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Nuggets Injury Update: Danilo Gallinari likely will return for training camp

By on 6/06/2014 08:00:00 AM

The Denver Nuggets ended the 2013-2014 season with a disappointing 36-46 record following a 57-25 record in 2012-2013. The Nuggets had injury problems following a season in which only four players appear in over 70 games. They played the entire season without forward Danilo Gallinari, who had a procedure last June on a partially torn ACL and reconstructive surgery in January. The good news is Gallinari is ahead of schedule in his rehab and intends to be back by training camp.

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As reported by Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post, Gallinari's rehab for his torn ACL is going as planned and he continues to be on pace to be ready for training camp in the fall. He's currently in Rome for the NBA's Basketball Without Borders program. Before he left for Italy, he was cleared to begin individual on-court workouts.

Gallinari, who plans to practice some with the Italian national team and increase his intensity with full-court games late in August or early September, is pleased with his progress.
"Everything is going very well. I was able to play with the basketball, finally, like I wanted to my last week in Denver. I was glad that (Nuggets strength coach) Steve (Hess) gave me a little fun in the rehab for the last week."
Gallinari was drafted by the New York Knicks in the first round in 2008.  Last season he set a career high in scoring, at 16.2 points per game, to go along with 5.2 rebounds.  In 285 career games, Gallinari is averaging 14.5 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.

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