McGee might be out for the rest of the season: Gilas might miss him out in the FIBA World Cup if naturalization pushes through
Smart Gilas plans to naturalize Nuggets' center Javale McGee might take a blow as the lanky 7 footer might be out for the remainder of the NBA season.
This was revealed by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports on McGee's status.
McGee could miss the rest of the season because of a stress fracture in his left leg, league sources told Yahoo Sports.
McGee, 26, has been seeking further medical consultation on the injury, which hasn't been able to heal properly this season, league sources said.
A final decision on his status could come in the next several days.
McGee, who has been out since early November with a stress fracture in his left tibia, has recently begun some lower body activity, getting some limited work in on an elliptical machine
“It doesn’t put any pain on my shin because my foot is never leaving the platform,” McGee said. “That’s the only thing I can do. I can’t ride the bike or treadmill.
McGee said he’s encouraged by this step, “being able to get a sweat anaerobically” which has coincided with good returns from x-rays done on his tibia, but was quick to make it known that it remains very early in the process.
“It’s definitely an early step,” McGee said. “I’m just staying positive and trying to stay in shape and get stronger.
According to Dempsey, there is still no timetable for his return.
Aaron J. Lopez of Nuggets.com provides a statement from McGee's teammate, Randy Foye:
“You could kind of tell that something was wrong,” Foye said. “He was getting killed for certain things, like not completely contesting (shots), letting people push him. Now you know the reason why. You can’t replace someone that athletic and that explosive. It’s amazing what he was doing on one leg.”
Lopez followed with a statement from coach Brian Shaw:
“It’s unfortunate, but injuries are part of the game,” coach Brian Shaw said.
“We wish him well and hope that he heals correctly and we can hold the fort down until he comes back. Everybody moves up one in the rotation. We just have to make the most of it.”
McGee had started all five games for the Nuggets during their frustrating 1-4 start to the season. Despite his spot in the starting lineup, he was only playing 16 minutes per contest, mostly because of his ineffectiveness in the early going.
The center was averaging just seven points and three rebounds per game while shooting under 44 percent from the field. Whether the leg injury was playing a major role in his inability to compete at his usual level is unclear.
While he's sidelined, backup center Timofey Mozgov has seen an expanded role. He was already splitting time with McGee and posted similar numbers aside from his shooting percentage, which checks in at nearly 58 percent, a more acceptable number for a big man.
And if McGee won't be able to return this season, it is most likely that he won't suit up for Gilas Pilipinas in the upcoming 2014 FIBA World Cup in Spain if his naturalization pushes through.
It was earlier disclosed that the Philippine National team is planning to naturalize McGee and Nets' back-up center Andray Blatche.
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