It’s official, Denver Nuggets center JaVale McGee will not see an NBA court again this season.
McGee underwent surgery earlier today to repair a stress fracture in his left tibia that has kept him out of all but five games this season. The season-ending surgery was announced by Nuggets General Manager/Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations Tim Connelly.
“While it’s disappointing that we won’t have JaVale back on the court this season, we’re happy that he can move forward in his recovery,” Connelly said.
It’s unfortunate for McGee, who was finally in line to be a starting center in the league this year for the Nuggets. He spent the offseason working with Hakeen Olajuwon on his footwork and low-post moves to add some offense to his excellent shot-blocking ability.
The procedure was performed in West Palm Beach, Fla., by orthopedic surgeon Dr. Dror Paley.
McGee averaged 7.0 points and 3.4 rebounds in five appearances this season. In six seasons with the Nuggets and Washington Wizards, he has averaged 8.7 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocked shots.