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JaVale McGee has surgery on stress fracture in left leg, done for season

Feb 20, 2014, 5:41 PM EDT

JaVale McGee AP

JaVale McGee hasn’t played since the sixth game of the NBA season due to a stress fracture in his left leg and it has showed on the defensive end for Denver — opposing centers are shooting 50.6 percent against the Nuggets and teams are averaging 45.2 points a game in the paint against them, 26th in the NBA. J.J. Hickson plays big minutes but is undersized, and the combination of Timofey Mozgov and Kenneth Farried will only do so much.

Now the Nuggets are not going to have go without McGee the rest of the way. Denver formally announced Thursday that McGee would have surgery to repair the fracture that was not otherwise healed properly. He is out for the rest of the season.

“While it’s disappointing that we won’t have JaVale back on the court this season, we’re happy that he can move forward in his recovery,” Nuggets GM Tim Connelly said in a released statement.

While no timeline was given, he is expected to be back for the start of next season.

The basketball gods have plagued the Nuggets with injuries this season — Danilo Gallinari is out for the season after a second knee surgery, they lost Nate Robinson for the year and now they will not see McGee again.

  1. ProBasketballPundit - Feb 20, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    Will Shaqtin’ A Fool be able to recover from this?

  2. tonydelk - Feb 20, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Only 6 games this year for Javale McGee to be Javale McGee. The most unpredictable guy in the NBA was supposed to run with Nate Robinson (the 2nd most unpredictable guy in the NBA) this season for what would have been YouTube gold on and off the court. RIP Fun Nuggets

    • muhangis - Feb 21, 2014 at 7:18 AM

      Are you the real Tony Delk? By that, I mean the Tony Delk picked #16 in the ’96 draft, journeying throughout the NBA for 11 years… that Delk ?!

  3. seattlesuperchronic - Feb 20, 2014 at 6:04 PM

    I don’t want to live in a world without McGee playing basketball! I love that guy, I know people think he can be frustrating, but I’ve always liked the dude.

  4. shanelsweet - Feb 20, 2014 at 7:24 PM

    That Nene for McGee trade is looking like a steal for the Wizards now. He cost more, but he’s played a lot more too, and a whole lot better than McGee ever played.

  5. muhangis - Feb 21, 2014 at 7:22 AM

    McGee is the better player when healthy. Nene has had his injury issues in the NBA too, previously. Don’t just look at the here and now. McGee will be back strong next season, and season after!

    • asdf1981 - Feb 21, 2014 at 6:16 PM

      Um, false. Nene is much more skilled, better passer and low-post game. He also is a better on-the-ball defender. Of course, JaVale is more athletic and can be a stud (see the two games in the Lakers series). But those are far and few between.

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