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By now everyone has seen the reported deal that Donnie Walsh has turned down, and of course it has to include something about the owner.

It is believed that Walsh and Mike D'Antoni feel the team would be giving up too much. Garden chairman James Dolan has had direct involvement in the negotiations and may ultimately overrule his basketball staff

And you'd have to assume that the "starter" is Landry Fields. This deal doesn't solve the team's need up front and Billups isn't a Mike D'Antoni-type point guard, so I can see the hesitation. It is a ton. Plus, Donnie Walsh, since he's been here, waits until the deadline before dealing. Of course, he did pull the trigger on several deals in November of 2008, but any time the deadline rolls around Walsh traditionally stays patient. That is to say I don't buy an owner override if this exact deal happens 9 days from now. Walsh won't deal with a game left before the break and one has to assume, based on history, that a deal won't happen during it either. But it's good to know that it appears both parties are working on banging out a deal.

Tags: Carmelo Anthony, Danilo Gallinari, Donnie Walsh, Eddy Curry, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler
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So I'm driving around listening to Mitch Lawrence on WFAN yesterday with TKB friend Evan Roberts and I was shocked at how critical of both Carmelo Anthony and Danilo Gallinari the Daily News columnist was.

First off, Lawrence went off in a rant on Gallinari saying he'd be a "third tier" player at best and the reason he gets to the foul line is because he "is a flopper" and "that only gets you so far."

Last year, Gallinari was a "one-trick pony" who constantly settled for jump shots. Critics claimed this was the case because of the back problems sure to kill his career. Gallo didn't exactly light it up last night and must learn to be that automatic 40% plus 3 point shooter that many think he can be, but he's clearly more than just a "flopper." Despite not being overly aggressive offensively last night, Gallo managed 8 rebounds and 2 steals in his 30 minutes.

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After what I deemed as his best stretch as a Knick, Danilo Gallinari has hit the skids from deep.

Via Alan Hahn

While Danilo Gallinari has been excellent from the free throw line this season (89.1 percent; he's hit 22 straight), what has happened to his three-point touch? He went 0-for-6 from downtown in the game and is now 3-for-26 from beyond the arc in his last five games. He hasn't hit two threes in the same game since he was 4-for-7 against Detroit on Jan. 30. He is shooting 34.5 percent from three-point range this season, which isn't terrible, but is below his standard from last season (38.1 percent), when he attempted 488 threes, which is the fourth-most in franchise history for a single season.
What I noticed during training camp was the simple fact that Gallo hasn't been an automatic 3-point shooter. He has the ability to make big 3s, like he did against Miami, but the truth is he hasn't hit his stride from behind the arc.

A lot of that, to me, has to do with the idea that he's trying to do more with his game in terms of getting to the basket and foul line, but his bread and butter has to be his jumper...which just isn't falling.

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Great find via our boy Seth From P&T (from John Schuhmann)
The worst unit on a good team has been the Knicks' Raymond Felton, Landry Fields, Danilo Gallinari, Amar'e Stoudemire and Ronny Turiaf, which has been outscored by 6.5 points per 100 possessions in 108 minutes. more
Turiaf's injuries this year have to be a factor in this, but does this disprove the idea that the Knicks need to play Amar'e at the 4 and a big body up front for rebounding?? The name of the game is to outscore the opponent. Interesting that this particular group struggles to score and defend particularly with Fields on the court.

What does this say about Gallo?

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, Danilo Gallinari, Landry Fields, Mike D'Antoni, Raymond Felton, Ronny Turiaf
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When Amar'e Stoudemire steps to the line at MSG when the team is winning, he is greeted with a chorus of "M-V-P" chants from the Garden faithful. The funniest part about that was the idea that when Stoudemire first signed there was a common fear of injury issues and the fact that he doesn't play any defense. I don't know about you, but I've been more than impressed with Amar'e's post and help-side defense, and he rarely ever gets beat down court. His 2.3 blocks per game are a career high, and many of those have come on hustle back attempts to protect the rim.? Sure he has lapses, but he also is working his tail off on the offensive end.

The point is, and I've had a great conversation about this on Twitter today, it's wrong to typecast a star player. Carmelo Anthony is known for scoring and not so much for defense, but I saw plenty of defense from him last year in the playoffs. Word is he wants to win a ring. So please spare me this idea that he can't fit into an offensive system and he can't play defense. Yes, it's premature to talk about Melo and New York, but it's also premature to lose perspective after one great offensive game.

