McGee might be out for the rest of the season: Gilas might miss him out in the FIBA World Cup if naturalization pushes through

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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

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

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 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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