In addition to Mike D’Antoni’s agent and Knicks super fan Spike Lee visiting Knicks practice, there was another familiar face in Greenburgh on Monday: Vittorio Gallinari, Danilo’s dad.
Vittorio Gallinari stopped by practice to say hello to D'Antoni, whom he played and roomed with in Italy for eight seasons, and team president Donnie Walsh. He is traveling to Denver to visit Danilo.
Gallinari told ESPNNewYork.com after practice that D'Anontoni and Walsh assured him in February that the team didn’t want to give up Danilo in its trade for Carmelo Anthony. But Denver forced the Knicks to include Gallinari in a package for Anthony.
“They had to to get Carmelo,” Vittorio Gallinari said.
He added that he and Danilo have no hard feelings toward the Knicks for dealing the 22-year-old sharpshooter in the Carmelo Anthony trade.
Vittorio also said that Gallinari, who scored 22 points on Sunday night in Denver’s win over the Lakers, is happy with the Nuggets. But Danilo’s dad also did not rule out a return to New York in the future.
“If he plays another ten years in the NBA, who knows?” Vittorio said.
Gallinari will be a restricted free-agent at the end of next season.