Danilo Gallinari Will Start, Eventually

by October 20, 2009

For now, according to Mike D’Antoni, the Italian will come off the pine: “D’Antoni acknowledged that the development of Gallinari, the team’s first-round draft pick in 2008, was probably woven into any team success. Gallinari played in only 28 games last season, when he was limited by a back injury. He has struggled with his shot and his aggressiveness in the preseason. ‘I probably would like to start him, but this is kind of his rookie year and we’ll go through some stuff and we’ll see,’ D’Antoni said. ‘But I think eventually, he will be a starter because he’s that good.”’