Danilo Gallinari raring to make comeback in NBA Africa game
Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari will make his awaited return to the court early in the offseason, taking part on Team World, who will face Team Africa in Menlyn Pretoria, South Africa on Saturday.
The Italian marksman dealt with a flurry of injuries during his first season with the Clippers, playing in only 21 games while shooting a career-worst 32.4 percent from beyond the arc.
Gallinari’s stint with the Clippers came to a quick halt after he experienced problem with a strained left glute, an injury he shook off only to run into a fractured hand later on, resulting in his extended absence.
This NBA Africa game will be his first since playing in two of the last 24 games of the season, sitting out the last five games with the Clippers already out of playoff contention.
“Of course I will play. I got to show you some of the Gallo magic,” said Gallinari, laughing, during a conference call Wednesday with reporters, per Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times. “Yeah, yeah, everything is good. I’m very excited. I’m healthy now, body is good. So I can’t wait to start.”
Gallinari signed a three-year, $64.8 million deal with the Denver Nuggets before getting traded to the Clippers and still has $44 million left in his contract. The 6-foot-10 sharpshooter will need to get back to full health in the near future and there is no better way to demonstrate it than having a good showing on Saturday, as the rest of the world watches.