Danilo Gallinari is ready to return to action after more than one year and half and three knee surgeries.
The Italian forward of the Nuggets talked with La Gazzetta dello Sport about his future, the Italian National Team and the days when his career will be over.
“I feel great. I am ready to return seven months after my last knee surgery. I had a few contact practices in Milan. Now I have to re-gain confidence and be ready. I will need to be patient because after more than a year without basketball you have to work also on the mental aspect. But I want to be a better player than before the injury” said Gallinari. “Steadman? It is clear that if I could go back, I would not go to Steadman Clinic. I will write a book on my last year and half with some things never told. But it is better not to talk about that. I just say that one month after my surgery, Steadman said that he would not work anymore. I made a wrong choice but he was considered one of the best surgeons and his clinic was within a hour’s drive from Denver. Now I see what happened to Giuseppe Rossi, Westbrook, Vonn and many other maybe not famous that went to his Clinic” added Gallinari. “Italian National Team? We are strong and we can make great things. We must dream and we must make Italians dream. Eurobasket will qualify to the Olympics: I am ready now” continued Gallinari. “When my career is over I will stay in America and try to become an American citizen. I won’t return to Italy, just for the holidays and to see my family and my friends” ended Gallinari.