OKLAHOMA CITY — February 6 came and went in the NBA. The Oklahoma City Thunder and its Italian sharpshooter Danilo Gallinari remained a partnership while the reported team of interest, the Miami Heat were forced to settle with an elderly Andre Iguodala.
Other things came and went, and still continue. You might have heard of it. It’s kind of a big deal. You know,
primary elections a global pandemic.
Gallinari and the COVID-19 pandemic have an unfortunate history already. Earlier this year, Italy — specifically the northern region where Gallinari hails from — was the hardest-hit country save for China. Sadly for Gallinari, the virus claimed the life of his friend’s grandmother in March.
Since then, every country has had a measure of success or failure, Italy has been a positive sign of what to follow in combating the virus.
Fortunately for Gallinari, everything on the homefront is good thus far.
“Everybody is good,” Gallinari said. “The situation is way better right now. Life is not back to normal, but almost. So I’m glad that we were able as a country to manage it pretty well but my family, everybody is good.”
Italy’s worst day of the pandemic was 108,165 cases on April 19 to under 14 thousand currently. The Boot has flattened the curve.
While Gallinari remained with the Thunder, everyone knows that the final eight regular season games in Orlando and ensuing playoffs are more than likely his final days in an OKC uniform.
Considering Gallinari’s age, injury history, final year of his deal, no one would blame the soon-to-be 32 year old to opt out of finishing the season in Orlando.
But Gallo doesn’t see it that way.
“Honestly, no,” Gallinari said when asked if he ever thought of opting out. “Not in my mind or my agent’s mind. The main reason is because we are fighting for something and I think that what we are fighting for and what we play for is more important than the free agency that I’m going to approach.”
“We are trying to win something and to go far. So to do it with my teammates especially, to not waste the things since the end of last September and all the work we put in. Nobody, and me first, I don’t want to see it going to waste. I never thought about not playing for my free agency.”
Brady Trantham has covered the Oklahoma City Thunder for The Franchise since April 2018 and for Thunder Digest since 2016. He hosts a Thunder podcast with Madysson Morris “OKC-82 Podcast” which can be found on all podcast outlets, and is a co-host on the Franchise Thunder Insider’s Show on Saturdays from 10-12. Brady is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma class of 2014. Follow him on Twitter @BradyDoesSports