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JaVale McGee diagnosed with stress fracture in left leg, out indefinitely

Nov 10, 2013, 3:35 PM EST

The Nuggets have struggled their way to a 1-4 start to the season, and things just got worse with the loss of one of the team’s starting big men.

McGee logged just over 12 minutes during Denver’s loss in Phoenix on Friday, after which head coach Brian Shaw let his frustration be known with what he called a lack of energy from some of his core players.

After coming off the bench for all 79 of his appearances last year, McGee has started all five games this season. He’s averaging 7.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocked shots in just 15.8 minutes per game.

Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post reports that Shaw says he will decide Monday whether he starts Timofey Mozgov or J.J. Hickson in McGee’s place.

  1. jcmeyer10 - Nov 10, 2013 at 3:53 PM

    Meanwhile George Karl gets to say ‘I Told You So’ without having to say a word.

  2. football58 - Nov 10, 2013 at 5:55 PM

    Meanwhile George Karl doesn’t coach anymore due to lack of ability to get out of the first round.

    • redbaronx - Nov 10, 2013 at 10:56 PM

      @football58 –

      1) George Karl took the Sonics to the Finals
      2) Denver has been past the first round
      3) There are only a handful of coaches that have Karl’s record in NBA history
      4) Aren’t their other coaches you’d like to crap on that haven’t won ANYTHING in their coaching careers?

      • football58 - Nov 11, 2013 at 2:47 PM

        The Nuggets beat George Karl’s Sonics in the first round, how is that for irony and further proving my point. GK led the Nuggets out of the first round once during the Karl era, that’s not quite getting it done. All the wins are meaningless unless you can deliver in crunch time. Karl has proven time and time again, he can’t, that is why the Nuggets and every other team in the NBA are steering clear of him

      • redbaronx - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:39 PM

        Way to “Prove your point” by ignoring my points which are WAY better than yours.

        1) You can’t ignore the fact Karl had been to the Finals which is WAY past the first round.
        2) Even if he led them only once past the first round….. 1 > 0.
        3) You can talk all you want about “crunch time” but how many coaches even get into the position to be a winning team that goes to the playoffs? Why not look at the fact that nearly every team he helmed, (including the Bucks!) routinely made the playoffs?

        You need to put this into perspective.

      • football58 - Nov 11, 2013 at 4:18 PM

        Karl did not take the NUGGETS to the finals. GET A Clue! As for your points are WAY better than mine? How old are you, 5? If one and done gets it done for you then so be it. You ignored the fact that NO OTHER TEAM WANTS TO EMPLOY KARL TO BE THEIR COACH. That says everything without saying anything.

      • redbaronx - Nov 12, 2013 at 12:52 PM

        football58 –

        I didn’t say he took the Nuggets to the finals. I said the SONICS. If it makes you feel better to criticize a Hall of Fame coach, congratulations! Whatever makes you feel better.

  3. 00maltliquor - Nov 10, 2013 at 6:02 PM

    This has been a weird season so far, with bad teams doing good and good teams doing bad. For the most part though most teams are pretty much even plus or minus a game or two. So there’s your pairity for all those pairity cry babies out there. The Nuggs have been pretty bad though. Funny to see JaVale not start last year, then DEN lets COY Karl walk in favor of someone who would start multimillonaire McGee. Now that he starts, he ironically plays even less. Okaaayyy…

    • redbaronx - Nov 10, 2013 at 11:05 PM

      @00maltliquor – DC fans could tell everyone else how seeing JaVale’s dunk/block highlights on Sportscenter only tells a fraction of the story. He gives the ball back on offense, can’t play defense other than to block, and makes some real boneheaded decisions. There’s a reason Karl had him glued to the bench!

  4. phaden27 - Nov 10, 2013 at 6:06 PM

    Tragic Bronson!

    • abchome - Nov 11, 2013 at 1:05 AM

      Shaqtin-a-fool won’t be the same without McGeeee!

  5. eugenesaxe1 - Nov 10, 2013 at 8:41 PM

    At least now he has an excuse for not trying to become a better player. And if a lack of hustle’s the problem, JJs the answer. Just don’t ask him to play D.

  6. benjamintko - Nov 11, 2013 at 3:54 PM

    Shaqtin-a-fool? What is Shaq to do now?

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