Danilo Gallinari: “Huge for all of us to be back at the FIBA World Cup”

Danilo Gallinari: “Huge for all of us to be back at the FIBA World Cup”

Danilo Gallinari spoke with Il Corriere dello Sport

What does the World Cup mean to you?

Actually, you should ask what it means for us. And when I say us, I’m talking not only about the whole team, but also about the whole basketball community, from media to fans to everyone involved. It’s huge that the National Team gets back to playing against the very best from all over the world. We want to do great, and this hasn’t changed since we started wearing the Azzurri jersey. It won’t sound new to anyone, but every athlete dreams and will forever dream about playing for his/her country.

What is Italy’s goal ahead of the World Cup?

We can’t make promises now. We’re still months away, we’ll see when it’s time to go on the court how competitive we can be against our opponents. To advance after the group phase is a must for us and for Serbia, since two teams qualify, but we will need to stay focused every game. We have to respect Philipines and Angola.

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