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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Nuggets Injury Update: Danilo Gallinari rehab is going well

By on 6/11/2014 06:00:00 AM

The Denver Nuggets ended the 2013-2014 season with a disappointing 36-46 record following a 57-25 record in 2012-2013. A major issue contributing to the poor season was injuries. Only four players appeared 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's rehab continues to go well and he feels he can be ready by training camp.

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I reported on June 6 that 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. added an update on Gallinari, reporting that he is ahead of schedule with regards to being able to jump and run without any limitations. He's excited to get back on the court and will join the Italian national team for workouts in August for about a week to 10 days. Although he will not be playing in any games at that time, Gallinari is confident that he can return for training camp.
 "I think training camp is realistic. It’s something that we really talked about with the doctor. It’s something that we really want to achieve and we believe is going to be possible."
Wilson Chandler started at small forward this season in Gallinari's absence and averaged 13.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. It will be interesting to see how the playing time is divided upon Gallinari's return. It will all depend on the overall health and conditioning of Gallinari.

Gallinari was drafted by the New York Knicks in the first round in 2008.  In 2012-2103, 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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