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Danilo Gallinari was due to undergo surgery after sustaining a serious knee injury that forced him to miss the entire season. The striker, meanwhile, has successfully undergone the procedure and is out for share his experience. He also expects a quick recovery. The guard is expected to return soon, and if all goes well, he might be back sooner than expected.
On August 27, the 34-year-old picked up the injury while representing and playing for his country Italy in a FIBA World Cup qualifier against Georgia. Gallinari would have had a much better chance of returning for the 2022-23 season had the initial diagnosis been a torn meniscus. Unfortunately, the physiotherapist has confirmed that he has a torn ACL in his left knee and will be out for a long time after a successful operation yesterday.
– DANILO GALLINARI (@gallinari8888) September 23, 2022
“Yesterday I successfully underwent ACL surgery. Now the focus is on my rehabilitation and getting back to the game I love,” Gallinari wrote. “I would like to thank the Celtics organization and the medical staff at New England Baptist Hospital. I would also like to thank Dr Antonio Orgiani and Dr Rodolfo Rocchi for the support they gave me in Italy before the operation. And of course thank you to all my fans for their continued support and best wishes. See you on the court.
The last time Gallinari tore his ACL was in April rather than August, and he missed the entire 2013-14 season. Last season, Gallinari appeared in 66 games for the Hawks, scoring 11.7 points and providing 4.7 assists in 25.3 minutes per game. In July, the Celtics agreed to a two-year, $13 million deal with the veteran. The franchise has not yet given a return date for the striker.
After losing to the Golden State Warriors in the NBA Finals, the Boston Celtics hoped the additions of Danilo Gallinari and Malcolm Brogdon would help them improve their rotation. Gallinari said in July that playing the past two seasons in Atlanta as a reserve helped transition him to a phase in his career where he was at the center of an offense.