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Thursday, October 23, 2014

Gallinari Called to Sophomore Team

Today the NBA announced the participants for the Rookie-Sophomore game, and Danilo Gallinari of the Knicks is on the elder team. Their squad is oddly constructed, as Gallo and Beasley are the only two SFs, and the pair are 6’10 and 6’9 respectively The Rookie team features Tyreke Evans, Brandon Jennings, and second rounder DeJuan Blair, and will try to upset the Sophomores who have won the last 7 contests.

19 comments on “Gallinari Called to Sophomore Team

  1. david

    Way to go, Gallo!

    In (almost) completely unrelated news, I just went to basketballvalue.com and checked on our most frequently used lineups. To my amazement, what I consider our top five — Robinson in place of Duhon and then the rest of the starting lineup — has only been in together for 2 minutes all season. Is that possible? If so, why? We usually bring in both Harrington and Robinson at the same time, but as both are high usage players, you’d think that we would at least sometimes bring in just Robinson. But apparently not.

    Relating it to the post, the only explanation I can think of is that Robinson doesn’t pass to Gallinari. Which is bad, because The Cock is our second best scorer. Or is there another explanation?

  2. Mulligan

    Apparently, Gallo is also going to be Robinson’s assistant for the dunk contest.

    I can just see it now: Gallo stands in the corner, Nate taunts him by pretending to pass to him but instead opts for a no-look pass to himself off the backboard for a dunk. The crowd goes wild.

  3. Nick C.

    “Apparently, Gallo is also going to be Robinson’s assistant for the dunk contest.

    I can just see it now: Gallo stands in the corner, Nate taunts him by pretending to pass to him but instead opts for a no-look pass to himself off the backboard for a dunk. The crowd goes wild.” LMFAO

  4. DS

    David – I would guess a back court Nate and Chandler would be a little too out of control for D’Antoni.

  5. TDM

    The Rookie / Sophmore game should be interesting. In past years, as DS mentioned, these games seem to be all O and no D. However, the Soph squad should get its fair share of boards and blocks given the substantial size advantage of their bigs. I’m also glad to see that Jerebko made the rookie team. He plays with a lot of heart and grit.

    Anyone read Berman’s article mentioning Hahn’s comments regarding trading Rubio to the Knicks. See here: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/knicks/minny_gm_rubio_won_go_to_knicks_mQQlhgrwDTG59yqApTRQSN

    I wonder if Hahn will be so adamant if the Wolves win the John Wall sweepstake. Wall, Rubio, Flynn and Sessions – someone (or 2) would have to go. Even if they trade the most likely suspect, Sessions, who do you start? With regard to Sessions, has anyone else heard that only the first 2 years are guaranteed? Obviously he’s taken a step back this year, most likely because he can’t play beside Flynn, so his trade value is low. Could be an opportunity for the Knicks to get some depth at pg, however, it would eat into the cap for at least next season assuming his contract is only guaranteed through year 2.

  6. ess-dog

    So dare I start the Gil Arenas talk? Frankly, I’m not a big fan, but what if we gave up Jeffries and Curry for him? You would be more or less trading for your 2011 f.a. now instead. They might be the only team to take BOTH those boneheads.

    or you just try and develop Douglas. He’s way better on D than Arenas and looked good droppin’ those 3 point bombs the other night in garbage time.

    And congrats Gallo. Are they putting him in the 3 pt contest too? How do you have a contest w/o the leader in 3 pointers made?

  7. Ted Nelson

    ess-dog,

    Arenas is due $22 mm in 2013-14, so I would stay away. I could see an argument that he could be a good (maybe exceptional) offensive PG next to LeBron if he’s willing to bend his game, and that buying low now is a good deal… if LeBron comes to New York. Maybe he even helps lure LeBron in the best case (given that he is a PR nightmare… who knows what impact it would have on LeBron’s thinking… at face value he’s more attractive that Jeffries/Curry at least, but maybe Walsh can sell LeBron on what he can do with the expiring contracts/2011 cap space). I can also see an argument that Arenas is overrated and overpaid and even buying now for little talent in return is buying high.

    2011 isn’t a good free agent class (unless no one opts out this season), but “our 2011 f.a.” could also come in the form of a trade… so the cost of tying up cap space with Arenas might be the ability to trade for Chris Paul or someone else who is considerably better than Arenas.

  8. Brian Cronin

    Boy, tonight was irritating, Toronto, Milwaukee and Chicago all won.

    Annoying.

    Especially since Toronto trailed Miami big early on.

  9. BigBlueAL

    Yup, now all 8 teams in the East are at .500. Still think the 8th and maybe the 7th seeds will be under .500 but probably no worse than 39-40 wins.

    Knicks playoffs tickets will have to wait til 2011 to be printed.

  10. d-mar

    I really thought this road trip would knock the Bulls back to our level, and instead they go on a tear and win 4 in a row against good teams. If we’re going to have any chance of sniffing the 8th seed, it starts by winning a bunch of these next 6 games. Any letdown, and there may not be much to talk about in March and April except who we hope the Jazz don’t get in the draft.

  11. DS

    Come on, don’t count the Knicks out just because they’re 4 GB on Charlotte! I mean Charlotte is better, but teams under perform.

  12. Frank O.

    With a point guard that can score and dish this Knicks team would have a much better record. It’s quite clear that as Duhon goes so goes the Knicks.
    Each Knicks slump correlates with Duhon slumps.

    It would be nice if the Knicks could find a deal, but I’m not sure there is one worth making…
    on the other hand, if they could help Duhon get his head out of his ass, this team might be an 8 or a 7, even if that means being .500 or so.

    If only we had drafted a point guard…

  13. Brian Cronin

    If only we had drafted a point guard…

    Yeah, definitely.

    I think it is cool that we had our draft chat this year, because it makes it easy for us now to debunk any accusations of “20/20 hindsight,” because our draft chat was mostly people saying “We want Ty Lawson and Dejaun Blair!”

  14. The Honorable Cock Jowles

    “Anyone read Berman’s article mentioning Hahn’s comments regarding trading Rubio to the Knicks. See here: http://www.nypost.com/p/sports/knicks/minny_gm_rubio_won_go_to_knicks_mQQlhgrwDTG59yqApTRQSN

    Yes. My favorite part of this page is the embedded video window that reads: “The Post’s Marc Berman says the Knicks need wins to stay in contention.” Great insight, Marc, but remember: the Knicks need to score points to win games.

    “I think it is cool that we had our draft chat this year, because it makes it easy for us now to debunk any accusations of “20/20 hindsight,” because our draft chat was mostly people saying “We want Ty Lawson and Dejaun Blair!”

    Also the most frustrating part of being a Knicks fan (beside the Curry/Jeffries contracts).

  15. DS

    I officially hate the press. They have no integrity when it comes to players and immediately fall in love with the entire roster of the leagues best and “most surprising” teams. A year ago Z-Bo and Crawford were anti-Christs and now they’re media darlings.

    Diatribe over.

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