Stay classy, New York City. Honestly, I couldn’t believe my ears when the Garden faithful loudly booed Danilo Gallinari whenever his face was flashed across ESPN’s cameras. Hey, I still have nightmares of Frederic Weis just like the rest of you, so I understand where you’re coming from. But this draft got a whole lot less interesting for the Knicks as soon as they lost out on the opportunity to move up to a top-3 selection. Are Knicks fans so convinced that Gallinari is a bum compared to the likes of guys like Kevin Love, Eric Gordon, Russell Westbrook, etc.? Better question: Are Knick fans that ignorant?
According to ESPN’s Chad Ford, despite the fact that new Knicks coach Mike D’Antoni played ball with Gallinari’s father in Italy, D’Antoni wasn’t initially a fan of the younger Gallinari’s game until Gallinari’s workout and “some research by the Knicks” changed the organization’s mind. That information alone should comfort Knick fans afraid that D’Antoni is doing his former teammate any favors by selecting his son. And let’s give new head honcho a little bit of credit here as well. Wash didn’t come to New York to acquiesce to his subordinate’s whims.
Listen, I don’t know anything about this kid, but there’s no reason to boo him on draft day. The Knicks are supposed to be turning the page and starting a new era. It’s unfortunate that the fans aren’t willing to do the same.
It was meant to be. Mike D’Antoni once played with his father in Italy, and he’s the perfect forward for D’Antoni’s system. He’s tough, he can run the floor, he handles the ball and he shoots it with range. He’s more like Dirk Nowitzki or Toni Kukoc than fellow Italian Andrea Bargnani.
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