Celtics’ Danilo Galinari discusses Jason Tatum and Jaylen Brown


Danilo Gallinari of the Boston Celtics.

The Boston Celtics made some new introductions on Tuesday, July 12. Malcolm Brogdon, who was traded for the Celtics, and Danilo Galinari, who signed Boston in free agency, spoke to the media for the first time as members of the team.

Gallinari is signed with Boston’s full taxpayer MLE, which means he’ll be on the books for two seasons for about $6.5 million a season. During his first press conference as a Celtic player, Gallinari took some time to talk about the Boston stars.

The Italian striker discussed the opportunity to play with both Jason Tatum and Jaylene Brown. He praised them for what they have been able to achieve in their career thus far and said his goal is to help them take the next step.

“They are great players. They have already won a lot and at a high level. I want to help us take the next step,” Galinari explained.

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In addition, he went into more detail as to what he will be able to offer the team.

Gallinari explains his skill set

Aside from just discussing his goals, Gallinari went into detail on exactly what he brings to the table on the field. The veteran striker said his versatility should allow him to fit in well with the Boston system.

“I’m a very versatile player. I’ve played in many systems and there are a lot of things I can do well. I think I can really fit in here and help the team win,” Galinari explained.

Last season, Gallinari appeared in 66 games for the Hawks, with only 18 starting. In those games, Gallinari averaged 11.7 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.5 assists on 43.4% of shooting from the field and 38.1% on shooting from behind the three-point line.

At 33 years old, Gallinari is entering the final stages of his career. During his press conference, he stated that his main focus at this point in his career is winning the championship.

“Winning the championship is a constant thought for me at this point in my career,” Gallinari said.

At the same time, he urged the Celtics not to make the same mistakes as the Atlanta Hawks after reaching the Eastern Conference Finals. Apparently, some members of the Hawks were complacent, but Gallinary was (and still is) completely against this mentality.

“I said no. We need to win now. You have to do it now. You never know when you’ll have a chance again,” Galinari explained.

Winning a title is very important to Gallinari, and winning a title in Boston would be even more special.

Gallinari Connection to Celtics

During his press conference, Gallinari revealed that his father was a huge fan of the Celtics. He grew up familiar with the Celtics and said getting the chance to play in Boston was a special opportunity for him.

“I grew up with my dad, since I was a little kid, being a Celtics. Huge Larry Bird fan. So, when the Celtics came to the table, it was like a no-brainer,” Galinari revealed.

Gallinari’s childhood association with the Celtics should have made his time in Boston more enjoyable to watch.

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