There was a time just a few years ago when Danilo Gallinari was what teams wanted in a four that fits the modern NBA game — he ran the floor well, could stretch the floor to knock down threes, could put the ball on the floor and get to the rim, just could do a lot of things on offense. He was Il Gallo, the rooster. He scored more points per game (17.2) then anyone else on a 57-win Nuggets team.
Knee injuries have robbed us of that Gallinari.
First it was the torn ACL at the end of that 2013 season, followed by a surgery that didn’t fix the problems and had to be redone so he missed all of last season.
Now this: Gallinari has a torn meniscus in his right knee but could return in a few weeks, as reported by Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post.
Ugh. but at least he’ll be back. Hopefully closer to his old self.
Gallinari hadn’t been the same this season, coming off the bench scoring 7.8 points a game this season and shooting just 36 percent overall and 31.4 percent from three. He hadn’t been much of a factor and was already not the same player, the one Denver needed if they were going to be playoff contenders in the West this season (the Nuggets are 12-15 with a below average offense and defense).
Gallinari has one year left on his contract after this at $11.6 million.