No one loves Wilson Chandler more than I do. I was the guy telling people to trade Balkman so the kid could play. Big East coaches were telling me about him before the Knicks drafted him. Everyone loved Balkman's hustle. Balkman is barely in the league anymore.

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Danilo Gallinari, Wilson Chandler
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We've often spoke about the keys to the pick and roll as well as the various options the Knicks get off it. For more on the subject check out Hahn's breakdown and chat with Mike D'Antoni.

We've also talked about the role of the 4 man in Mike D'Antoni's system, and how space is the key. Here, he talks specifically about Wilson Chandler's impact at the 4 position and a real specific breakdown on the options in the PnR.

Chandler's work on 4s defensively has been nothing short of tremendous. He had to guard Boozer yesterday for crying out loud. I still think the Knicks may have trouble in big spots in half court games because of their lack of size, but they didn't show it yesterday, that's for sure.

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, Danilo Gallinari, Mike D'Antoni, Raymond Felton, Wilson Chandler
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First of all, Gallinari's defense against Durant will not go unnoticed here. After watching the game a few more times, his length was a real factor in keeping KD to around his average.

Secondly, Gallo's huge shots in the second quarter opened the game up for the Knicks and the biggest trend I see isn't just that he hits 3s, it's WHERE he hits them from.

When Gallo can hit the wing 3, spots behind the arc but more foul line extended than top key or corner, he and the Knicks are impossible to guard. Impossible. The same can be said for Wilson Chandler.

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Kevin Durant looks like his legs could break at any moment, yet that doesn't stop coach Scott Brooks from rolling him out there 40 minutes per night.

He's like a thoroughbred who can run all day long on legs as thick as cocktail straws.

The same absolutely holds true for Amar'e Stoudemire, who averages less minutes per game than Durant.

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Via Press Release

New York Knicks forward Danilo Gallinari will take time out next Thursday, December 16th to bring the spirit of the holidays to Times Square, courtesy of Reebok and Modell?s Sporting Goods.? Gallinari will be signing autographs from 6:00-7:00 PM at the Times Square Modell?s (234 West 42nd St) Flagship store for any fans making a donation of non-perishable canned/packaged goods to benefit the Daily News Readers Care to Feed the Hungry of New York Food Drive to benefit City Harvest. ?The food collected goes to support New York's families, seniors and children who might otherwise not know where their next meal is coming from this holiday season. The most needed foods are: canned fruit, canned vegetables, peanut butter (plastic jars), macaroni and cheese (packaged), hot and cold cereal (packaged, family-sized).
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Via ESPN
Q: Are the New Jersey Nets still in the Melo sweepstakes?

A: They believe they are, because that is what they are being told by the Nuggets and by Anthony's camp. But the reality is that they are out of it and have been for a long time, and it behooves Denver to create the illusion that other destinations besides New York are still in play. New Jersey still has the best offer sitting on the table that suits the Nuggets' primary need -- to make any Anthony trade a rebuilding trade. But the trade has not happened because Anthony will not sign an extension with New Jersey. He is trying to leverage his way into being dealt to New York.

Q: What pieces do the Knicks have that the Nuggets would want?

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, Carmelo Anthony, Danilo Gallinari, Donnie Walsh, Landry Fields, Wilson Chandler
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I agree very much with the high IQ scribe who works for Newsday.

With the lack of consistency from Toney Douglas, Danilo Gallinari and Wilson Chandler, the Knicks need an automatic jump shooter. I also think they need someone to attack the rim at will, but a shooter is certainly a need as well.

And obviously, the Knicks could use some depth up front. Their front line is starting to look like the Giants offensive line.

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Here, the Bobcats try to exploit the Gallo mismatch. Gallo plays Jackson tough and the steal leads to a STAT fast break.

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I was reading my friend Steve Kyler's notes as I always do and he brought up an interesting point surrounding Danilo Gallinari, who had a very strong West Coast trip and heads back to MSG on a good run of hitting 3s, FTs and 4th quarter shots.

Gallinari has been mentioned repeatedly in trade rumors, and while his first choice is to remain with the Knicks, there is a very real reality that if he does not emerge as a star-caliber player for the Knicks, his biggest value to the team may be that other NBA teams may see him differently in their system than he has been in New York.

Interesting take. I think any NBA team would want a 6'10 shooter, as long as the shooter can, well, shoot. What's your take?

