Italbasket, Gianmarco Pozzecco doesn’t forget Danilo Gallinari

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“I want to dedicate this victory to Danilo.”

After the terrible diagnosis communicated today by the Boston Celtics on Danilo Gallinari – rupture of the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, the same one injured in 2013 – Italy coach Gianmarco Pozzecco did not forget his player in his first words released in a press conference on the sidelines of the clear victory against Estonia in the European opener.

“We dedicate today’s victory to Danilo Gallinari. I was very nervous today, I recognize that, especially in the third quarter. I thank my players for an authoritative performance: the postcard of our game is the attitude of Tonut, who is an incredible scorer but tonight he struggled on offense. Well, he didn’t stop for a second to hustle on defense and help his teammates. This is us: we play together, one for the other and sacrifice for 40 minutes. These are good days for us, we have the privilege of playing the European Championship at home: we wanted to start well and we did,” he began.

“Tomorrow a big team like Greece awaits us, which is obviously not only the talent of a phenomenon like Giannis Antetokounmpo. We will play our cards and adjust, Greece’s caliber demands it, but we will try to do our thing: defend, pass the ball and help. Now we recover our energy, from tomorrow morning we will think about Greece,” he concluded.

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