2010 Summer Interview: Danilo Gallinari
Another Reporter: You have to be excited about this year, with all the new changes. Do you think you’re a playoff contender?
Danilo Gallinari: I think we have a playoff team. There’s a positive atmosphere. We’ve been working out together and getting to know each other. We’ve got a nice group of guys. Everybody is optimistic, and everybody’s so excited for the new season.
Another Reporter: Are you excited about having Amar’e here?
Danilo Gallinari: Amar’e is an unbelievable player. He’s an All Star and he’s been improving his game over the last couple of years. He’s going to be great for us. And we want to (do well together).
Another Reporter: Are you happy with how you rebounded from injury last year?
Danilo Gallinari: My goal to have the chance to play 82 games. I played 81 of 82 and it was a great experience to see how long and tough the NBA schedule is. I’m looking forward to getting more wins this year.
Another Reporter: What do you need to improve on?
Danilo Gallinari: I have to improve on a lot of things. I’ve been working on a lot of things this summer, especially my post up game. I’m looking forward to having a great season with my team and make the playoffs.
Another Reporter: Do you get distracted by trade rumors, especially with Carmelo Anthony?
Danilo Gallinari: I wasn’t worried, because I knew what New York wants from me and I know what the coaches and organization thinks of me… And the expectation they have of me.
Mike Kurylo: What have you been working on this offseason?
Danilo Gallinari: I’ve been working on my body with my trainers. In our program we have two goals, one of them to improve my flexibility and the other to improve my explosiveness. Also I’m working on my post up game a lot.
Mike Kurylo: In the past you’ve mostly been a perimeter player. Are you looking to moving to the mid or low post?
Danilo Gallinari: Yes, of course. It’s one of my goals, and I think I did pretty well last year towards the end of the season where I was playing in the post a lot more. And I was pretty effective. I’m looking forward to being even more effective this year.
Mike Kurylo: Where are you looking to be in the low post or the mid post?
Danilo Gallinari: Both positions, because in Mike (D’Antoni’s) system you have to be ready and aggressive every time. In any situation the ball can get to you so easily and quickly so you have to be ready in any position you are at.
Another Reporter: Given the recent history of the team, how do you think the city will react if you find a way to play winning basketball and actually get a playoff spot?
Danilo Gallinari: You would know better than me. I’ve been in New York for just two years, but you’ve been here in New York when they were winning… I want to be a part of this history. I want to get to a point where Madison Square Garden rocks.
Mike Kurylo: How do you feel playing with all these new teammates?
Danilo Gallinari: I have a good feeling when I began to work out with them two weeks ago. And everybody is so excited… We are ready to go.
Mike Kurylo: Who are you most looking forward to playing with?
Danilo Gallinari: I’m looking forward to playing with everybody, because everybody has a great knowledge of the game and there is a lot of talent.