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Report: Nuggets’ Gallinari has ACL surgery, done for season

Jan 21, 2014, 3:42 PM EST

Denver Nuggets forward Gallinari reacts after making a shot during the second half of their NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Salt Lake City Reuters

The cavalry — in the form of one of the better shooting power forwards in the game — will not be riding over the hill to save the Denver Nuggets this season.

Danillo Gallinari is out for the season.

Not that he has played so far this season, but his return was expected. Gallinari has been out since a knee injury last April and has been vague recently about his return to the NBA this season, he’s just been rehabbing in Italy. Now we know why he has been vague, thanks to a report from Adrian Wojnarowki of Yahoo Sports.

Shortly after suffering the knee injury in an April 4 game against the Dallas Mavericks, Gallinari had surgery to repair a torn meniscus but the ACL reconstruction was delayed. There had been a belief on the doctor’s part that the ACL could be strengthened to play again without the traditional procedure, but that never happened, sources said.

I’m not in a position to question medical experts on this, but I will say I don’t remember seeing a second knee surgery quite like this before.

Gallinari should be back early next season, according to the report.

Late last season, just as Denver was becoming a lot of people’s “you don’t want them in the first round” pick, Gallinari blew out his knee and had surgery that has kept him out since. He had averaged 16.3 points a game and his stretch four skills fit well in what George Karl wanted to do. Since that time, Denver’s front office and roster have been overhauled.

I guess next season we’ll see how Gallinari fits in what Brian Shaw wants to do.

  1. timberwolvesbrisin - Jan 21, 2014 at 3:51 PM

    Knicks got ripped off in the Melo trade…

    • cruzan80 - Jan 22, 2014 at 7:58 AM

      Did they really……?

      Wilson Chandler’s best season is still as a Knick back 2011 when he averaged 16.4 PPG, 5.9 REB .461 FG % vs 13.5 PPG, 4.9 REB & .411 FG % in Denver. Anthony Randolph & Timothy Mozgov have both been buried on the bench…..Mozgov only this season actually getting some playing time due in part to Mcgee’s injury. Danillo Galinari has been hurt since his last season as a Knick & Raymond Felton, who was the best player the Knicks traded away returned to the team 1 year later.

      The Knicks got two star players. Carmelo Anthony & Tyson Chandler (they were able to sign Chandler only because they were able to amnesty Chauncey Billups). Neither team is flourishing since the trade in my opinion but at least the Knicks were actually a contender as recent as last season. As bad as they look this season…with Melo & Chandler…they’re still just a trade or two away from being a contender again.

      The Nuggets are probably gonna go into this year’s draft hoping to find another star player to replace Melo.

      • asimonetti88 - Jan 22, 2014 at 12:56 PM

        Still don’t understand why they amnestied Billups instead of Stoudemire.

  2. asimonetti88 - Jan 21, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Waiting for the same comments about him being mentally weak that everyone seems to have about Rose.

    • coachjac30 - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:57 PM

      Not even remotely the same thing. Rose was cleared to play for months and chose not to, Gallinari has yet to be cleared, and now requires a second surgery on the knee. Not that I am knocking Rose, I am sure its in the back of your mind after suffering an injury like this

      • denverhoopdreams - Jan 21, 2014 at 9:32 PM

        This is definitely the more logical post here.

    • bigmeechy74 - Jan 22, 2014 at 9:18 AM

      You won’t hear any of it because everyone here is racist!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. aboogy123456 - Jan 21, 2014 at 4:07 PM

    nuggets are in a great position next year with their pick, the knicks pick, and gallo hopefully coming back to full strength.

  4. shanelsweet - Jan 21, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    I’m sorry, but every time I see a Nuggets post I think about Nene for McGee, and I laugh hahahaha. Good luck winning with him as your starter once he’s healthy again.

  5. sf49ers4 - Jan 21, 2014 at 7:28 PM

    What doctor did he go to? The ACL doesn’t get enough blood flow to heal on its own like the MCL. Where were the Nuggets docs when he had this great idea?

  6. abchome - Jan 22, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    It’s sad. Just wonder how it took nine months for them to decide whether a surgery on ACL is required.

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