World Champ Out Indefinitely Due To Gruesome Injuries Off The Court

It’s not your everyday NBA injury. Denver Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon will be out indefinitely after a serious incident in which he was attacked by a dog, suffering significant bites to his face and hand. 

According to Shams Charania, the attack took place on Christmas Day, and the serious lacerations to his face and shooting right hand required 21 stitches, sources say. He is currently away from the team, with no timetable for return at this point.

Head coach Michael Malone says Gordon should take all the time he needs to recover, both physically and mentally. “We’re not going to put any pressure on him. We need him to heal inside and out… Going through something like that is not something you come back from easily.”

Nuggets players found out about the nightmarish scenario when they arrived at practice on Wednesday, and many have reached out to Gordon to try to pick up his spirits.

The power forward is one of the most important players on the team that made a championship run last season. This year, the 28 year old is averaging 13.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.4 assists, while shooting over 52% from the field. 

The Nuggets (22-10) are currently second in the Western Conference standings behind the Minnesota Timberwolves (22-7).

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