Boston Celtics forward Danilo Gallinari suffered a left meniscus tear while playing for Italy in a FIBA World Cup qualifier on Saturday.
The Italian team did not provide a timeline for Gallinari’s recovery but said he would miss next month’s EuroBasket tournament.
Gallinari grabbed his knee after a bounce pass in lane while playing against Georgia in Brescia, Italy. He hobbled to the sideline, clutching the back of his knee as the coaches rushed to his aid, before limping into the dressing room with the help of a staff member and a teammate.
“It’s difficult to talk about basketball after what we saw with Danilo,” said Italy captain Luigi Datome after the team’s 91-84 win. “Of course we wish him all the best.”
Gallinari, 34, signed with the Celtics via the midlevel exception on July 12 and was counted for deep as Boston seeks to return to the NBA Finals.
A first-round draft pick for the New York Knicks in 2008, Gallinari has averaged 15.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game during his career while also playing for the Denver Nuggets, LA Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Atlanta Hawks.
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