HoopsHype Danilo Gallinari rumors

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As Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari continues to work toward a return from a knee injury, his time missed is approaching a level for which the team will get some of his money covered. The magic number is 41. If Gallinari misses 41 consecutive regular-season games — and this goes back to last season — an NBA insurance policy will pay for part of his salary per game in every contest after that. Gallinari has missed 40 consecutive regular-season games, dating to the final six games of last season, as he rehabs a left ACL injury. Starting Saturday in the Nuggets' home game against Orlando, the insurance policy pays for 50 percent of his base salary per game, meaning the Nuggets will get about $61,800 covered each night he does not play until he returns. Gallinari is making more than $10 million this season, the second of a four-year contract. Denver Post

December 11, 2013 Updates

Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari is in the process of clearing one of the biggest hurdles of his rehab — running. "It's a big step," Gallinari said. "It's a big step towards the rehab. That makes you understand a little bit more what the situation (is). It was a pretty good step." Denver Post

December 5, 2013 Updates

The short answer to that is, who knows? I talked to Gallinari before Thanksgiving and, without giving any timetables, he said he's a long way away from returning. Now, he has been steadily doing more and more, but he hasn't started running yet. When he does, then a clearer time-frame will fall into place. But don't expect to see him until after the New Year. Denver Post

November 30, 2013 Updates
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Two months of knee rehab with the Nuggets has brought some clarity to forward Danilo Gallinari about the time it's actually going to take to get back on the court. It won't be next week, as he'd hoped - and said prior to the start of training camp - it would be. In fact, he does not know when it will be. He is officially out of the prediction and timetable business. What he does know is he is very far away from even thinking about a return. Denver Post

"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." And that's about it. Gallinari doesn't have a date for when he'll begin on-court running. For those expecting a quick return from the Nuggets second-leading scorer last season, patience will be needed. Gallinari admitted he was a bit overzealous with his initial time frame for returning. Denver Post

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October 26, 2013 Updates

Last season while Brian Shaw was still a member of the Indiana Pacers coaching staff, he sat and talked with sidelined Bulls star Derrick Rose about his ACL injury on a trip to Chicago. Essentially, Shaw’s words were a cautionary tale. Come back too soon, Shaw warned, and you might end up like an old teammate of his – Penny Hardaway. “He was a great player, tore his knee up, came back to early and never was the same player ever again,” Shaw said. “I did have that conversation with Derrick Rose one time when we played Chicago. I told him about the story with Penny. He’s at the point now obviously in his mind, he’s ready.” Denver Post

But is there something Gallo can learn from Rose and how he handled his situation? “I’m sure there is,” Shaw said. “One thing is that, you know when you’re ready better than anybody else. The doctors can prognosticate, and they can set a date. But if in your mind and physically you don’t feel like you’re there, it can affect you.” Denver Post

September 25, 2013 Updates

Danilo Gallinari missed Eurobasket 2013 in Slovenia due to a knee injury. Il Gallo had played the QR last summer with Italian National Team. The Denver Nuggets forward in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport said that he will play with Italy next summer if healthy. Recovery from knee injury. I'm very happy with how things are going even if the path is still long. It 'been a summer of hard work. Eight hours a day. You see the ball just in picture and the time never passes. But I can see the results of the hard work and according to the doctors I should be ready for the end of November. Sportando

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June 14, 2013 Updates

Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari could return by December as opposed to February, a league source told The Denver Post. Gallinari, who underwent knee surgery at the end of the season, had been projected by the Nuggets to miss half of the 2013-14 season. But Gallo posted a video on his official Facebook page Friday in Italian, and in the video Gallo said his left ACL wasn't torn and his recovery time will be "completely different" than previously reported, according to the Italian journalist Davide Chinellato. He is a writer for Italian La Gazzetta dello Sport and translated Gallo's video and posted the quotes on Twitter). Denver Post

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