Danilo Gallinari Contemplates Playing in Europe During NBA Lockout

by July 06, 2011

Like many of his fellow NBAers, Gallo is thinking about playing for a European team while the NBA lockout drags on. From Sportando: “I did not think about my future yet. It is very hard to understand what is going to happen in 3-4 months from now. For sure, the season will start later than normal and I have to keep myself in shape. But I really don’t want to practice without playing for four months. I am supporting the NBPA: it is right to discuss and re-negotiate the contract but I am not so convinced by the words of David Stern about the losses NBA had in the last years’ said Gallinari who ruled out a return to Olimpia Milano after the statements made by the new head coach of the team Sergio Scariolo (the coach said that he doesn’t want any player in the roster knowing that he can leave during the season when the lockout ends). ‘I did not have any contact with any team so far and I really don’t know if I can play in Europe even if I am under contract with an NBA franchise. For sure, I support coach Scariolo: in Milano I would have a lot of minutes and be an important player in the roster. It is disrespectful playing there few months and then being back to Denver’ said [Gallinari].”