Thursday , Oct , 09 , 2008 C.Y. Ellis

Colangelo: Andrea Bargnani Better than Danilo Gallinari


Colangelo even heard before the 2008 draft that Knicks New York Knicks  rookie Danilo Gallinari, selected No. 6, was the better Italian prospect.

Colangelo disagrees. With Gallinari (bulging disc) missing his showdown vs. Bargnani tonight, Colangelo believes his guy still is the class of Italy.

"I think the upside Bargnani has is different," Colangelo told The Post. "He’s a 7-footer vs. 6-9. He has the advantage of size. When some Italian [scouts] told me Danilo was a better prospect, I’ve always politely disagreed. Danilo has a bright future if his health holds up. But if you’re going to say who will be better, I’d bet on a 7-footer who has already had success in the NBA."

nypost.com