Gallinari, who confirmed the diagnosis via Twitter this morning following an MRI, sustained the knee injury Saturday night during the fourth quarter of Italy's FIBA World Cup qualifier against Georgia.
Danilo Gallinari has suffered a meniscus tear in his left knee, the Italian national team announces. No ACL or ligament damage, the team says, which is best case for the Celtics forward following the non-contact injury on Saturday. https://t.co/NG8mS7O6pB— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 28, 2022
Initially Italy's head coach Gianmarco Pozzecco feared the injury was a torn left ACL after Gallinari's knee (surgically repaired) buckled while driving to the basket, but Sunday's MRI ruled that out when it revealed that there was no ligament damage. The veteran forward previously suffered a torn ACL in the same left knee just before the 2012-13 NBA playoffs while playing for the Denver Nuggets, which forced him to miss the entire 2013-14 season.
"I hope and I pray that nothing bad will come out. It was... it is an honor coaching him. I saw pain in his eyes," Pozzecco said following Italy's 91-84 win over Georgia.
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