Adam Zagoria covers basketball at all levels. He is the author of two books and an award-winning journalist whose articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Sports Illustrated, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide.
Tough night for Danilo Gallinari and Donnie Walsh at the WaMu Theater at Madison Square Garden.
No doubt recalling the ill-fated Frederic Weis pick at No. 15 in 1999, Gallinari was booed so loudly after the Knicks chose him at No. 6 in the NBA Draft that his interview with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith was basically inaudible.
Some Knicks fans held up signs calling for the franchise to select West Virginia junior F Joe Alexander. Still, former Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy supported the pick, saying the 6-8 Gallinari will fit well into new coach Mike D’Antoni’s system. D’Antoni played with Gallinari’s father, Vittorio, in Italy.
“All of the playeres has got to hear this (booing),” Gallinari said. “Not every time you can hear good things. So it’s nomal here. …It’s my work to prove to everybody that I am a good player.”
Adam Zagoria is a Basketball Insider who covers basketball at all levels. A contributor to The New York Times and SportsNet New York (SNY), he is also the author of two books and is an award-winning journalist and filmmaker. His articles have appeared in ESPN The Magazine, SLAM, Sheridan Hoops, Basketball Times and in newspapers nationwide. He also won an Emmy award for his work on the SNY mini-documentary on Syracuse guard Tyus Battle.
A veteran Ultimate Frisbee player, he has competed in numerous National and World Championships and, perhaps more importantly, his teams won the Westchester Summer League (WSL) championships in 2011 and 2013.
He lives in Manhattan with his wife and children.