View Full Version : Why I am sorta glad Donnie is gone

06-28-2008, 04:11 PM
Yes, I know this is kind of nitpicky, but still.


Gallinari ready to deal with pressure from New York fans, media

Associated Press

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<!-- end story header --><!-- begin left column --><!-- begin page tools -->Updated: June 27, 2008, 3:32 PM ET

<!-- end page tools --><!-- begin story body --><!-- template inline -->GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- Sure, New York will be tough. Danilo Gallinari believes he is ready, since there was plenty of pressure playing in Milan.
Especially since he wore the same number as a giant of Italian hoops -- who now happens to be his coach.

Gallinari proved to be worthy of wearing Mike D'Antoni's No. 8 back home, and hopes to win over the fans that jeered him on draft night when he dons a New York Knicks (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/clubhouse?team=nyk) jersey with the same number next season.
"I think it is two different worlds," the 19-year-old Gallinari said Friday at the Knicks' training center. "There is a lot of pressure in Milan and a lot of pressure in New York. So I'm going to different places, but same place."
And not an easy one. Fans at the draft booed loudly when the Knicks took Gallinari on Thursday with the No. 6 pick, and that was nothing compared to what he'll hear if he doesn't produce right away next season.
"I think Danilo and I and Mike understand that he's going to have to answer all those questions by how he plays, and understand that he's a young player like all the other rookies and it'll be gradually better," Knicks president Donnie Walsh said.

Walsh said he got a strong recommendation from former coach Isiah Thomas after a European scouting trip, citing Gallinari's poise in crunch time at such a young age. :eek: :eek: :eek:

"Basically at the end of games, they gave him the ball and he made the plays," Walsh said. "For a guy that's that big, that's unusual."
Playing under D'Antoni should help Gallinari adjust to the NBA. D'Antoni was a star player and championship-winning coach in Italy, where he was once a teammate of Gallinari's father, Vittorio. On the phone after the pick, D'Antoni began the conversation in what was still pretty good Italian, Danilo Gallinari said.

"He played so many years in Europe and Italy, so he knows where I am from, where I come from, and he's probably the right guy to help me, the right coach to help me," Gallinari said.

Gallinari doesn't know D'Antoni well, but certainly knows of him. And when he showed up in Milan as a teenager and asked for No. 8, Gallinari was constantly reminded that "Mike D'Antoni is a legend in Milan."
"Some pressure about that," Gallinari said.

Unlike Kobe Bryant (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3118), who used to wear No. 8 in honor of D'Antoni, Gallinari's choice of the number had nothing to do with his new coach. He picked it for his birth date -- Aug. 8, 1988.

The Knicks believe Gallinari will be a good fit in D'Antoni's system because of his outside shooting ability. Listed at 6-foot-8, though Walsh said he's closer to 6-10, Gallinari shot 40 percent from 3-point range last season for Armani Jeans of Milan, averaging 17.5 points in Italian A-1 League play.
D'Antoni's offense depends on having shooters at every position, and Walsh recognized the Knicks didn't. Perhaps when he bulks up, Gallinari can be used as a perimeter-shooting power forward, the way Shawn Marion (http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/players/profile?statsId=3332) was under D'Antoni in Phoenix, where he developed into an All-Star.

Gallinari and Walsh both said a doctor told them the forward could grow another inch, perhaps making him as big a threat on the interior as he is from the outside.

"And he's a very, very good shooter," Walsh said. "So I think the combination of being able to take it to the goal and then shoot from the outside, for a guy that big I think is going to be a pretty lethal combination once he gets the strength and all that."
Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press

Why on Earth would Donnie listen to Isiah at all after IT's terrible performance as coach of the Pacers, his TERRIBLE decision in advising Donnie to draft Fred Jones when Donnie wanted Tayshaun Prince, and his subsequent disaster in coaching NY?

No, I'm not saying IT alone made this pick, but the fact that he has ANY influence is scary. If I were Donnie, I'd be sending him to scout in the Afghanistan Basketball League and that's it.

06-28-2008, 06:25 PM
Geez....Zeke is still contributing to the downfall of the Knicks.

I kept on thinking that Walsh was going start focusing on Defense....then he brought in D'Antoni.....and then decided to listen to Zeke on who to draft.

But there is something that I do realize about why DW chose D'Antoni. He wanted a fast up-tempo offense run the right way with a European flare to it to try to attract fans back with a more "exciting" product ( sound familiar? ).

I think that Up-Tempo "score as many points as you can" offense is a good way to win regular season games and it's a good way to get fans excited about watching games ( since these games are high-scoring ) again, but I don't think that it wins championships. Much like the Warriors and the Pacers used Up-Tempo offense to try to win back fans....I think that DW is trying to do the same with the Knicks.

Yes....I think that up-tempo offense is gimmicky WITHOUT a solid defensive system put in place to protect the team when their shots aren't falling. An Up-Tempo offense maybe good enough to get a team back to the playoffs...but I think that without solid defense....it can only get us so far.

I'm glad that Bird recognized that we needed to improve our defense and actually did something to address that.

One more thing....I think that if DW was still here....that JONeal would still be in a Pacer uniform and we wouldn't be complaining about Bayless being traded. We would have had tried a season with a Bayless/Granger/JONeal lineup.

06-28-2008, 06:48 PM
Oye. Bad idea.