Danilo Gallinari shakes his head while he smiles. This is about where he is mentally these days, a positive outlook combined with lingering I-can't-believe-all-of-this-happened. He is with the Nuggets on this trip, Friday back in New York where he started his NBA career, his first road trip with the team since undergoing a second procedure on his injured left knee — ACL reconstructive surgery on Jan. 21.

Gallinari, with ice bags on both knees Friday morning, watched shootaround and then talked to The Denver Post about the ordeal, his first interview since the surgery.

"I'm feeling good," Gallinari said. "The surgery went very well — this one went very well — and so we're just on the road, back from the beginning on the road to recover. The good thing is that all the work that I put in before is going to be, I can use it. The rehab is going to be much easier, so it's going to be much better."

Gallinari expects to be ready by the time training camp rolls around in October. He's already walking, and says he has been for "the last four or five days now."

"One of the reasons I was able to walk so fast after surgery is because of all of the work that I did before," Gallinari said. "So, I'll be following the team and doing the rehab with the staff."

The Nuggets could use him. Only the point guard position has taken a worse hit than small forward this season. And Gallinari wasn't just any player. At 16.2 points per game, he was the team's second-leading scorer in 2012-13 — and rapidly improving.