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    Meanwhile, back trouble continues to prevent Danilo Gallinari from playing with the New York Knicks.

    The sixth overall pick in this summer’s draft from Italy, Gallinari has made only two brief appearances for Mike D’Antoni’s side.

    "I will not play for some time," he said in Gazzetta dello Sport.


    "My back has gone back to the levels of several months ago. I will need to reduce the rhythm in training sessions because I can´t play with pain.

    “D´Antoni tells me to be calm, the trust remains intact and they have no doubt that when I am ready, my chance will come. Their support helps me but it´s a difficult time for me."

    Gallinari´s father Vittorio has ruled out an operation.

    "This has always been excluded, because the problem has not been considered that serious for him to have surgery and it´s also ruled out because of Danilo´s age. He is just 20."
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    Knicks' Gallinari may not need back surgery -- BY ALAN HAHN, November 14, 2008, Newsday

    Danilo Gallinari might not need season-ending surgery to repair his chronic back injury, but his rookie season likely will be curtailed, if not lost. Gallinari, the sixth overall pick in the draft by the Knicks, met with a back specialist yesterday in New York and, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, was told surgery was not required. But plenty of rest was prescribed.

    "The specialist said the right thing is recommending rest, not surgery," the source told Newsday.

    Gallinari is scheduled to see other specialists - one in Boston and one in Los Angeles - next week. The Knicks will not announce any information on his situation until after both have given their recommendations.

    But the opinions of doctors - on the team's medical staff and independent - remain consistent. An MRI confirmed that Gallinari, 20, is dealing with a disc protrusion (also known as a bulging disc), which is pressing against the nerves...

    The source said the specialist believes the team rushed its lottery pick into his workouts too soon, before the swelling went down, which caused the flareup.

    Gallinari, who said all along he still felt pain in his lower back, accepted the idea that he would have to deal with it....
    No surgery but he might miss the rest of the season? Bad news, man. Even if the poor kid misses a month or two, it's just bad news.

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    Gallinari returned after a long absence due to back problems and scored 6 pts, blocked 1 shot and dished 1 assist as the Knicks lost to the 76ers.
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    USA – Gallinari finally playing for the Knicks


    NEW YORK (NBA) - Danilo Gallinari of Italy is showing signs that he was worthy of being the sixth pick in last summer's NBA draft.

    Gallinari has appeared in two games for New York after missing three months with an ailing back.

    He had nine points, four rebounds, two assists and two steals in more than 16 minutes on the floor to help the Knicks (16-24) defeat the Chicago Bulls 102-98 on Monday.


    The 20-year-old Gallinari hadn’t appeared in a game since an October 31 loss to Philadelphia.

    "You gain confidence by playing,” Gallinari said. “The more minutes you have, the more feeling you get on the court and with your teammates.

    "I need to be aggressive and that helps to win games.”


    Whenever Gallinari checks into the game, there is a huge buzz in the Madison Square Garden crowd and the fans are showing a lot of support for the youngster.

    However, Gallinari has given a thumbs-down to the music the Knicks play whenever he scores a basket.

    The team’s long-time public address announcer, Mike Walczewski, tried to use a thick Italian accent on Monday and said over the tannoy "Daneeelo Gal-lin-ar-ay" before Italian songs "Volare" or "That's Amore" were played.

    "I need to talk a little bit with them about that,” Gallinari said, “because it's not so good, the pronunciation. I will talk about that.

    “As for the music, no, not so good."

    Chicago fell to 18-24 with the loss.

    Kobe Bryant has a dislocated finger but played anyway for the Los Angeles Lakers in their 105-88 triumph over the Cleveland Cavaliers.

    Bryant went up against his fellow Team USA star LeBron James of the Cavs and scored 20 points while also handing out 12 assists and grabbing six rebounds.

    Pau Gasol of Spain led the Lakers (32-8) with 22 points and 12 rebounds, while James struggled from the floor, hitting nine of 25 shots on his way to scoring 23.

    James also pulled down nine rebounds for Cleveland (31-8).

    Other NBA results: Dallas 95 Philadelphia 93, Denver 113 Houston 115, San Antonio 86 Charlotte 84, Toronto 84 Atlanta 87, Minnesota 94 LA Clippers 86, Indiana 100 New Orleans 103, Washington 98 Golden State 119, Detroit 87 Memphis 79, Phoenix 87 Boston 104, Milwaukee 85 Portland 102, Cleveland 88 LA Lakers 105.
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    Gallinari Raises Eyebrows With Defense

    It's taken Danilo Gallinari longer than expected to start making an impact in New York with an ailing back having kept him sideline, but Italy's latest export to the NBA is finally on the court.

    And it's not the 6ft 10in forward's offense that has Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni chirping, but Gallinari's ability to guard both small forwards and shooting guards.

    "The biggest surprise I've had from him is his ability to guard twos and threes," D'Antoni said.

    "I was thinking he needed to play inside, but he's shown he knows angles and can use his length out on the perimeter.

