After recovering from the ACL injury that side-lined him for the 2013-14 season, Gallinari returns to the Italy squad for the first time since 2012, when he made his 20th senior appearance in a EuroBasket Qualification Round game against Belarus. His international debut came in 2011 ahead of playing at EuroBasket in Lithuania, where he averaged 14.4 points in a First Round exit. Previously, he helped the Italians to bronze at the U18 European Championship 2005 in Belgrade after also playing at U16 level. His professional career began at 16 at Casalpusterlengo and Pavia, before spending two seasons with Milano where he picked up the Euroleague's Rising Star trophy for the best player under 22. He was drafted sixth overall into the NBA by the New York Knicks but was traded to Denver in January 2011. He scored a career-high 47 points against Dallas on 10 April, 2014. His father Vittorio played in the Italian League, including for Milan. Gallinari wears No. 8 to commemorate his birthdate (8/8/88). He has modelled for Armani. His nickname is ‘Il Gallo' (The Rooster). Name is pronounced Da-KNEE-lo Gal-in-ARE-ee.