Danilo GallinariNY Knicks forward Danilo Gallinari fulfilled his hoop dreams in 2008 when he was drafted by the Knicks and is now contracted throughout the 2011-12 NBA seasons. How did Dan the Man get his start? Check out these exclusive photos of the Italian stallion b-ball star in his early years on the court: http://www.msg.com/photos/danilo-gallinari-the-early-years/slide/1/

Also, check out this exclusive sit-down "Dinner with Danilo" two-part interview where MSG reporter Tina Cervasio received the chance to wine and dine with Danilo and friends! Check out old footage of Danilo's father and former basketball defenseman Vittorio Gallinari, NY Knicks head coach Mike D'Antoni, see what Danilo's favorite Italian dish is in his favorite NYC restaurant, and more stories of Italy's finest right here: http://blogs.msg.com/gameon/2009/11/11/dinner-with-danilo-gallinari/