Denver Nuggets Rumors
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.
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.
Q: What’s your real goal? You were telling me that starting the season as underdogs can be an advantage. Gallinari: Yeah it can be an advantage. For me, it’s gonna be an advantage. Being underdogs, especially in the West, can really be an advantage. According to me, we can fight for the playoffs without a doubt, we have the chance to do it.
As the son of an NBA head coach, Nuggets head coach Mike Malone has seen his fair share of players with leadership traits. The best, in his opinion, is Chris Paul. “All I can speak to from my experience, he’s probably the best leader I’ve ever been around,” Malone said.
Following what felt like a brief, but action-packed offseason, the NBA officially returned last night, with the Denver Nuggets and Los Angeles Clippers tipping off the preseason. One of the guys who made the offseason exciting was DeAndre Jordan, who was briefly a Dallas Maverick before re-committing to the Clippers. And good thing he did, because we probably wouldn’t have gotten this hilarious sneaker moment.