INDEFINITE ABSENCE. Denver Nuggets player Aaron Gordon will undergo an indefinite absence for recovery after a family dog bit him on Christmas Day, requiring 21 stitches due to lacerations on his face and right hand. DENVER NUGGETS PHOTO
Denver Nuggets forward Aaron Gordon faced an unexpected setback during the holiday season, requiring 21 stitches due to lacerations on his face and right hand resulting from a dog bite on Christmas Day, as per a source familiar with the situation.
The details of the incident have not been officially disclosed.
The Nuggets later confirmed in a statement that Gordon is in good condition but will be away from the team indefinitely to focus on recovery.
Gordon, a pivotal player for the defending NBA champions, has been contributing an average of 13.6 points and 6.9 rebounds this season. His recent performance included a solid showing with 16 points and 10 rebounds in a 120-114 win over the Golden State Warriors on Christmas.
Nuggets coach Michael Malone provided an update on Gordon, acknowledging the traumatic nature of the experience. Malone conveyed the team’s support for Gordon and encouraged him to take as much time as needed for recovery.
Malone said they have Gordon’s back as they are a family, saying that they love him and they are there for him.
Gordon, who plays with his right hand, will not be rushed back to the court as healing, both physically and mentally, is prioritized.
Malone said they wanted Gordon to heal inside and out, considering the gravity of what he went through.
The Nuggets, off to a solid 22-10 start in their quest to repeat as champions, understand the importance of Gordon’s well-being beyond basketball.
Teammate Kentavious Caldwell-Pope expressed his intention to support Gordon during this challenging time, highlighting Gordon’s positive influence on the team.
Caldwell Pope said Gordon uplifts everybody when he’s around them, and that they’ve got to do the same for him.
Gordon had previously missed five games earlier in the season due to a strained right heel. The Nuggets have demonstrated resilience in the face of various player absences, with other team members stepping up to fill crucial roles.
Malone acknowledged the team’s depth and the ability of players to seize opportunities as they are stepping up.
As Gordon focuses on recovery, the Nuggets extend their support, recognizing the importance of prioritizing the well-being of their players beyond the basketball court.