City Sports Report

Stoudemire, Gallinari, Lead Knicks in First Preseason Game Against Milano by Derrel “Jazz” Johnson

Amare Stoudemire lead the New York Knicks with 32 points on only 13 field goal attempts, including a thunderous dunk to begin his Knick career, but the real star of the day, and the New York Knicks trip to Milan, Italy, was Danilo Gallinari, playing against his former team, Olimpia Milano. Gallinari received a great ovation from the crowd in a triumphant performance against the team he played two seasons with prior to being drafted by the New York Knicks as the sixth pick in the first round. He finished with 24 points, including five three pointers, and 7 rebounds, including a pair of threes in the fourth quarter to close out what was surprisingly a close game in the fourth quarter.

The Knicks had an unacceptable 28 turnovers, led by Amare Stoudemire with five, and no player went without a turnover. This is, however, what the preseason is for. Besides Stoudemire and Gallinari, Wilson Chandler had a good game, with 17 points on 9 field goal attempts. Raymond Felton lead the team with eight assists and three steals, and looks to be a good fit as the floor general the Knicks have lacked in past seasons. Newcomers Anthony Randolph and Timofey Mozgov also had good games, with Randolph finishing with 16 points on 11 field goal attempts, while the athletic Mozgov finished with 10 points, 3 blocks, and a steal.

It was a homecoming for Knick Coach Mike D’Antoni as well, he played for Milano in the 1980s and coached the team in the 1990s. The next stop for the Knicks will be Paris, where they will play the Minnesota Timberwolves, who looked impressive in a 21-point preseaon victory over the Los Angeles Lakers Monday.

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