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Nuggets' Danilo Gallinari 'more comfortable' with being a leader now

Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari says he's focused on winning, more comfortable being a leader in the locker room.

Jeff Gross

Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari enters this season with less uncertainty than last. After signing a four year, $42 million contract last January, Gallinari knows he position with the team is secure. Adrian Dater of the Denver Post writes, Gallinari, entering his second full season with the Nuggets, is focused on winning this season and is taking it upon himself to be more of a leader on the court and in the Denver locker room. "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 added that he thinks an increased leadership role is something that has come naturally as he's gotten more comfortable in the Nuggets' locker room. Gallinari also admitted he's been struggling knocking down shots and one his goals this season is to shoot better from three point line. Through the first four games of preseason, Gallinari is shooting 40 percent from the field and just 31 percent from three.

The Nuggets will need improved shooting from Gallinari this season, who becomes the Nuggets' de facto best shooter with Arron Afflalo now in Orlando.