Mar 5, 2013; Sacramento, CA, USA; Denver Nuggets small forward Danilo Gallinari (8) brings the ball down the court against the Sacramento Kings during the first quarter at Sleep Train Arena. Mandatory Credit: Kelley L Cox-USA TODAY Sports

Danilo Gallinari Could to Return Sooner Than Expected


Luckily for the Denver Nuggets, Danilo Gallinari could return from a torn ACL sooner than originally expected.

Originally it was thought that Gallinari would miss at least half of the 2013-2014 season due to the long recovery process. According to team spokesman Tim Gelt, the Nuggets remain hopeful that one of their key players will be able to return sooner rather than later due to the fact that the surgery he underwent was to promote healing in his partially torn ACL, rather than a complete ACL reconstruction.

There is no timetable for Gallinari’s return as of now, but the Italian sensation did post a video on his Facebook page stating that his recovery time will be completely different from what was previously expected.

Denver is in the middle of their search for the team’s next head coach after the firing of Coach of the Year George Karl as well as going through the process of hiring a new general manager after Masai Ujiri bolted for the Toronto Raptors vacancy.

In 71 games this season, Gallinari averaged 16.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per contest. The four-year forward that was a key piece in the blockbuster trade that sent Carmelo Anthony to the New York Knicks is known as the most gifted scorer on the Nuggets. Versatility is the key to Gallinari’s success, so while he is thought to be able to return sooner than originally expected, a full recovery is crucial for both his and the organization’s success.

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