Danilo Gallinari got the invite to Dallas we all expected on Wednesday when the NBA included him on the Sophomores roster for the T-Mobile Rookie Challenge game in All-Star Weekend.
Nate Robinson, who will also be in Dallas to compete for an unprecedented third Sprite Slam Dunk championship, planned to include Gallinari in one of his dunks. And Gallo may be very busy on All-Star Saturday if the NBA also tabs him to compete in the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest.
Gallinari leads the NBA with 115 three-pointers made, two ahead of Suns center Channing Frye and Houston's Aaron Brooks is third with 108. Gallinari, however, ranks 21st with a 40.4 percent clip from downtown. Daniel Gibson leads the league with 47.2 percent, but his volume is much lower (50-for-106).
Defending champion Daequan Cook is shooting just a 28.8 percent clip from downtown in extremely limited time. He is currently dealing with an ankle sprain and may not get the chance to defend his title. Former two-time champion Jason Kapono is shooting 40 percent from beyond the arc but also in somewhat limited time (14.2 minutes per game) for the 76ers.
Of course the Knicks are hoping to also have some participation in the Sunday portion of the weekend for a change. David Lee's all-star fate will be revealed tonight on TNT.
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