developed. The same position I have with Gallo.
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Life is unfair.
Do you think Eli Manning would be a starting QB in the league (after his first 2 seasons) if he wasn't related to Peyton. They could have Akili smithed him....it's just what happens.
EIther way Gallo is ok, at least he's much better this year than he was in years past.
We had some posters here who were all but dead set on dumping Chandler for Rudy Fernandez, saying that we needed an SG, blah blah...Rudy fills a need, Chandler doesn't, Rudy has an outside shot, Chandler doesn't...
And I almost hopped on board that train until I realized that Chandler was a good player and I wasn't ready to trade him JUST YET. He's really emerged and demonstrated what he's capable of doing.
Hasn't Gallo done the same? He's not the exact same player as he was last year, he's far better. He's a far better defender than he was at the start of last year, he's relied on shooting the 3 much less than he did last year, and he's gotten much better at his other tools...keep in mind we didn't draft Gallo because of his shot...
1) D'antoni did sit this guy down when he was playing awful in the beginning of the season.
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While I do not completely agree with this article I can see the sense of D'antoni and Walsh are investing in their high draft pick. Meaning last year we knew most of our roster was going to be shipped out instead of a few key players like Chandler and Gallo. D'antoni spent a lot of time at the end of the year on those guys and discarded guys like Harrington.
Again, I'm not saying it does not saying it does not exist, but I'm not sure if it truly does exists or if it is at a horrible degree.