Last season while Brian Shaw was still a member of the Indiana Pacers coaching staff, he sat and talked with sidelined Bulls star Derrick Rose about his ACL injury on a trip to Chicago.

Essentially, Shaw’s words were a cautionary tale.

Come back too soon, Shaw warned, and you might end up like an old teammate of his – Penny Hardaway.

“He was a great player, tore his knee up, came back to early and never was the same player ever again,” Shaw said. “I did have that conversation with Derrick Rose one time when we played Chicago. I told him about the story with Penny. He’s at the point now obviously in his mind, he’s ready.”

Rose waited a year-and-a-half before he returned to full-time action, and all appearances are he made the right decision in doing so. The quickness, the explosion are all there; some think in greater quantities than prior to his injury. Looking every bit the league MVP he was in 2011, Rose is ripping through defenses in the preseason as if they weren’t even there.

Which brings us to Danilo Gallinari.

The Nuggets forward has an ACL tear of his own, suffered in April, and is eager to get back on the court. There is no official timetable for his return, though he’s said he’d been told by doctors that the end of November or early December could be feasible. That would be roughly seven months from injury to return.