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Report: JaVale McGee nowhere near return, could be out rest of season

Feb 6, 2014, 12:38 PM EDT

JaVale McGee AP

The Denver Nuggets have struggled up front this season — opposing centers are shooting 50.6 percent against the Nuggets and teams are averaging 44.9 points a game in the paint against them, 25th in the NBA.

A big part of the reason for that is JaVale McGee has only played five games for them this season due to a stress fracture in his left leg.

That fracture could keep McGee sidelined the rest of the season, reports Adrian Wojnaroski of Yahoo Sports.

McGee, 26, has been seeking further medical consultation on the injury, which hasn’t been able to heal properly this season, league sources said.

A final decision on his status could come in the next several days.

That sucks.

Denver has had terrible injury luck this season — Danilo Gallinari is out for the season after a second knee surgery, they lost Nate Robinson for the year and they really haven’t had McGee.

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The Nuggets have run their way to a 24-23 record, but in the West that makes them the 10 seed 3.5 games out of the playoffs. Up front J.J. Hickson, Anthony Randolph, Kenneth Faried and Timofey Mozgov have filled in but none of them are as big nor are they the dynamic athlete that McGee is.

McGee isn’t going anywhere, he is owed more than $23 million over the two seasons after this. Hopefully the Nuggets will be able to get him on the court next season.

  1. abchome - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Oh no! Shaqtin A Fool just isn’t the same without McGee…

  2. maximusprime107 - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    We really need a Center. Mozgov is the softest 7 footer I’ve ever seen, and Hickson is playing out of position, he’s too small against most Centers

    • broncobeta - Feb 6, 2014 at 1:58 PM

      McGee isn’t the answer, at all.

      • hdsnake867 - Feb 6, 2014 at 7:13 PM

        The Nuggets are better off without him. McGee is a joke. The biggest loser in this whole affair is Shaqtin A Fool.

    • cowboysfaninbuffalove - Feb 6, 2014 at 2:31 PM

      Mozgov is soft??? He is developing a great old school big man game and is also averaging almost 2 blocks a game…He comes in and gives tough defense and his offensive game is great to watch. Unless you don’t understand what you’re watching….like you

    • asdf1981 - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:48 AM

      Mozgov soft? Have you watched a game this season? Dude has been the only bright spot this season.

  3. bhunter1995 - Feb 6, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    This might work out better for them in the long term, they can get a good pick in a deep draft class, next year they get Gal and McGee back, they can get to a fifth or sixth seed if they can find an identity, I still don’t understand the firing of George Karl, he is easily a top 5 coach in the league.

  4. tomtravis76 - Feb 6, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    TC is going to be shopping faried to build for the upcoming seasons. Nice try in year one, but you can’t judge him nor Shaw on guys not being healthy.

    • asdf1981 - Feb 7, 2014 at 2:22 AM

      We should be patient with Connelly, he helped put together two winning franchises in New Orleans and Washington.

  5. muhangis - Feb 6, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    Denver has two of the most underrated big guys in the league, Javale McGee and Anthony Randolph. (Look at their career per 36 mins statistics, and their still young age) but neither one of them see the court much under their new head coach. Shame!

    • asdf1981 - Feb 7, 2014 at 12:47 AM

      Underrated my a**! JaVale McGee can’t box out, has no offensive game and commits stupid mistakes. But of course if you are basing your opinion on ‘pretend’ stats that’s fine, maybe watch a game or two. BTW, JaVale was the Nuggets starting Center for the first five games before going out with an injury so don’t blame Shaw for not playing him.

      And Randolph sucks, he sucked with Golden State. He sucked with New York, Minnesota and all of the other teams that gave him a chance and realizing that he lacks heart.

    • casualcommenter - Feb 7, 2014 at 9:49 AM

      Yeah, it’s a real shame how David Shaw refuses to play Javale McGee just because McGee has a stress fracture in his leg that won’t heal and isn’t medically cleared to play. Shame! /sarcasm

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