JaVale McGee C DEN 22 Days
McGee (leg) may not be ready for the season opener, the Denver Post's Chris Dempsey reports.
Of the injured Nuggets (Danilo Gallinari, Nate Robinson, J.J. Hickson), coach Brian Shaw said that McGee is the furthest away from returning to the court. There was a report earlier in the week that McGee would attempt to play in Friday's preseason game, but that is starting to look unlikely. With a Hickson, Timofey Mozgov and Darrell Arthur (all of whom might be better players than McGee) also in the hunt for minutes at center, McGee's lack of health makes him a risky fantasy proposition on draft day this year.
JaVale McGee C DEN 23 Days
McGee (leg) won't play in the Nuggets' preseason game Wednesday, but he is expected to play in the team's third exhibition Friday in Phoenix, the Denver Post's Chris Dempsey reports.
This would be his first action of the preseason and it will be interesting to see how he looks, and how careful the Nuggets are with his minutes. There's upside here, but there's too much risk in terms of health and playing time to value McGee highly on draft day.
JaVale McGee C DEN 24 Days
McGee (leg) will not play in the Nuggets' preseason opener Monday against the Lakers, Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post reports.
While the big man has been cleared for full contact, the team will bring him along slowly as he recovers from a stress fracture in his left tibia. McGee, who is competing with Timofey Mozgov for the starting job, was limited to just five games last season.
JaVale McGee C DEN 1 Month
McGee (leg) is fully ready to play as training camp begins, the Denver Post reports. "I'm real excited to play," McGee said. "I only played four or five games last season. It's a blessing to be back."
McGee missed all but five games last season due to a stress fracture in his left tibia. He had a rod inserted inserted into the leg, which should help prevent another fracture from developing. McGee also bulked up this season and reported to camp at 265 pounds, by far the heaviest playing weight of his career.
JaVale McGee C DEN 5 Months
General manager Tim Connelly said JaVale McGee will be back on the court "any day."
"He's got to show us what he can do, and certainly he's a huge part of what we hope to be next year because he brings a defensive component that we struggled with at times last year," Connelly said. McGee said to Connelly that he felt like he let the team down after playing in just five games in 2013-14. He's disappointed a few times, so he's not going to be a hot property in drafts next year.
JaVale McGee C DEN 7 Months
Nuggets coach Brian Shaw admitted on Saturday that JaVale McGee will have to battle Timofey Mozgov for the starting position next season.
"I told JaVale even before he had season-ending surgery, 'Timo's coming for you. It's not a given that anything is going to be handed to you when you come back.' " Shaw said. McGee was a wild disappointment this year, only making it through five games averaging 7.0 points, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.6 blocks. However, Mozgov put together a very impressive run to end his 2013-14 campaign, as he's averaged 17.4 points and 9.6 rebounds over the last seven games. With how often McGee finds himself "Shaqtin' a fool," it would be far from surprising to see Mozgov overtake McGee for the starting gig. But for now, this is just something to file away for next year's draft.
JaVale McGee C DEN 8 Months
JaVale McGee had season-ending surgery Thursday to repair the stress fracture in his left tibia.
With George Karl out of the way, McGee was fully expected to finally break out this season. It didn't come close to happening. Clearly bothered by his injury early on, he averaged just 7.0 points, 3.4 rebounds and 1.4 blocks through the first five games. Then he shut it down in hopes his leg would heal and he could come back healthy, but it didn't work out. Now McGee goes under the knife in the hopes of being fully healthy for 2014-15 training camp. He's still just 26 years old, but is running out of time to realize his potential as an athletic rim protector.
JaVale McGee C DEN 9 Months
The Nuggets are expected to decide by March 1 whether JaVale McGee will require surgery to repair the stress fracture in his tibia.
McGee has made "little progress" by resting for months and the idea of season-ending surgery to get him ready for training camp has gained steam. Even if he avoids surgery there are no guarantees that JaVale will play again this season, and this update solidifies the value of starting center J.J. Hickson and backup Timofey Mozgov.
JaVale McGee C DEN 9 Months
JaVale McGee (stress fracture in tibia) could miss the rest of the season.
This doesn't come as a huge surprised since McGee had been without a return timetable for months, but this latest report could add some finality to McGee's 2013-14 situation. While a finale decision won't be made for another few days, owners stashing McGee in hopes of a late-season return may have a free roster spot within the near future.
JaVale McGee C DEN 9 Months
JaVale McGee (stress fracture in tibia) has begun doing limited work on an elliptical machine.
McGee can't run on a treadmill or even ride a bike yet, and he emphasized that this is an "early step" in his rehab process, even though he's already been out since early November. "[The elliptical machine] 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." This isn't a very encouraging update for his rest-of-season outlook, but it's nice to at least have some information about his rehab.