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Via FTB

Whether people like it or not Gallinari?s 3 point shot is a deadly weapon. The good news is Danilo Gallinari has gotten his 3 point shot back; which is a vital part of the his offense. Many people complain that Danilo Gallinari should not start off the game shooting 3 point shots, but I have to disagree. Danilo Gallinari being able to knock down the 3 point shot has led to many positive things.
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With the Knicks in desperate need of wins and heading out West, a place where they rarely have had success, Raymond Felton took control of his team and led.

And he seemed to have a lot of fun doing it. Wouldn't you be?

He's knocking down jump shots, he's setting up teammates and he has the offense clicking. Can he continue to do that against his old team and play with an edge that every other ex-Knick seems to play when they face the Knicks?

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Via my main man Sebastian Pruiti

Getting stuck under the basket is never a good idea. But Fields does a good job of getting over the screen and STAT overplays the hedge. This is the Knicks small lineup and is a tremendous issue because Gallo or Chandler will not protect the basket against a player with any size or athletic ability.

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So everyone has the reasons why the Knicks are struggling. The system stinks, the coach can't make adjustments, Amar'e's not a 5, the defense is lacking. At this point, all these things are true, but let's dig a little deeper.

Every time I watch Felton in transition, he either puts his head down to the rim where he either finishes or struggles to. Otherwise, he makes the decision to make a pass just over half court, which is too far for anyone to make a decision BUT shoot.

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With the Knicks in Denver, what else is there to talk about really?

Nothing has changed on that front in terms of deals, and please excuse me if I'm not affected one bit by the Knicks lack of poor play. From all information I've been gathering since the summer, Melo wants to come to the Big Apple and help his legacy by saving this franchise.

Via NY Post

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, Bill Walker, Carmelo Anthony, Danilo Gallinari, GameDay, Mike D'Antoni, Roger Mason Jr., Ronny Turiaf
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So I've had some time to watch the game a few more times because I have this serious basketball problem and what's most maddening is that the same things keep happening over and over.Well, at least over the past 3 games.

The Knicks get sloppy, they have defensive breakdowns that they didn't have early in the year. They lose focus. They miss key free throws. They miss open 3 pointers. They shoot a low percentage. They are now allowing opponents to shoot 47% against them and 37% from 3 while they themselves are shooting just 44% and a dreadful 33% from three. That's 23rd in the entire league.

We can talk about individuals apparently cracking from the pressure of the city and the bright lights he was so comfortable playing under:

Ask Danilo Gallinari if he can grow into a star or superstar over time, and suddenly you hear a taxicab confession in the middle of the losers' locker room.

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Via NY Mag
1. Toney Douglas. (Last week: 6.) If the Knicks had just held on to their third-quarter lead over the Philadelphia 76ers on Sunday afternoon, Toney Douglas might have made the back page of a tabloid this week. (In a good way.) Douglas struggled with his shot Sunday, but he was unstoppable in wins over the Bulls and Wizards, including a career-high 30 in the eye-opening win over Chicago. Douglas's struggles against the Sixers showed just how important to this team he has already become; he's the second-leading scorer and he leads in steals. Obviously, Douglas won't hold this spot all season ? or probably even for a week ? but so far, it's clear that when Douglas's shot is falling, the Knicks win.

2. Amar'e Stoudemire. (Last week: 2.) Amar'e should probably have the top spot on these rankings every week, but we're gonna make him earn it. As Seth from Posting and Toasting put it Sunday, the loss to the Sixers was precisely the type of game in which the Knicks needed their superstar to be a superstar. The Knicks weren't hitting from the arc; it would have been a nice time for the $100 million power forward to take over. It's not fair to ask Amar'e to make up for all his teammates' occasional issues, but hey: That's why he gets paid the big bucks. We're all still waiting for the Amar'e Effing Stoudemire game. more.

Chandler fell from 1st to 5th...Gallinari is 6th.
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So I was just watching some video on ESPN as they took a look into the Duke program. Coach K tells his players that 90% of their screens are non-existent because of a lack of contact on the defender. This is essential for off the ball screens, but also is a key factor to on ball screens as well.

The Knicks were one of the first teams to implement the "pick and slip" when they would show Patrick Ewing far from the basket only to have him wait for the on-ball defender to go on the high side and Ewing would "slip" to the basket usually for an uncontested dunk.It would work because the "hedging" defender would be stuck between hedging and staying with Ewing. The Knicks would isolate that side of the floor in a two man game.

