Los Angeles Clippers forward Danilo Gallinari punches opponent, injures thumb

Former Denver Nuggets forward Danilo Gallinari just signed a three-year, $65 million deal with the L.A. Clippers, but he's already dealing with an injury. Gallinari immediately retaliated and punched Kok in the face, fracturing his right hand, the Italian Federation announced.

The incident happened when the two players were lined up for a free throw. Once Kok took a bit of a swing in return, Gallinari fired off a strong punch at the Dutch forward's face. "Estimated times to recover 40 days". Gallinari will be sidelined for the Eurobasket tournament, however.

A fractured first metacarpal is a far less extreme injury that should only take around three to four weeks to heal instead of months.

Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN repoerts Gallinari suffered a right thumb injury and no surgery is required.

The Clippers' new big man might have injured his hand in the process. The broken hand is a little ironic, since Clippers teammate Blake Griffin missed time last season for punching a team trainer.

  • Jon Douglas