Danilo Gallinari torn his ACL and at once lost his chance to finish the NBA Season and to play Eurobasket 2013 in Slovenia with the Italian National Team.
Gallinari will have surgery in a couple of weeks even if he has not decided yet where he will have the procedure.
Il Gallo talked with La Gazzetta dello Sport about his last two difficult days.
"After the injury I got several phone calls. Friday I had to charge my phone four times. But I replied to everyone" said Gallinari. "So far I just put ice on the knee and had electrical stimulation. Fortunately the knee is not swollen too much. I don't feel too much pain when I don't move it. Mentally I am ok. I am already focused on the surgery. I look forward to start working again on it after the procedure. I still don't know where I will have surgery. Steadman in Vail is an option but I did not rule out the chance to have surgery in Italy.
The video of the injury? I have not watched it and I think I am not going to see it even in future. I had never experienced a similar situation in my life, I felt a strange 'POP'. I felt a lot of pain. My screams when I was on the floor were for the pain, the fear and because I was pissed off. In a few seconds I had a lot of thoughts in my mind. Now I am just sad because things with Denver were going so well. We were having a great season. The locker room was very excited about the performances. But I am sure the team will continue to win even without me. There is such a good chemistry between all the players.
National Team? This is another topic that makes me sad. I've thought a lot about the National Team over the last two days. I was convinced that we could do a great Eurobasket in September. This season I was doing my best because I knew that it would happen something great both with the Nuggets and Italian National Team. I was very happy to make the playoffs in NBA. I felt that this was the right season.