Danilo Gallinari is a budding star in the NBA and a superstar in his native Italy, but he only started a couple games this fall because his coach in Milan figured the lockout would end – and the coach wanted to his starters to bond on the court.

"It was a little bit (weird) — I wasn't used to it, but it was for the good of the team," the Nuggets forward said this afternoon at Pepsi Center, where he worked out on the practice court for the first time since the lockout was lifted. "It was a great experience – I'm from Milan, so I was playing at home in a great atmosphere. It was a really good situation for me. … I'm happy to be back, see the guys, the trainers, everybody in the office. It was fun working out with (strength coach) Steve Hess. I missed Steve a little bit."