Anthony Davis finally has been shut down by the New Orleans Pelicans for the remainder of this NBA season due to multiple injuries. Davis reportedly played with a torn labrum for three years.
Anthony Davis will also be missing the 2016 Olympics as he will undergo a shoulder surgery as part of the recovery process. Davis won the Olympic gold with team USA as a 19 year old rookie before playing in the NBA. He sounded emotional while asked on missing the Rio edition of the games. Davis also won gold at the 2014 FIBA World Cup.
“That’s tough. It’s definitely tough,” he said. “Twenty-three years old. … A couple more Olympics, maybe? But it’s definitely a tough situation. I love USA Basketball, love when I was there in 2012, love when I played in the World Cup in 2014.
“It was definitely a tough decision, but I think everybody understands where health is more important than [being] on the floor. That was definitely one of the biggest decisions, especially because, as you guys know, I love playing USA Basketball, representing my country. So, that was definitely tough.”
As revealed by the Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry on Monday, Davis will also undergo a knee surgery. Davis, arguably the best player in the Pelicans roster, featured in 61 games this season, as we’ve reported earlier. He posted 24.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 2.1 blocks in 35.5 minutes per game before concluding his 4th NBA season, according to the Real GM.
The Pelicans made it to the playoffs last season, but had to struggle with an injury riddled roster in this season. The 23-year-old All star and the Pelicans’ management were aware of the injury since his rookie season. But after a discussion with the team management and the medical officers, Davis decided to carry on through the occasional pain.
“They told me [the shoulder surgery] eventually has to happen,” Davis said Monday, according to the ESPN.” Gradually it’s been getting worse. Something we just got to take care of now.”
Davis also revealed that he had to wear a special compression shirt underneath his jersey to protect his shoulder from further damage. “It’s been hurting for a while, but [the knee injury is] something that I can play through,” Davis also added about his left knee injury. “It ended up being tendinosis, but we’ll just try to figure it out.”
Pelicans boss Alvin Gentry backed the decision to side-line Davis for the remaining series. “It was bothering him here and there, but it was never to the point where — he didn’t sit any game out because of the shoulder,” Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. “He was able to play through that situation. I think the situation right now is that this is a perfect time. He has a knee issue, so if you’re gonna take care of the knee issue, you might as well take care of the shoulder one, too. That’s where that is.”