After he signed a great contract with the Los Angeles Clippers, everyone expects from Gallinari that he will prepare and be ready for the NBA season, but during the Eurobasket game he punched an opponent in the face and fractured his hand.
According to Eurohoops:
They usually call exhibition games as “Friendly matches”. But things between Italy and Netherlands didn’t really evolve in such a manner At all.
When Jito Kok of the Dutch national team tried to push back Danilo Gallinari rather aggressively in order to get a better positioning for a rebound, the LA Clippers forward reacted by absolutely going rampant on him and even taking a full swing.
As reported by Sky Sports Italy, Gallinari’s punch was so hard that left the game and went to the hospital to check his hand.
UPDATE: As the Italian Federation announced, Gallinari suffered a right hand fractured. The estimated time of recovery is 40 days and he’s ruled out of the EuroBasket.
Yeah, it was a cheap shot from Jito Kok, but Gallinari is an NBA star and he should stay focused on the court.
The funniest thing is that Blake Griffin also had an incident with a team equipment manager, and he and Galo will be the best 1-2 punch in the league.