The road of rehab just got longer for one Danilo Gallinari. Just nine months after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, Gallo will officially miss the entire 2013-14 season after having reconstructive surgery today. The Nuggets forward is expected to return early on in the 2014-15 season.
After having the knee injury happen on a drive in an April 4 game at home 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 that performed the surgery that the ACL could be strengthened to play again without the traditional procedure, but that never worked out.
It was later determined full reconstructive surgery was needed. Gallinari was originally expected to be able to return to the Nuggets at some point during this current NBA season, but alas he will be on the mend. The Nuggets could use his scoring ability as well as his ability to space the floor (career 36.9 percent shooter from deep) of a team that currently is 15th in the league in three-point percentage.
[via Yahoo! Sports]