NEW YORK (AFP) — Danilo Gallinari of Italy likes the chances of his Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA playoffs if the season resumes, but said that safety must be emphasized in any comeback plan.
The 31-year-old forward, whose homeland was among the nations most severely struck by the coronavirus pandemic, calls home to his family in Italy daily as he waits in Oklahoma City for the NBA campaign to resume.
“It’s tough to be far away,” said Gallinari in a video posted on the league’s website.
“It has been tough, the effect of this virus and not knowing what’s really going on.”
The NBA shut after Utah’s Rudy Gobert tested positive for coronavirus on 11 March before a game at Oklahoma City that was postponed.
Gallinari likes the idea of restarting the season but insists precautions must be taken to prevent players from being infected by the deadly virus, which can also impose lasting debilitating effects.