New Orleans Pelicans’ forward Anthony Davis may be one of the brightest stars in the NBA today, but he has had a real problem with injuries since beginning his career in the league. The team announced on Sunday that they would be shutting him down for the rest of the season.
Head coach Alvin Gentry announced the news on Sunday, citing a lingering shoulder injury, which he has been dealing with for most of the season. Davis also suffered a knee injury during a loss to Portland on Friday.
“We’re going to shut him down. He’s done for the year,” Gentry said during his pregame media session. “It’s unfortunate, but he’s got an issue with his shoulder that he’s played with the whole season. 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.”
With just 14 games left in the season, the Pelicans are nine games back of the eighth seed in the Western Conference. It would take a miracle for them to get back into contention, so shutting him down might be the best move.
Anthony Davis leads the Pelicans in three different categories with 24.3 points, 10.3, and 2.0 blocks per game this season. He also scored an NBA-high 59 points against the Detroit Pistons in February.
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