http://www.denverpost.com/nuggets/ci_21813760/danilo-gallinari-emerging-nuggets-leader?source=rss&utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitterHe makes nearly $10 million a year. He has 242,000 followers on Twitter and counting, many of them females who openly swoon at his Italian good looks. He is Danilo Gallinari, and he has it all — and he has nothing.
The Nuggets' 6-foot-10 forward won't feel like he has accomplished much of anything until he has a shiny ring to wear, one that no amount of money can buy.
"I don't really care about my stats. Whatever we do, we've just got to win," Gallinari said Friday after practice. "The only thing that matters to me is winning."
Gallinari, who came to Denver from the New York Knicks in the Carmelo Anthony trade, isn't as shy about asserting himself in the Nuggets' locker room anymore. At first, he admits, he didn't feel like he had the kind of stature to speak up as a leader on the team.
But entering his second full season with the Nuggets, that has changed.
"I think it's something that comes naturally with more years (here). I'm more comfortable with it," said Gallinari, who signed a four-year, $42 million contract with the Nuggets in January.
Nuggets coach George Karl has noticed it too.
"He seems a little more focused as a leader," Karl said. "He's given it some serious understanding how we're playing. I think he's been good (in the preseason). I've been really encouraged by his shooting."
Gallinari's shooting accuracy is only 39.5 percent after four preseason games, however. He is 31.8 percent from 3-point land and averaging 14 points — second-best on the team.
"I didn't shoot the ball very good against Portland (Wednesday night), but I think overall it's still been getting better," Gallinari said.
"It's one of my goals this year to shoot better from 3-point range, and I think that's been going good so far. But I want to get better. If I do that, I think I can help us win more, which is my main goal."
Footnotes. Karl has mostly been happy with his team in the preseason, but not in one area: turnovers. "We're giving the other team 30 points a game off turnovers," he said. "I'm going to blame it on me, putting bad combinations out there." ... Karl said he was pleased with Wilson
Chandler's showing in Portland, Chandler's first game since April, after he suffered a left hip injury. Chandler did not score in 12 minutes but grabbed four rebounds and played well defensively, Karl said.