On Friday it was reported by Christopher Dempsey of The Denver Post that Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari has no timetable for his return to NBA action. Gallinari suffered a torn ACL last season on April 4. However, it was reported after he had surgery that his recovery time would actually be shorter than initially expected as he had only a partial tear of the ligament.
At the time that the news came out about a shorter recovery time, it was projected that Gallinari would likely return to the Nuggets around December. Gallinari’s agent, the source in the Post’s article, would not comment on the possible return of his client in December. His agent did say that the rehabilitation process was going well and that Gallo is “progressing.”
To be completely honest, I’m torn on how the lack of timetable makes me feel about the Nuggets. On one hand, the Nuggets and Gallinari could be playing this situation close to the vest and trying to sneak up on opponents by unleashing their Italian forward when no one expects it. However, there is also a chance that the Nuggets and Gallinari legitimately don’t know when he’s going to be able to return. The latter possibility is a frightening one for this team.
With the departure of Andre Iguodala in free agency this summer, this Nuggets squad is a team looking for a leader and, somewhat unrelated to Iguodala, a perimeter threat on both ends of the floor. Gallinari is a player with the skill-set that could provide just that for Denver if he’s healthy. However, if his status is uncertain, that leaves a gigantic hole in the Nuggets’ rotation. The Nuggets should be an entertaining team this year based solely on the personalities that they’ve placed together, but possibly the most interesting thing for them this season is what is going to happen with Gallo.
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