In this video, in plays #7 and #1 exhibit the pick and slip. What the Knicks do a great job in the half court of not isolating the floor in a two-man game, they run it from top of key.? They bring the corner offensive player from the corner to above foul line extended so that if the weak side defender helps, the kick out is wide open. More ground to have to cover in order to "close out." It creates more half court space, which as we know is so key.?? Fields has made that shot, but it's meant for Gallinari and Chandler. If the make that shot, they are impossible to defend offensively.

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, Danilo Gallinari, Landry Fields, Patrick Ewing, Raymond Felton, Ronny Turiaf, Wilson Chandler
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Quick notes from practice. Both Anthony Randolph and Danilo Gallinari are practicing but Ronny Turiaf is sitting because of a back injury. Word is he's expected to play.

Randolph is listed as questionable.

Stop me if you heard this before. Eddy Curry isn't practicing.

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When looking closely at the rotation and jump shots taken by Danilo Gallinari, it appears that the ball is sitting on the palm and isn't coming from the tips. Any shooting coach will tell you that great shooters lead with the index finger or "trigger finger" and it looks like Gallo's isn't pulling. The guy has as pure a stroke in the NBA. We've seen him shoot where the net doesn't even move and the ball has no chance of even hitting rim. If the ball gets in the palm and becomes more of a push, then it's clear that there is a wrist issue. It's like a pitcher who relies on his fast ball that is normally at 95, but because of elbow soreness he's topping out at 92 and getting hit hard. That can play with your confidence.

That doesn't excuse not doing anything in any other area. I think it's good, though. The kid has had it pretty easy here thus far. Tough times build character, or they prove that maybe one doesn't have the mental toughness to play here. Either way we'll find out what Gallo is made of.

In other news:

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When we've seen him at his best Danilo Gallinari is one of the game's best jump shooters. We've seen him light the Garden on fire, and go nose to nose with one of the league's best players.

We've also seen him been given the keys with low expectations during a season filled with losses.

Now that expectations have risen, Gallo is struggling. Maybe one has to do with the other. Maybe he's still hungover from a hero's welcome or that he's just playing possum and will turn it on when the season starts, but it doesn't appear to be that way.

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It's a thought that I've talked about for years, and it comes in the form of the Euro game vs the NBA style.

You have to be able to score in the 4th quarter which turns into a grind fest. Who is their go-to guy. Alan Hahn brought the idea of where will they get key baskets aside from Gallo and Amar'e when they are needed. And I combine that with the concept that the line doesn't lie.

I think the pick and roll style is unstoppable, and can be for the better part of the game. In Europe it's all game long, which is far different from the grind out late 4th quarter possessions.

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My concerns about how the team performs have already been documented. To me it has little to do individuals than the sum of all the parts. Ray Felton can make plays and players can miss jump shots. They can give up second chances and fail to get to the foul line. It's hard to ignore that this system doesn't produce free throw attempts from the perimeter positions. Carmelo Anthony got to the free throw line 612 times last year and made 508. In 2006-07, Amar'e Stoudemire got to the line 585 times but amazingly Shawn Marion only attempted 248 FTs in 3010 minutes played. Raja Bell, the team's second highest leader in terms of minutes? Just 152.

Consider last season that Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol combined for 903 attempts and the Lakers took 0ver 200 more FTs than their opponents and you can see why a player like Anthony is so valuable. The 2006-07 Suns were out-attempted from the line 1901-1827.

The encouraging thing from the Knicks standpoint is that Danilo Gallinari, who does settle for jump shots too often, managed to get to the foul line 307 times last year. That's a positive and it should help the team's FT differential which was a -137 last season, but you know what you have in Anthony, a proven scorer when the game gets claustrophobic in the 4th quarter and the whistle-happy NBA refs take over. Anthony doesn't get EVERY call a superstar gets, but he's an upgrade, and would be an advantage, obviously.

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Check out Fromthebaseline...

