Gallinari told the Denver Post he has already progressed to running and jumping as part of his recovery from January surgery. He has progressed so quickly he even dunked for the first time Tuesday, and said he will be fully recovered by the start of training camp.
Gallinari did not play all season after attempting to return from a partially torn ACL, which ultimately required surgery.
Hope for a 2013 return came when his meniscus procedure revealed only a partial tear of the ACL, but the healing treatment Gallinari opted for didn’t go as smoothly as he’d hoped. Gallinari averaged 16.2 points and 5.2 rebounds per game last season before going down with the knee injury in April.
"I got over the most boring part, by now," Gallinari said. "The muscle tone is back, in the gym I lift weights I never lifted before. I work with the ball and changes of direction. Let's say I still have to work on the mental part, the most important one. Because it's inevitable to think about my knee.
"I haven't set a date for the comeback," Gallinari added. "It's a decision we will take further on. Hypothesis to miss this season? Everything can happen. It's an idea that passed through my mind. But then, maybe, I get back before."
Gallinari began running in mid-December, but he still doesn't have an official timetable for his return after suffering the injury in April.
"It's a big step," Gallinari said. "It's a big step towards the rehab. That makes you understand a little bit more what the situation (is). It was a pretty good step. ... No sideways, just forward and backwards and that's it. It feels pretty good. It doesn't feel like I haven't been running since the fourth of April, a lot of months. It doesn't feel as good as it could be, but it's going to be better every day."
Gallinari also has been able to shoot "a little bit," but he has no timetable for his return.
Gallinari, who is working his way back from a partially torn ACL, won't return next week, as he'd hoped. Although, he is still "far away" from a return and still does not have a date for when he'll begin on-court running.
"Ahead of me I have a lot of things to do - running on the court, being able to do cutting and everything that you do on the court, and be able to play," Gallinari said. "So a lot of stuff. What we are doing now, we are able to run on the AlterG, this anti-gravity machine. We're able to do that and other stuff in the weight room."
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