Gallinari To Feature In Italy Opener

15 August 2012

Danilo Gallinari (Italy)
'Gallinari can be important in many aspects even he is not 100 percent fit," coach Simone Pianigiani says of the forward, whose participation in Italy's first game had been uncertain

Danilo Gallinari will be among the 12 players selected by Italy coach Simone Pianigiani for Wednesday's EuroBasket Qualification Round game against Portugal in Sassari.

The Denver Nuggets forward has not featured in any of the Azzurri's warm-up games this summer due to shoulder and back injuries.

"In the last few days Danilo has undergone his first training sessions," Pianigiani said.

"He is doing everything he can to be there. He strongly wants it also because he likes to play.

"However, we all have to be aware that while other players have been training and preparing for a month, he has undergone therapy in the last month," Pianigiani pointed out.

The Italy coach went on to praise the 24-year-old orward and stress his importance to the team.

"Gallinari is, however, a player that through determination, will and his characteristics, can be important in many small aspects even when he is not 100 percent.

"Mentally, he is ready. Having said this, we will evaluate each time what he can give and how each game will go."


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