Knicks take 6-9 Italian Gallinari

Knicks take 6-9 Italian Gallinari

There are 36 comments on the Newsday story from Jun 27, 2008, titled Knicks take 6-9 Italian Gallinari. In it, Newsday reports that:

Once it became clear he would have to hold the Mayo, Donnie Walsh ordered Italian.

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Colnbrook, UK

#21 Jun 27, 2008
I'd like to think this kid will work out, and be productive. Drafting a "project" rather than someone who is ready to play now is not the way I would have done it. We can't make trades, as no one wants our players (dont blame them). Nets seem to have done a nice job though.
Since 1980, the Knicks have only drafted 2 players that have averaged double figures in ppg over their career: Ewing (21 ppg) and Stricland (13 ppg). That's pathetic
Andrew

United States

#22 Jun 27, 2008
Not a Knick fan but I'm not sure about this pick. The Knicks need a lot of help and the tag on this kid is that he's a bit soft. I'm not sure a soft 6'8" guy is the best player to add to this mix of softies not willing to pay the price on the boards. Apparently there were some good guards left at #6 and the Knicks passed on them. Time will tell if this is a good move. But it is nice to have a fellow Italiano here in New York to root for.
Good Pick

Washington, DC

#23 Jun 27, 2008
STEVE wrote:
Isiah Thomas could have made this horrible pick. How many times do we see these unathletic Europeans drafted and more often than not they don't pan out. The Knicks are not in a position to have anymore first round picks not pan out. Remember Frederick Weiss and a few others not worth mentioning.
Yeah, that's pretty funny there Steve. How many times do europeans not pan out? How about how many times do overhyped overpaid high draft pick rookies out of the NCAA not pan out? That would be a better question.
Look, I'm not saying this kid is the next Novitzki, but I'm also not going to say there was definitely a better pick on the board. What i do know is that this kid played in a league that is a lot tougher then the NCAA and he was successful. He's got size, strength, good moves, and even more important than any of those, he's got a great attitude and is eager to learn. How many players out of the NCAA can you say that about? I mean look at Marbury, he's been in the league how long and still acts like a spoiled college kid.
Bottom line, unless there was a player on the board which was no brainer like Beasley, Rose, Mayo etc.., which there wasn't, the knicks made the right pick.
jellyjetts

Venice, FL

#24 Jun 27, 2008
If Stephen Anal Smith doesn't like the kid that means it's a good pick. This kid fits perfectly for what Dantoni wants to do. As Clyde would say, "He can run n gun, penetrate and facilitate, stop n pop, and be a jam man".
Joe Musgo

Minneapolis, MN

#25 Jun 27, 2008
jellyjetts wrote:
If Stephen Anal Smith doesn't like the kid that means it's a good pick. This kid fits perfectly for what Dantoni wants to do. As Clyde would say, "He can run n gun, penetrate and facilitate, stop n pop, and be a jam man".
I could not agree more with you and Good Pick. This kid is already polished, having proven himself a star against better competition than the NCAA.

It should be noted that Stephen A. Smith was a huge supporter (and friend) of Isiah Thomas all the way until the bitter end. He spoke out against the hiring of Donnie Walsh and D'Antoni, and I believe he is hoping this regime will fail.

The worst part of this pick is it likely means David Lee's career as a Knick is over, both because he's our only tradeable pawn and because Gallinari makes Lee expendable. But if Walsh and D'Antoni felt Gallinari was the BPA, then by all means they made the right choice.
Jay

United States

#26 Jun 27, 2008
Joe Musgo wrote:
<quoted text>I could not agree more with you and Good Pick. This kid is already polished, having proven himself a star against better competition than the NCAA.
It should be noted that Stephen A. Smith was a huge supporter (and friend) of Isiah Thomas all the way until the bitter end. He spoke out against the hiring of Donnie Walsh and D'Antoni, and I believe he is hoping this regime will fail.
The worst part of this pick is it likely means David Lee's career as a Knick is over, both because he's our only tradeable pawn and because Gallinari makes Lee expendable. But if Walsh and D'Antoni felt Gallinari was the BPA, then by all means they made the right choice.
italian league is hardly better than ncaa. get real. gallinari has faced nothing compared to the nba. just watch him guard an nba forward. it won't be pretty. this is not the next Dirk. far from it. knicks blew it again. bayless or gordon were clearly the choice if westbrook was gone. gallinari at six is ridiculous. most agree. listen to the boos still coming from MSG.
Jay

United States

#27 Jun 27, 2008
since when does italy produce good/great nba players? gallinari will have a better career as a hitman for the gambino family.
Wilbur

Pompano Beach, FL

#28 Jun 27, 2008
Jay wrote:
since when does italy produce good/great nba players? gallinari will have a better career as a hitman for the gambino family.
Bigot. The NBA needs fewer players named Jamal.
knicks fan

Miami, FL

#29 Jun 27, 2008
Wilbur wrote:
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Bigot. The NBA needs fewer players named Jamal.
I agree, its about time in NY italians started tossing basketballs, instead of pizza dough!
georgewBUllSHit

Silver Springs, FL

#30 Jun 27, 2008
I have seen Danilo play. He's a long shot to compete in the NBA. I would have gone with Lopez. Trust me its going to be another long season.
HarleyRider

Colnbrook, UK

#31 Jun 28, 2008
I think he's more of a small forward, rather than a power forward, so he can exist with Lee. Whether he can play in the league or not, we can only hope. Unfortunately this team needs someone who can play in the league immediately.
KJ from Queens

Decatur, GA

#32 Jun 30, 2008
Andrew wrote:
It's funny how all the racists come out, when a white kid is picked.
It's the acceptable form of racism.
Think it has more to do with him being a European player. Most people view them as being soft (right most of the time). What fans that post on this site white, black, or whatever has anything bad to say about David Lee? don't think your comment has much merit, but it's your opinion.
Andrew

Rye, NY

#33 Jun 30, 2008
I am sure that David Lee has gone to the EEOC to complaint about the total lack of diversity at his workplace.

He has probably been subject to a hostile work environment, as well.
BlaccuWeather

Chatham, NJ

#34 Jul 1, 2008
KJ from Queens wrote:
Think it has more to do with him being a European player. Most people view them as being soft (right most of the time). What fans that post on this site white, black, or whatever has anything bad to say about David Lee? don't think your comment has much merit, but it's your opinion.
Nothing bad to say about David Lee. Now, Marbury or Randolph on the other hand....... don't let me get started on those guys.
Andrew

Rye, NY

#35 Jul 2, 2008
Chances are the Knecks are going to get rid of Lee, in order to make room for the Italian Stallion.
HarleyRider

Colnbrook, UK

#36 Jul 3, 2008
Is he playing for the italian natl team in the olympics? If so, please tell the boys on our team not to jump OVER him and dunk. I'd kinda like this guy to at least show up in NY!

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