It was announced last night that the New Orleans Pelicans would be shutting down Anthony Davis for the rest of the season.
With the Pelicans now all but out of the race for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference, the team took the decision to let Davis take the rest of the season off and not risk him picking up any further injuries.
Knee and Shoulder Surgery
Well, it seems that there is more to Davis being shut down than meets the eye because it has now been announced that the All-Star power forward is sitting out the final games of the campaign because of the knee injury he suffered on Friday as well as a torn labrum that he has been playing with for the entire season.
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Davis is having to undergo surgery on the torn labrum - as you would expect - but it appears that the knee problem could be worse than first feared, as he will need to go under the knife on that as well, the team confirmed, via NBA.com.
"We’re going to shut him down," Gentry said when revealing the news to reporters yesterday. "He’s done for the year. It’s unfortunate, but he’s got an issue with his shoulder that he’s played with the whole season."
Gentry went on to dispel the notion that his star player is "soft", saying that the 23-year-old has pretty much been playing through the pain barrier all year long with the shoulder injury.
"It’s amazing when people talk about him being soft or whatever; they don’t understand that he’s played through a situation with his shoulder the entire season," Gentry said.
While Davis has not been as dominant in 2015-16 as he was last year, he's still one of the NBA's best players and was averaging 24.3 points and a career-high 10.3 rebounds per game.
However, if the former Kentucky man really does want to start putting his name into contention for Most Valuable Player, alongside the likes of Stephen Curry, LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Kawhi Leonard and Russell Westbrook, he needs to step things up a notch to a new level.
He also has to stay healthy. This is Davis' fourth year in the NBA, yet he's never played 70 games in a season due to an assortment of injuries. The man is an MVP candidate when healthy, but you have to play 70-75 games to legitimately be in the running for the award.
You do also have to be on a contending team, though, which Davis clearly isn't as the Pelicans sit 12th in the Western Conference standings on a 26-43 record that is nine games back from the playoffs and 20 games behind the teams that those other aforementioned MVP candidates play on.