To me, after watching the tape, rebounding is still a major weakness. The small lineups that D'Antoni tried to utilize seemed ineffective. It seems like either Turiaf or Mozgov have to be on the floor at all times...I've been asked several times if I'm concerned about the number of points allowed. The answer is no because I was happy with giving up 52 first half points in the first preseason game. I always think a big key to any game is giving up less than 30 points in the first quarter...I've been asked a ton about who I'd rather give up in a trade for Melo: Randolph or Gallo. The answer is whichever one Denver prefers seeing that they are the ones that have to agree to a deal, not me. But I don't give up both. I go back and forth on the answer of who I prefer to keep. Gallo and Melo share a position so I wonder who can play the 2 because Gallo is not ready to play the 4 full time. I don't believe a front court of Amar'e, Gallo and Melo would be good enough defensively. However, I'm reminded what a Division 1 assistant coach told me once about talented players who can't please a coach and who can't stick with a program.

"They are like a really hot single girl...You really have to wonder why they are available."

Tags: Amar'e Stoudemire, Anthony Randolph, Carmelo Anthony, Danilo Gallinari, David Lee, Ronny Turiaf, Timofey Mozgov
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Tommy's Twitter Feed...

Here it is everyone. Your first open thread for the first preseason game of the season. I would venture to guess that Turiaf gets the start along side Stoudemire and the starters will play significant minutes.

There are potential issues, but the bottom line for me is can the team create second opportunities and can they limit the other team to a lot of one and done situations, and I don't mean makes.

Tags: 2010 Season, A New Beginning, Amar'e Stoudemire, Andy Rautins, Anthony Randolph, Bill Walker, Danilo Gallinari, Donnie Walsh, Game Thread, Kelenna Azubuike, Landry Fields, Mike D'Antoni, Raymond Felton, Roger Mason Jr., Ronny Turiaf, Timofey Mozgov, Toney Douglas, Wilson Chandler
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It seems Wilson Chandler, who has always been very gracious to us here at TKB, is expendable. The Knicks have been shopping him, despite denying it, and with Landry Fields in the mix now, the heat is turned up even hotter on Chandler, one of the resident elder statesmen in terms of years of service with the Knicks.

But what is his value?

But my source says Walsh has now found another doable deal that would net him a No. 1, though the source would not disclose whether Chandler would be the piece the Knicks would give up (a package of Toney Douglas and Bill Walker, for instance, might be more enticing to some teams).
To me, he's still one of the team's top two-way players. Frankly, I don't know where he fits most comfortably. He often floats offensively and takes out of rhythm shots. And from what I've seen thusfar, he hasn't blended well with Ray Felton. But in fairness, it's going to take some time for the new Knicks QB to get on the same page with all of his teammates.

Chandler acknowledged he misses some of his former mates. While Knicks fans rejoiced at the club cleaning house, Chandler had grown close to several players who have come and gone. In fact, Chandler has played with so many teammates in his three seasons, he's lost count.

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Can Gallo be the rebounder that Dirk became if he played minutes at the 4?

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As the hoops season draws closer no one seems more excited than Brandon Tierney. BT recently wrote this excellent piece about the development of Danilo Gallinari.
During his abbreviated rookie season, I remember talking to him during one stretch in March, before he was shut down for the season. I remember looking around the room, looking at the nameplates that eventually would be torn down and tossed in the trash, and with complete confidence, this young foreigner expressing his ability to play this game, on this stage.

It was impressive.

? I know I can score on these guys, I know it, but my back, I just can?t do things that I am so used to doing. I can?t move without the ball, I just can?t show everyone what type of player I am. There?s no doubt I can score on these guys. I feel it. No doubt.?

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Gallo block, steal and finishes with the and 1...

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I have a source who played at a major D-1 level who worked out informally with the Knicks recently in Greenburgh. The Knicks invited many local players to work out with current players on the roster.? He said, "Gallo destroyed everyone. He's quickly rising to another level."

On Amar'e:

"He's in amazing shape. People scoff that the Knicks got him because of the 5th year. Who cares. The guy is a pro and is ready to prove he can win in NY. Physically he's so impressive and he's clearly taken on a leadership role that younger players are following."

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[tweeted]http://twitter.com/JonRothstein/status/24019426330[/tweeted]
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Via NY Post
According to an NBA executive familiar with Knicks team president Donnie Walsh's thinking, the Knicks are willing to include in a trade anyone other than Amar'e Stoudemire for Chris Paul, knowing how badly the superstar point guard wants to come to New York.

The Knicks will soon find out if Paul is available.

On Monday, Paul is expected to meet with new Hornets GM Dell Demps, new coach Monty Williams and president Hugh Weber in the Big Easy, according to a Hornets official.

