It’s been a very disappointing season for the New Orleans Pelicans. An injury-decimated team, it has been tough with different players in and out of then lineup every night.
Their one shining star, Anthony Davis, also won’t be seen on the floor for the rest of the season.
Earlier, head coach Alvin Gentry announced that the team would be shutting Davis down for the rest of the season.
It was also announced that Davis would eventually need surgery for both his bad knee and shoulder, but it wasn’t specific as to which one.
Well, it’s now clear that he will be receiving surgery on both. From Justin Verrier of ESPN.com:
Anthony Davis has a torn labrum in his left shoulder and a left knee injury. He will have surgeries to correct both.
— Justin Verrier (@JustinVerrier) March 20, 2016
If Davis is going to have to recover from a torn labrum, it could mean missing the Olympic games in Brazil and representing his country. It would be a shame if that were to happen. Davis has been waiting to show his game to the world on the big stage of the Olympics. It looks like he’ll have to wait for 2020.
On the other hand, shutting down Davis might have been best for the team. They can now position themselves in the draft for the next season and maximize the potential of what they have left in the season. With such a bad season for the Pelicans so far, they can maybe now find the right big men who will be backing up Davis next season.
Davis was averaging 24.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game before being shut down.