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Danilo Gallinari Biography
Danilo Gallinari was born August 8, 1988 in Sant'AngeloLodigiano and is an Italian professional basketball player with the DenverNuggets of the NBA. He is 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) in height and 102.1 kg (225 lbs)in weight. He plays mainly at the small forward position. His nickname isThe Rooster.
His contract with Olimpia Milano had an escape clause forplaying professionally in the United States, effectively eliminating majorencumbrances that would have prevented him from joining the NBA. On April 23,2008, he decided to declare himself eligible for the 2008 NBA Draft.
Gallinari was drafted 6th overall in the 2008 draft by theNew York Knicks. He then signed a two-year contract with the team.
In his first NBA Summer League game, Gallinari showed off hisball handling skills by executing a Shammgod dribble move in orderto beat his defender to the basket and draw a foul.
Just one game into the 0809 season it was announcedGallinari would most likely miss most of the remainder of the season due toback problems. Despite his back problems, he came back into play on 17 January,during a game the Knicks lost to Philadelphia. On 4 March, Gallinari scored aseason-high 17 points against the Atlanta Hawks, shooting 45 on three-pointfield goal attempts.
On October 23, 2009, the Knicks picked up Gallinari'scontract option, ensuring that he will remain a Knick through the 2011-12 NBAseason.
With the Knicks freeing up roster space for Gallinari withthe trade of Quentin Richardson, and with Al Harrington being relegated to thebench, head coach Mike D'Antoni named Gallinari a starter two games into the2009 NBA season. Gallinari has impressed so far in the 2009 season. On October31, 2009, the third game of the 2009 season, Gallinari scored a career-high 30points and made eight three-pointers in an overtime loss to the Philadelphia76ers, one short of tying a Knicks franchise record held by Latrell Sprewelland John Starks. Gallinari set anew career high on April 6, 2010 with 31 points in a 104-101 win over theBoston Celtics.
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