Danilo Gallinari suffered a torn left meniscus while playing for Italy in a FIBA World Cup qualifying game Saturday.
The Boston Celtics forward immediately grabbed his knee after a bounce pass in the lane while playing against Georgia in Brescia, Italy. He made his way over to the sideline as he held the back of his knee. Trainers rushed into his aid and eventually helped him to the locker room.
This is a tough break for the 34-year-old who signed with the Celtics on July 12 via the midlevel exception and was counted on for depth as Boston looks to return to the NBA Finals.
“It’s tough to talk about basketball after what what we saw happen to Danilo,” Italy captain Luigi Datome said after the team’s 91-84 win. “We wish him, of course, the best.”
Gallinari has averaged 15.6 points and 4.7 rebounds per game in his career while also playing for the Denver Nuggets, LA Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder, and Atlanta Hawks.