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.
GREENBURGH, N.Y. — Danilo Gallinari expects a warm reception when he returns home to Milan, Italy with his Knick teammates, but he says it should pale in comparison to how head coach Mike D’Antoni is received.
“I know that you guys don’t know a lot about what Mike did over there, but for a guy like me who grew up playing basketball in Italy, Mike is an idol,” Gallinari said Wednesday after the team’s last practice before departing to face Armani Jeans Milano Sunday in an exhibition. “He’s one of the best players who ever played in European basketball.”
D’Antoni played 13 seasons for Milan of the Italian League and became the club’s all-time leading scorer. He was voted the League’s all-time greatest point guard in 1990 and paced Milan to five Italian League titles and numerous other championships. He also met his wife, Laurel, there.
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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.