Gallinari unsure if he will return this season

All we have to go on here are the words of Danilo Gallinari himself. As yet there appears to be no confirmation (or denial) of anything specific from the Denver Nuggets brass or medical staff. So take this with appropriately large grains of salt until more information comes in.

That said, Sportando reports on the recent interview Gallo did with the Italian newspaper La Gazzetta dello Sport, and the usually confident Rooster clearly sounds unsure of whether he’ll be able to return this season at all:

“I got over the most boring part, by now. The muscle tone is back, in the gym I lift weights I never lifted before. I work with the ball and changes of direction. Let’s say I still have to work on the mental part, the most important one. Because it’s inevitable to think about my knee – Said Gallo, who added – I haven’t set a date for the comeback. It’s a decision we will take further on. Hypothesis to miss this season? Everything can happen. It’s an idea that passed through my mind. But then, maybe, I get back before“. [Emphasis added]

To reiterate, for now we cannot be sure of how accurate Danilo’s assessment of his own condition is, especially without confirmation from the medical professionals who are overseeing his rehabilitation. But unfortunately, this does not sound good to say the least.

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  • heykyleinsf

    While he certainly has worries and doubts.. this isn’t anything at all to go on, other than it won’t be any time soon. We all miss him without a doubt. Not the end of the world if we don’t get him back this year.. Would have liked to hear some better news though.

  • Andrew

    I sort of figured this would happen, anyway. I would like to see him come back this year, but only the last handful of games. I just think it is important to knock some of that rust off and test the knee in a few games before the Fall, so he is not dealing with that part of it at the beginning of next season.

  • Richard Pesicka

    One man does not make a team. Ask the New York Knicks. Sure it would be great to have Gallo back, but it’s a business. He could go all the way..Across the Country to another team before it’s all said and done.

  • Furious_Stylez

    If this is true, this team will need a trade in order to even think about the playoffs. The current roster won’t cut it in the West. If Connoly is smart, he’ll start looking into multi player deals. Denver has a bunch of attractive cheap contacts. Miller is a goner, we all know that. Randolph has a cheap deal, as does Robinson, Hickson, and Hamilton. If a guy like Drummond becomes available (lots of trade talk surrounding that team recently), put Faried on the block. A dominant SG/SF combo player would be preferable, but a paint protector would also be nice.

  • JED89

    Honestly if he does come back, it will need to be before the allstar break, it takes a lot of guys a couple months to really get back into it and we don’t want to ease him back in during the playoffs. my guess is if he’s still out come march, he isn’t coming back.

  • Mogreen28

    Not what I wanted to hear smh