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Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 at 10:40 am  |  6 responses

Danilo Gallinari Has ‘No Idea’ When He Will Play Again


Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari says he’s in the dark when it comes to when he’ll suit up again — the big man continues to slowly recover from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. Per the AP: “Can you dunk?’ one child asked the 6-foot-10 Denver Nuggets forward. ‘You know, I cannot,’ Gallinari said. Not now, anyway. Just when, well, that’s difficult for him to say. At the moment, Gallinari has ‘no idea’ when he will return to the court as he recovers from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. The Italian forward is limited to rehabbing in the weight room from the injury he sustained in April. He said that while he does occasionally shoot free throws, he hasn’t really been able to run the floor. Frustrating? ‘A little bit,’ Gallinari said. ‘You always are frustrated a little bit when you can’t play.’ Off to a 2-4 start, the Nuggets sure could use Gallinari’s long-range shooting skills. He will be a big boost for first-year coach Brian Shaw once he returns to the floor. Gallinari hurt his knee against Dallas on April 4, when he planted awkwardly while going in for a layup. He’s had two surgeries on the knee. He spends around five hours a day working out under the supervision of Steve Hess, the team’s strength and conditioning coach. Gallinari was hoping he could be at full speed and possibly back in the lineup by next month, but he would rather just wait until the knee feels completely healthy, not speculate on a return date. ‘Once you feel strong, you’ve got to be able to translate everything on the court,’ Gallinari explained. ‘The mental part is going to be the most important.’”

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  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    according to him he never actually tore his ACL!

    “I will give you a positive news: my ACL is not broken. It was neither repaired nor reconstructed. I had a a unique recovery after my first surgery. My ACL responded very well. I had a procedure called “healing response.” My plans and my recovery timetable change totally but I will inform you about that later.“ – Danilo Gallinari, June 2013

  • spit hot fiyah

    “but I will inform you about that later.” november 2013 was not included in that statement

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he technically has until the day before he comes back to live up to his word lol

  • pposse

    that was his first mistake, he probably should have reconstructed the acl

  • spit hot fiyah

    or he could have asked a doctor to do it, probably safer that way

  • pposse

    yes! man i dont know, i personally tore my acl and had surgery in June; i haven’t picked up a bball other than shooting free throws and some jumpers here and there, but there is confidence built up from the work i put in for PT that i can return to my original form!

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