Danilo Gallinari done for season after ACL surgery

1/21/14 in NBA   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

About a month before the start of the 2013-14 NBA season, reports suggested that Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari (knee) could be back in action by late November. While that timetable did seem a bit ambitious, it still appeared as if Gallinari's rehab was going well and that his return to the court would not be too far down the road. However, his recovery took an unfortunate turn, and Gallinari was forced to undergo season-ending ACL surgery on Tuesday.

Apr 4, 2013; Denver, CO, USA; Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari (8) during the first half against the Dallas Mavericks at the Pepsi Center.  The Nuggets won 95-94.  Mandatory Credit: Chris Humphreys-USA TODAY SportsGallinari suffered a knee injury in April that was originally diagnosed as a torn meniscus and ACL. He first underwent surgery for the meniscus, and planned to undergo ACL surgery at a later date. When his meniscus was repaired, doctors found that his ACL was only partially torn, and the hope was that he would be able to avoid surgery and return to the court sooner than expected. After the knee failed to respond to treatment as doctors had hoped, Gallinari underwent the knife once more.

It's a rough turn of events for the 25-year-old forward, but the Nuggets are optimistic that he will be ready for the 2014-15 season opener. The procedure was not quite the same as an ACL reconstruction, but was rather an arthroscopic procedure to "promote healing" in the knee.

Wilson Chandler will continue to start at small forward for the Nuggets while Gallinari is sidelined. Chandler is averaging 13.5 points, and 4.9 rebounds through 32 games this season. Jordan Hamilton and Quincy Miller will continue to get minutes off the bench. Gallinari was having a career year before getting hurt last season, averaging career highs in points (16.2) and rebounds (5.2) while posting his second-best career mark in assists (2.5). The Nuggets will be looking forward to his return.
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