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Monday, November 25, 2013

Nuggets' Danilo Gallinari Will Not Return Soon


By on 11/25/2013 05:28:00 AM

Denver Nuggets' Danilo Gallinari was initially expected to come back next week, his return-date goal from the start of training camp. Instead, Gallinari has ways to go before seeing the court again. In an interview with the Denver Post, Gallinari mentioned that he has not been able to do many basketball activities right now, and he probably won't for a while.
"Ahead of me I have a lot of things to do - running on the court, being able to do cutting and everything that you do on the court, and be able to play," Gallinari said. "So a lot of stuff. What we are doing now, we are able to run on the AlterG, this anti-gravity machine. We're able to do that and other stuff in the weight room."

As the second-leading scorer for the Denver Nuggets last year, Gallinari will have to be patient in his return. To his credit, he's not frustrated with his false prediction and rehab process.
"That was probably the feeling or the first thought that I had starting the rehab with the team and everything," Gallinari said. "But as you are able to see, it was the thought of a guy who had this injury for the first time. I had no experience with this injury, this rehab. That was just my prediction. But as you can see I was completely wrong."

While Gallinari's return would immensely benefit the 6-6 Nuggets team, there's no saying that he will rush back to action once he's cleared. He stated that, in the end, whether he comes back right away or continues to get back to game shape off the court depends on situation. For now, he has a long way to go before even making that decision. Running is the first step to returning to the court, and even the timetable for that starting is unknown. Once he gets that down, it'll open up a lot more activities that he can do.

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