Another point that might make some Knicks fans wary is that Isiah Thomas played a role - albeit small - in the Gallinari decision. Walsh dispatched Thomas to Europe in May to watch Gallinari and he came back with a glowing report.In other words, Gallinari is a project not a messiah.
"The kid won't back down," Thomas said.
Wilson said that's one part of his game that makes him unique from most European players.
"American guys over there heard he was the man, so they wanted to put him in his place," Wilson said. "They would pop him, they would elbow him and they would hit. He wouldn't get rattled. He would just go down, make a basket on them and look at them. Stand right up to them. He didn't get intimidated.
"We're going to have to work with him, wait on him, encourage him, develop him, play him and let him take his lumps. It'll make him stronger and make him better. And he will get better."
Actually, I'm okay with that but I would have been far happier with another pick no matter how remote of someone who could come in, make the team and contribute next year.