The New Orleans Pelicans have decided to side-line Anthony Davis for the remainder of the season due to a sore left knee and shoulder injury. Davis will be undergoing processes to fix both, according to Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry.
Davis has featured in 61 games for the Pelicans this season, as reported by Real GM. The New Orleans roster was plagued by injuries throughout this season to such an extent that head coach Alvin Gentry pointed out that never in his 27-year coaching career had he faced such injury worries.
Gentry had to come up with 34 starting lineup combinations this season, which is the highest in the league. He has lost his key players like Tyreke Evans, Eric Gordon and Quincy Pondexter. Unfortunately, all of these guys have been ruled out for any comeback for the season. Here, they are hit with the final blow in the form of 23-year-old Davis’ injury. The Pelicans will be without Davis for their final 14 games of the season.
“It’s been awful,” Gentry said, according to the ESPN. “This the most frustrating season I’ve ever been through. It’s frustrating for the players, for the owners, for the management, and for everybody else. We did not anticipate the season going this way.”
Davis has a torn labrum in his left shoulder, which according to his coach, has affected the most accomplished player of the franchise the most. “He’s disappointed, he’s very disappointed,” Gentry said.
“You know good and well that he loves playing and wants to be good. He feels a huge obligation to try to make this team better, try to get him back to where they were last year – making the playoffs and stuff like that. We put up all the injuries on the board today and we got a lot more guys in red than we’ve got in blue, and that’s never a good situation.
“It’s unfortunate to go through this after the momentum that they had last year and getting into the playoffs. The reality of it all is that injuries have decimated our season, and all we can do is continue to play hard and try to regroup.” Davis’ chances of grabbing a $24 million contract boost depends on him getting an All-NBA selection.
The Pelicans still in contention for a playoff berth. But having lost nine out of their past 11 games, they’re almost done for the season. Experts see a silver-lining. By protecting their best player, the Pelicans have taken the first step to rebound from the awful season. The Pelicans are currently 6th in the lottery odds between the Timberwolves, Kings and Knicks.