DENVER (The Sports Xchange) – Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari will not return this season due to the right ankle injury he suffered on Feb. 26.
Gallinari told the Denver Post on Saturday that he’s done for the campaign. The injury will mean Gallinari missed the final 23 games of the season and 29 overall.
“Very disappointing,” Gallinari told the newspaper. “But that’s the way it is. We’re not fighting for anything right now. As a player, it’s one of the worst feelings ever because if you’re not fighting for anything it’s even tougher to find the motivation to play a game.”
Gallinari averaged a career-best 19.5 points, which leads the Nuggets. He shot 41 percent from the field and averaged 5.3 rebounds and 2.5 assists.
Gallinari said he’s recovering well from the injury but he also isn’t ready to play in games.
“Most of the stuff on the court I’m not doing at a game speed,” Gallinari said. “So, you know, shooting, sliding, running, any kind of motion, but not at game speed yet. That’s the level I’m at right now.”
Gallinari also said the decision to not play again for the Nuggets this season has nothing to do with his commitment to play for Italy at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.