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It’s official: Nuggets’ Gallinari out for season with torn ACL

Apr 5, 2013, 5:13 PM EDT

This was expected, pretty much from the moment we saw the injury and certainly after initial leaks came out about his ACL.

But now it is official: Denver’s Danilo Gallinari is out for the remainder of the season with a torn ACL, the team announced. He will have surgery soon and that’s when a timetable for his return will be set — there were no other torn ligaments or no meniscus damage found.

“We’re extremely disappointed for Gallo. He was having a career year in scoring and rebounding and was a huge reason for our success,” Nuggets executive vice president of basketball operations Masai Ujiri said in a released statement. “We will obviously support him and be there for him throughout his recovery.

“Knowing his work ethic and commitment to getting back on the floor, we are confident he will come back stronger than ever next season.”

Gallo likely will miss some of next season, too. Wilson Chandler will get a bump in minutes as will Corey Brewer. Those two have played well — Brewer brings a great defensive presence — but Gallo averaged 16.1 points a game and has been a consistent presence for Denver.

Ty Lawson, the team’s point guard and leading scorer, also is out injured (torn plantar fascia) and he may not be back or not 100 percent for the playoffs. All of which takes Denver from a team that was feared to a team that may struggle to get out of the first round.

  1. philadelphiafan - Apr 5, 2013 at 5:37 PM

    Very unfortunate for Denver. Hopefully they can still make a run in the playoffs, they’re a good team for the NBA.

  2. LilTmac2003 - Apr 5, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    Wish him a speedy recovery!

    As a Bulls fan, I would never want for another player to go through an ACL injury. It’s beyond time consuming.

    Hoping Rose, RG3, and Mr. Gallinari the best.

  3. czechfan - Apr 5, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    Shumpert, Drose, Kevin Ware, Rubio, Tmac and now Gallinari (someone else?) and other players. Do you think, it is possible that Adidas has bad or “dangerous” shoes? Or it is just coincidence?

    • chrisco716 - Apr 5, 2013 at 7:35 PM

      No. Not Adidas’ fault. Basketball is just too dangerous. The President needs to ban it. Or at least do better background checks.

    • badintent - Apr 5, 2013 at 11:10 PM

      Yes ! But not just Adidas. The heavy but super sturdy Pumas I wore in the 70s and 80’s was great for protecting your ankles, knees and back(from the shock of hitting the pavement or concrete outdoor courts.The tissue like garabgeNike, Reebok , Adidas , etc make today is a joke. Even with orthotics, many players today in college and the pros are having knee injuries that Baby Boomer generation never had.

  4. dangernearing - Apr 5, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Huge loss. Hoping for a speedy recovery

  5. gmsingh - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:14 AM

    …and he’ll still be back before D. Rose!

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