NEW YORK -- In the second-most significant athletic event between teams from New York and Philadelphia, Danilo Gallinari was inserted into the starting lineup Friday night for the Knicks' home opener against the 76ers.
Coach Mike D'Antoni hopes that pairing Gallinari with a more athletic lineup -- and bringing Al Harrington off the bench -- will help the Knicks shake off the slow starts that have plagued them during their 0-2 start. The Knicks have allowed 59 first-quarter points in their first two games and 107 in the first half.
Harrington, who only 10 days ago proclaimed that he's a starter and urged reporters to "write it," softened his stance considerably after D'Antoni announced the shakeup during his pre-game media session.
"I think I'm a starter, but on this team if Coach needs me to come off the bench, I'm gonna come off the bench," Harrington said. "And I'm gonna be the best bench player, too. So I'm looking forward to it."
It'll be the third career start for the 21-year-old Gallinari, who was limited to 28 games during his rookie season due to a back injury. In the Knicks' first two losses, he scored 22 and 16 points and made 10-of-20 from 3-point range.