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Injuries are the worst thing that can happen to a professional athlete, and it can even mean the end of your career. If you can get through your entire career without a serious injury, you can count yourself lucky. These players definitely don’t belong to those lucky few and had to deal with some serious injuries in their (short) professional career.

Danilo Gallinari

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Gallinari has been in the NBA since 2008, but he has only managed to play more than 65 games in a season twice. Some of the injuries that plagued him were just bad luck, while others have been totally his own fault. His nickname isn’t ‘The Rooster’ for nothing.

After playing a single NBA game for the New York Knicks, Gallinari had to miss more than 50 games because of a back injury. His next big injury came in 2013, when he tore his ACL and had to miss the entire 2013-2014 season. Since then, Gallinari has had several ankle injuries, a glute injury, and broke his hand after punching a player during a friendly international game.

Derrick Rose

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Rose had a great start to his career, and everything looked up for him after he won the 2011 MVP award. But, unfortunately for him, it wasn’t meant to be. Only a year later, Rose tore his ACL (left knee) in the playoffs, which caused him to miss the entire 2012-2013 season. This would be the start of Rose’s injury filled career.

His next season started out fine, but after only 10 games, he tore the meniscus in his right knee, and was, again, out for the entire season. In 2014-2015, history repeated itself, and Rose tore his meniscus once again. The injuries continued to plague him throughout the years, and Rose could never come close to his 2011 MVP level, up until the point that he questioned whether it made any sense to continue playing. Luckily, he still enjoyed the game and signed with the Timberwolves over the course of the summer. There, he has already showed some flashes of his old self, and the season is still young.

Joel Embiid

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Of course, most of the 76ers recent draft picks could’ve made this list, but Embiid might be the unluckiest. He was drafted back in 2014, but only managed to make his debut in 2016.

Embiid had a broken navicular bone in his right foot, and got surgery on it a couple of days before the 2014 draft. At first, he would only miss the following season, but after a big setback, Embiid was forced to miss the 2015-2016 season as well. Finally, on October 26 2016, he played his first minutes in the NBA, but they did keep him on a minute restriction. His bad luck wasn’t over, as Embiid had a tear in his meniscus late in the same season, as well as a bone bruise, and he had to sit out the remaining games.

He made it through the 20172-2018 season relatively unharmed, except for an orbital fracture of his left eye, after a collision with teammate Markelle Fultz. He only missed two weeks of action, and two playoff games because of it.

Jabari Parker

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Parker tore his ACL within two months of his debut with the Milwaukee Bucks, which meant his season ended there. Things went well for him for one season, but then Parker tore the same ACL again. This time, it was expected his recovery would take about 12 months, and Parker managed to make his return seven days before that time was up.

Photo: USA TODAY Sports

Injuries are the worst thing that can happen to a professional athlete, and it can even mean the end of your career. If you can get through your entire career without a serious injury, you can count yourself lucky. These players definitely don’t belong to those lucky few and had to deal with some serious injuries in their (short) professional career.

Danilo Gallinari

Photo: Bill Streicher – USA TODAY Sports

Gallinari has been in the NBA since 2008, but he has only managed to play more than 65 games in a season twice. Some of the injuries that plagued him were just bad luck, while others have been totally his own fault. His nickname isn’t ‘The Rooster’ for nothing.

After playing a single NBA game for the New York Knicks, Gallinari had to miss more than 50 games because of a back injury. His next big injury came in 2013, when he tore his ACL and had to miss the entire 2013-2014 season. Since then, Gallinari has had several ankle injuries, a glute injury, and broke his hand after punching a player during a friendly international game.

Derrick Rose

Photo: Brace Hemmelgarn – USA TODAY Sports

Rose had a great start to his career, and everything looked up for him after he won the 2011 MVP award. But, unfortunately for him, it wasn’t meant to be. Only a year later, Rose tore his ACL (left knee) in the playoffs, which caused him to miss the entire 2012-2013 season. This would be the start of Rose’s injury filled career.

His next season started out fine, but after only 10 games, he tore the meniscus in his right knee, and was, again, out for the entire season. In 2014-2015, history repeated itself, and Rose tore his meniscus once again. The injuries continued to plague him throughout the years, and Rose could never come close to his 2011 MVP level, up until the point that he questioned whether it made any sense to continue playing. Luckily, he still enjoyed the game and signed with the Timberwolves over the course of the summer. There, he has already showed some flashes of his old self, and the season is still young.

Joel Embiid

Photo: Bill Streicher – USA TODAY Sports

Of course, most of the 76ers recent draft picks could’ve made this list, but Embiid might be the unluckiest. He was drafted back in 2014, but only managed to make his debut in 2016.

Embiid had a broken navicular bone in his right foot, and got surgery on it a couple of days before the 2014 draft. At first, he would only miss the following season, but after a big setback, Embiid was forced to miss the 2015-2016 season as well. Finally, on October 26 2016, he played his first minutes in the NBA, but they did keep him on a minute restriction. His bad luck wasn’t over, as Embiid had a tear in his meniscus late in the same season, as well as a bone bruise, and he had to sit out the remaining games.

He made it through the 20172-2018 season relatively unharmed, except for an orbital fracture of his left eye, after a collision with teammate Markelle Fultz. He only missed two weeks of action, and two playoff games because of it.

Jabari Parker

Photo: NBA

Parker tore his ACL within two months of his debut with the Milwaukee Bucks, which meant his season ended there. Things went well for him for one season, but then Parker tore the same ACL again. This time, it was expected his recovery would take about 12 months, and Parker managed to make his return seven days before that time was up.

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