    "There's no reason why he can't become a good defender on the perimeter."


    Italy are hoping that Gallinari will play for the country this summer in the Additional Qualifying Round for EuroBasket 2009.

    In his last two games with the Knicks - both victories over Chicago and Phoenix - Gallinari has averaged 9.5 points in 17 minutes off the bench.
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    I'm glad to see that D'Antoni likes Gallinari's defense. A lot of people think that coaches like D'Antoni, Jackson, Nelly, and others de-emphasize defense, which I never think is true. They might not over-emphasize defense like Jeff Van Gundy, but they do pay considerable attention to it.

    Anyhow, Gallinari missed last night's game against Philadelphia. Yahoo! Sports shows Gallinari on the injured list again with a "sore lower back." Are we looking at career-long problems for the kid?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mvblair View Post
    I'm glad to see that D'Antoni likes Gallinari's defense. A lot of people think that coaches like D'Antoni, Jackson, Nelly, and others de-emphasize defense, which I never think is true. They might not over-emphasize defense like Jeff Van Gundy, but they do pay considerable attention to it.

    Anyhow, Gallinari missed last night's game against Philadelphia. Yahoo! Sports shows Gallinari on the injured list again with a "sore lower back." Are we looking at career-long problems for the kid?
    AFAIK it was decided that we won't play two straight games, it must be because of his back problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rikhardur View Post
    AFAIK it was decided that we won't play two straight games, it must be because of his back problems.
    So it was an intentional decision from the trainers or the coaching staff? I guess that's a good preventative measure until they're sure he gets completely healed. I'd hate to see another chronic injury player.

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    He played 13 minutes in a NY victory over Houston. Gallinari had 4 points (0-2 FG, 4-4 FT) and 2 rebounds with 2 fouls.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mvblair View Post
    He played 13 minutes in a NY victory over Houston. Gallinari had 4 points (0-2 FG, 4-4 FT) and 2 rebounds with 2 fouls.
    I watched the game, the crowd simply loves him. Everytime time he touched the ball the people would cheer and hope he'd shoot or make a nice move. Sweet.
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    i also watched a bit of that game and man is he really thin or what?He looked like a schoolboy among men out there.Somebody feed the guy some pizza pronto!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon_Koncak View Post
    i also watched a bit of that game and man is he really thin or what?He looked like a schoolboy among men out there.Somebody feed the guy some pizza pronto!
    Yes, I also agree he needs to bulk up, but let's not forget he's just 20.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jon_Koncak View Post
    i also watched a bit of that game and man is he really thin or what?He looked like a schoolboy among men out there.Somebody feed the guy some pizza pronto!
    Jon's right, though. It's true for almost all of those young guys. They're as thin as rails. The only young player who looked like he had the muscle was LeBron James. His body in high school was just amazing.

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    I still can't understand what these guys are doing there...He could play 35 minutes in solid Euroleague team and now he's another guys who's waiting his chance in NBA. That is pathetic already!
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    maybe because he wants to prove that he deserves a place in the toughest league in the world?Maybe because he wants to compete with the best players?Not everyone compromises with mediocrity you know,there are people who set high goals for themselves.

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    Yeah, and you gave me a bunch of stereotypes Well, if the bench warming has any means of competition so I guess you're right...
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    Straight forward let's not forget that he's been dealing with some serious back problems that have prevented him from playing much more games. And even now the team policy is not to let him play back-to-back games because of those injuries. I'm sure he'll earn his minutes when he's completely healthy (he's already demonstrating what he's capable of even if not being 100%). If he was in Europe the situation would most likely be the same. But I get your idea
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    Yes, lots of Europeans have flopped in the NBA, but plenty more have flopped in the EL. Remember, a lot of Europeans have become stars in the NBA!

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    Gallinari had 5 points in 10 minutes in a win against Atlanta.

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    Hughes, Gallinari Lead Knicks Past Hawks - March 5, 2009, AP Sports, by Brian Mahoney

    ...Danilo Gallinari scored a career-high 17 points for New York, which got March off to a good start after a 3-10 February that damaged its hopes of making the playoffs in D’Antoni’s first season...

    Gallinari, the No. 6 overall pick in the draft from Italy who missed most of the first half of the season with a back injury, helped them overcome that with the best game of his short career.

    He checked back in with under 3 minutes remaining in the third quarter and quickly had a driving layup and stepped back for a 3-pointer, helping New York extend a four-point lead to 79-72. The Knicks led 84-75 after three, and Gallinari nailed another 3 to open the fourth and extend the lead to 12.

    He said he didn’t pressure himself to have a big night to replace Robinson’s production.

    “Warming up I was just thinking about being ready. That’s my thought every time,” Gallinari said. “So I was not thinking about the situation of the team, how many guys we’ve got injured. I was just thinking about being ready.”...
    The Italian shooter finished with 17 points (6-11 FGs, 4-5 3s), 3 rebounds, and 1 foul in 22 minutes.

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