DENVER, April 5, 2013 – An MRI exam today revealed that Denver Nuggets F Danilo Gallinari suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee during Thursday night’s game against the Dallas Mavericks.
The MRI showed no signs of other ligament or meniscus damage. He will miss the remainder of the 2012-13 season.
Gallinari, 24, averaged 16.2 points, 5.2 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 71 games this season.
“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. “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.”
Surgery will be scheduled at a later date, and a prognosis for a full recovery is excellent.
This is terrible news for the Nuggets. Sorry Nuggets fans.
couldnt of happened at a worse time than this. iggy really needs to step it up now and especially in the playoffs. on a side note, has anyone seen what andre miller is doing at what...37? hes taking guys 10+ years younger than him and hes doing it easily. i watched him blow by mayo and collison sso many times last night its incredible. hes prob one of the most underrated players in the past decade.
Thank you for that I totally agree with you on Miller! After he left Philly I thought we had seen his career but he is playing fantastic and has mastered his physical and athletic abilities.
He is the reason why I think athletic abilities and what we think today what this is (jumping, straight line speed) is so overrated today. We all say prospects with limited gifts in this areas have no chance to be successful what is nonsense. How many elite athletes are struggeling year in and out to develope skills only relying on speed or bounce like DeRozan for example. I have no doubt that he will have a decent career but basketball IQ, leadership and the knowledge of beeing limited physically while maximizing the talent is what impresses me most.
The situation in Denver is helping too because he he is the perfect yang to the athletic freaks like MacGee, Iggy, Faried, and even Brewer and Lawson.
I don't agree with you on Iggy as the one who has to lift his game on the offensive end. He will fail imo if he tries to be a 20 ppg player as he did in Philly. He can raise his scoring by 3 or 4 points without taking much more shots and beeing less effective but he just isn't the scorer we thought he could be a couple of years back.
Wilson Chandler and Brewer should split the big minutes at the 3 depending on the matchup. Even Faried or Iggy will play at the wing if this matchup is needed but I see Chandler as the one who needs to fill the scoring needs. Time will tell if Chandler is able to stretch the floor as good as Gallo did this over the past two years.
However the loss of Danilo really makes me sad cause I thought this team can run with any team in the west and is really difficult to to predict which was their biggest advantage this season. I hope Gallo will be fine after this!!
I'm so sad. Nuggets could have made the finals.