Tagged: gallinari

POST EXCLUSIVE: NO NEWS IS BIG NEWS

Today, Fat Man Scoop made sure to remind us all that Gallo’s back is still bothering him, noting that Gallo doesn’t sit on the bench during games. Instead he lies down, stretches, or rides the bike in the tunnel. Good work there, Berman, breaking  a story that a casual observer would find obvious by watching a couple minutes of a game on TV.

It also seems that Starberman is struggling to cope with the loss of his meal ticket, insinuating that what Gallo really needs to be effective is a “drive-and-kick point guard”. We all know who Manitee is talking about, but I have a different take. The last thing Gallo needs is a ball dominating guard deciding when he gets the rock. He barely gets touches when Nate is around. Houston had his most effective years as a shooter with Ward as his point guard, not Staph. Besides, El Chupacabra wasn’t so much a drive and kick point guard as he was a pound-the-ball-into-the-ground-and-then-drive-while-completely-ignoring-his-teammates point guard.

Way to continue to make issues out of nothing slobs. Way to sell papers.

Knicks 102, Bulls 98

Good Old Days
Good Old Days

For the second time this season, the Knicks and Bulls played a fun, uptempo game. Neither team is good but they match up well against one another.

The key for the Knicks, as usual in their wins, was that they took care of the ball, and for the most part shot well.

The Knicks only had 11 turnovers. That’s a good number: San Antonio leads the league with 11.5 per game. This compares with the Bulls’ 17 turnovers.

The Knicks also moved the ball well, with assists on half of their makes (18:36).

As for shooting, the Knicks finished at 43%, but factored into this was an aberrational shooting performance by David Lee, who shot 3/14. Excluding Lee, the Knicks shot 48%, a great number.

Great D again from Jeffries, who drew a few charges, blocked 2 shots, and only messed up on offense a handful of times, throwing the ball away and laying a brick or two.

Q-Rich is hot. Hopefully he can continue hitting those threes but I wouldn’t bet the farm.

Nate is warming up, though still a knucklehead, with some out of control drives and a blown dunk on an almost spectacular putback.

Chandler was quiet but had a couple of nice aggressive drives and a couple of true jumpers. He played some solid D on Rose too, staying with him for the most part and blocking a shot. He only got 19 minutes, but made the most of them.

Duhon had a nice aggressive game on offense, taking it to the rack with abandon and also shooting well. He was under control and took care of the ball.

Gallinari looked great again. He had a pretty ugly miss and was turned around on D a couple of times but the D wasn’t too bad because he’s a smart player and knows where he is supposed to be. His reaction speed will improve and his D will get better, but he’s already showing signs on the defensive end, with another block tonight, which he followed with a great, quick outlet to Nate for a fastbreak layup. This on top of a spectacular fast break dunk that got his teammates and the crowd juiced.

Big things ahead for Dino.

Image by: Jonathan Daniel/Allsport

2010: Consolation Prizes Pretty Good

I’ll be the first to admit that perhaps the Knicks will not land Lebron James, Chris Bosh, Dwayne Wade, or Amare Stoudamire. That doesn’t mean they can’t put together a sweet team of lesser stars. If you can’t sign any of the four mentioned above, then with the savings, maybe you can sign 3 1/2 players instead of 2 1/2. (Remember that after filling up all their cap space, the Knicks can still sign someone to the full mid-level).

Lets revisit the list of free agents.

  • Joe Johnson
  • Ray Allen
  • Josh Howard
  • Dirk Nowitzki
  • Kenyon Martin
  • Tracy McGrady
  • Yao Ming
  • Marcus Camby
  • Rudy Gay
  • Richard Jefferson
  • Randy Foye
  • Mike Miller
  • Tyson Chandler
  • Steve Nash
  • LaMarcus Aldridge
  • Brandon Roy

Would anyone be upset if the Knicks came away from the summer of 2010 with a combination of Joe Johnson, Rudy Gay, Tyson Chandler, and Mike Miller, added to a core of Wilson Chandler, Gallinari, and lets say, Ricky Rubio?

What about a combination of Richard Jefferson, Randy Foye, Dirk Nowitzki, Steve Nash, Wilson Chandler, Gallinari, and Rubio or Brandon Jennings or Jrue Holiday or Stephen Curry?

Or Joe Johnson, Josh Howard, LaMarcus Aldridge and Marcus Camby with Wilson Chandler, Gallinari and a draft pick.

Yao Ming, Josh Howard, Mike Miller, Randy Foye, Chandler, Gallinari, Blake Griffin?

Even without catching the big fishes, the Knicks can still field a great team if they stick to the plan.

I’d like to hear some proposals for combinations from our readers…

David Lee Trade Rumor.

UPDATE: Tommy Dee at The Knicks Blog is reporting that Portland is getting aggressive in their pursuit of David Lee. They have no lack of young intriguing talent. If the Knicks swing a Lee trade, I hope Portland is involved in some way. Also, Walsh is proving his mettle, turning down the Denver deal and setting a floor on the Lee market. Any team that wants Lee will have to make a serious offer that beats Denver’s. Thanks to Virgil for pointing out Tommy Dee’s latest blog entry.

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Heri made a comment on the Curry Comeback blog that I think merits some discussion. Here is what he wrote:

Lee is a stud rebounding hard worker, you can’t continue to throw good talent away in the name of 2010 like we did Zack. You trade for equal or better value, or at least a draft pick.

There was a report on ESPN.com yesterday indicating that the Nuggets offered the Knicks two first round draft picks (one of which probably belongs to the Bobcats) and Chucky Atkins for David Lee. Word is that the Knicks rejected the offer, holding out for Linas Kleiza. I’m very tempted by this deal. The Knicks are rebuilding and first round draft picks, especially when one might be a lottery pick, are hard to come by. Not sure if I’d definitely pull the trigger, but I am intrigued. Holding out for Kleiza is odd to me as well since the Knicks would have to extend him this summer if they want to keep him, just like Lee.

The other major problem with this proposed trade is that it would leave the Knicks completely devastated up front unless Curry and Gallinari are ready to contribute, which is possible.

Discuss.