“[When I was first traded to Denver], I didn’t know if I wanted to come here,” he admitted. “I wanted to stay on the East Coast with my family. I had conversations with the GM, my agent, but also with my wife. I was like ‘I don’t want to go.’ I’ve never been in that situation. You don’t know what you’re going to do until you’re in that situation. I gave myself about 10 minutes to think by myself and I’m like, ‘Well, there’s no reason for me not to go. I’m a professional. This is my job, and they’re giving me an opportunity to play.’
And when he arrived in Denver last season following trades from Dallas and Boston, he entered a fractured locker room playing for a coaching staff that was on its way out. It would have been very easy to just check out, collect the checks, and get through the year. But Nelson didn’t do that. Instead, he invited his new teammates and coaches to his home in Philadelphia to try to mend fences and get the team back on the same page. His mom even cooked for them. “When I got here, I could see some kind of disconnection,” Nelson says. “Was it basketball, was it outside of basketball, I don’t know, I wasn’t here long enough to see that. Who am I to judge? But me being who I am, a leader, to try and help other people out, I felt we all needed to get together and do some things, laugh and joke outside of basketball. “When you’re on the court, it’s business. It should be. I just felt like it was a thing where we were going back to Philly, and I just happen to have a house there, and my mom can cook pretty well. So I just had everybody come over.”
Any lasting memories from visiting your dad when he was playing overseas? Devin Booker: He was a teammate of Danilo Gallinari. Gallo, I used to play one-on-one with him when I was 11 or 12. I was a big fan. He was the man in Italy. So you know, I’m playing Gallo one-on-one and he gave me his shoes, autographed. That was a big deal. I still have the shoes. I worked out in Denver and I had the same locker as him, so I told him about that. It’s crazy how that actually happened.
4 days ago via SLAM
Danilo Gallinari sat down for an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport about the upcoming season for the Denver Nuggets, as well as his Eurobasket experience. (…) Q: Malone said he’s gonna use you as a SF and as a “stretch four”, like Americans say. Do you have a preference? Danilo Gallinari: Well, we have already talked about it a lot, we have already planned situations in which I’m gonna start as a SF, then I can be used as a 4 as the game goes on. It depends on the team we’re facing, the trend of the game, but often I’m gonna play as a stretch four, as he says, spreading the floor. We’ve already tried most of these schemes, so basically I already have these situations set in my mind.