DailyNews Former Knicks forward Danilo Gallinari will miss the EuroBasket tournament after breaking a bone in his hand while playing for Italy. Video showed Gallinari, who was acquired by the Clippers in a sign-and-trade with the Hawks and Nuggets, throwing a punch and striking an opponent in the head Sunday as the Italians played an exhibition game against the Netherlands for the upcoming tournament. The Italian federation wrote on Twitter that Gallinari fractured the first metacarpal on his right hand and that the estimated recovery time was 40 days. That should have the forward back in time for his first training camp with the Clippers, who acquired him from Denver in a three-way trade that included Atlanta.
Danilo Gallinari is going to fit in perfectly on the Los Angeles Clippers. During the 2015-2016 season, Clippers superstar Blake Griffin missed significant time, after breaking his hand punching team equipment manager Matias Testi on a road trip. This summer the Clippers acquired Danilo Gallinari, and he quickly made the same mistake, breaking his hand punching an opponent during a EuroLeague “friendly” in Italy. If you are a professional athlete who is reading this blog, throw open handed slaps during your next altercation and not punches, you are far less likely to break your hand and getting hit with an open handed slap is far more embarrassing to your opponent.