Friday, November 14, 2008
Sidelined Gallinari gets cortisone shot; Knicks' Marbury remains in limbo
By Andrew Marchand
Special to ESPN.com
GREENBURGH, N.Y. -- New York Knicks teammates Danilo Gallinari and Stephon Marbury have at least one thing in common -- neither can get on the court.
Gallinari, the sixth overall pick in this year's draft, cannot get healthy. He will be out at least a month and maybe much longer because of a bad back that has limited him to just 11 minutes this season.
The Knicks said Friday that Gallinari will continue to seek more opinions on treatment.
"I just have to be patient," said Gallinari, adding his personal timetable is four to six weeks.
At this point, doctors have determined Gallinari does not need surgery, but that option is not completely off the table just yet. Gallinari received a second cortisone shot Thursday.
Meanwhile, Marbury, the former All-Star, is as healthy as can be, but the Knicks still have no plans to give him playing time.
Marbury confirmed a New York Post report that he met with Knicks president Donnie Walsh on Thursday. The Post said the Knicks might buy out Marbury's contract in the next week, a move that would allow him to join another team.
Marbury would not elaborate when asked about the meeting. He did say the discussion was the first substantive talk he has had with Walsh since the team decided he would not play this season.
"That is the first time we met where we were talking," said Marbury, who is expected to record his ninth DNP when the Knicks play host to Oklahoma City on Friday night.
Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni has been the main proponent of exiling Marbury. Unbeknownst to Walsh, D'Antoni decided on opening night not to play Marbury, which signaled the end of his Knicks career was likely near.
"Steph has been great," D'Antoni told 1050 ESPN Radio in New York. "He is a good guy. I want what is best for him in the context of where he needs to be to work it out. "
Marbury, 30, has been adamant that he will not take a penny less than the $21.9 million he is owed this season. He is in the last year of his contract and has said he doesn't expect this to be his final season. If he doesn't play at all, it would be more difficult for Marbury, who does not have an agent, to negotiate a new contract.
"There is nothing going on except a humbling experience," Marbury said.
Walsh declined comment on Marbury.
Walsh and D'Antoni are more concerned about the 20-year-old Gallinari, who has barely played in games or participated in practices since running into Robert "Tractor" Traylor during a summer league game in Las Vegas. Since then, the Knicks have been trying to figure out what is wrong with Gallinari's back.
"We hope sooner than later he will be back," D'Antoni said. "We had this discussion two months ago, so obviously I'm not an expert on it.
"I don't know if he will be great in January or not playing at all."
Andrew Marchand is the managing editor of 1050 ESPN Radio in New York.