By Jeff Case
If you haven’t heard Chris Webber‘s dramatically elongated (and hilarious) pronunciation of Danilo Gallinari‘s last name (which Webber also does with a mock Italian accent), well, here you go:
Now that we’ve established that Gallinari (who, for the uninformed, was born in Italy) and his heritage are a talking point for Webber, NBA fans, television announcers and more, it appears the Nuggets’ bench also likes to have a little fun with their second-leading scorer’s birth place. Check out this bit of Italian gesturing between Gallinari and the Nuggets’ bench after he nails a back-breaking 3-pointer against Utah last night:
After nailing the shot, Gallinari (according to this web site on Italian gestures) gives his Denver teammates the “Eccellente!” (aka bringing the fingers to the lips with a kiss), which they respond with the “Ma che vuoi?” (Fingers bunched together, tips touching and pointing upward while holding your arm about a foot from your body and moving the hand up and down at the wrist, which means “What do you really want?”).
Fantastic celebration that we’re sure to see more of as the playoffs get closer