Friday , Mar , 20 , 2009 C.Y. Ellis

Donnie Walsh: Danilo Gallinari Was the Right Pick

Knicks president Donnie Walsh defended his decision to take Danilo Gallinari with the sixth pick in last June’s draft and is confident the injured rookie will have a productive career.

Gallinari returned to Italy Wednesday to meet with specialists and is expected to have surgery to alleviate the lower back pain that has bothered him since July.

"I’m convinced that we took the right guy," Walsh said. "I’m optimistic that this can be taken care of and he can get back to 100%. And I think that’s the way Danilo is thinking."