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Because I love debate, and of course, accountability, here is Slam magazine's article of the "Best 25 players under 25."

What you need to know (stick your chest out main man "Yo Son") Wilson Chandler ranks 23, Danilo Gallinari ranks at 30 and...wait for it...Brook Lopez is top 15.

At this point it's fair, yet I disagree in parts. Have at it.

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Via Daily News:

"...Gallinari, in an interview reported by La Stampa, had this to say about his season, the Italian national team, his desire to finish his career in Italy and, of course, LBJ.

"The vote for my season is 8 (out of 10)" said Gallinari. "I have played 81 games and I have again the pleasure to play after a season with big problems at my back and the surgery. We had too many ups and downs and without maintaining continuity is difficult to reach high goals.

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The season started with questions of his health. All Danilo Gallinari has done is play in 77 games to date and average nearly 14.6 ppg and 5 rebounds with an efficiency rating of +14.45.

Coming into the season I said Gallo would average in the neighborhood of 14 points 6 rebounds 5 assists in some 25-30 minutes per game. Those were quite lofty expectations from my end. Maybe even a bit unfair. To be honest, in his first full season, Gallinari has exceeded most, if not all, expectations.

His assists numbers are down, but the trepidation that Knicks fans had from a health standpoint has been quieted. All in all, I'd say he's had a pretty solid year.

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He's averaging a shade under 22 points per game over his last five and his body is no worse for wear. It was the biggest fear about Danilo Gallinari from fans, and probably some withing the organization, but so far Gallo has responded and it seems that he's making a huge push to end the season on a strong note.

But there were times where he would looked lost and tentitive. He would defer shots and settle for too many threes. Against the Hawks a few weeks ago, Gallo went 4-5 from three and managed 27 points, meaning he was scoring from everywhere. And just the other night against the Nuggets, he matched Carmelo Anthony in the third quarter and helped the Knicks close out the game down the stretch in what was a highly entertaining game at the Garden.

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Via Denver Post
"...When Anthony came out, he talked about the gall of Gallinari, who was trash-talking with the all-star. And he also discussed the not-so-ambiguous comments Knicks president Donnie Walsh made to the New York Post, suggesting that even though the Knicks have money to spend this summer, they are looking at rebuilding over the next couple years ? and Melo could be available after 2011.

"I really don't know what's going to happen the next year," Anthony said. "I don't know what's going to happen. But I don't see why anybody wouldn't want to play here in New York..."

As I've said, Melo is great leverage for this summer. Would Lebron allow for the opportunity to pass him by with the idea of having to GET THROUGH the Knicks should Carmelo make the jump? This is what the plan is about to me. They have the opportunity to give Lebron everything, should he pass the team can add pieces this season in the form of a max player and vets maybe on 1 year deals, the possibility of sign and trades, then have space to add the game changer.

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Danilo Gallinari seemed to have hit "the wall" after being asked to knock down two big three pointers against the Bulls on Feb 17th. It's almost as though the Knicks 21-year-old forward has become gun shy because of his missed opportunity. Or maybe he just needs some time to adjust to the additions of Tracy McGrady, Sergio Rodriguez, Bill Walker and Eddie House.

We've seen flashes of brilliance from Gallo this year, and we've seen times where he disappears. He'll always have his doubters who love to pop out of the wood work, but at the end of the day, I think all Knick fans would have signed for 14 points and 5 rebounds, while playing 32 minutes per game before the season started.

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Via Hahn's Tweet-
"...The #Knicks' trades from Thursday have been officially completed (all physicals went thru). McGrady et al will dress tonight vs OKC..."
With that being said, here's what I'd like to see.

PG- Rodriguez (Evaluate him from the get go, in the starting role)

SG- McGrady

Tags: Danilo Gallinari, David Lee
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I read a note by one of the local columnists who described Jordan Hill working out well after practice and I just want to make sure that fans understand that is very much common place with the Knicks rookie.

Walsh told reporters a few weeks ago in talking about Hill that his range as a shooter has surprised him the most.

During practices, Hill regularly drills jump shots, something that he didn't do early on in training camp and in the regular season. He also has worked on "counter moves" in the post, which allow for him to showcase his nice touch. Sometimes he takes a bad shot, and sometimes he rushes one, but all in all he has the makings of a very nice inside/outside game.

Tags: 2010 trade deadline, Danilo Gallinari, Donnie Walsh
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