New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis will miss the remainder of the season, coach Alvin Gentry said this weekend.
The 23-year-old has been hobbled with knee and shoulder injuries, so to prevent aggravating those injuries, the team has made the decision to bench him in a season in which they are currently 26-43… and seemingly out of playoff contention.
Davis has a torn labrum in his left shoulder and a left knee injury, the Pelicans announced. And, will undergo procedures to correct both.
“He’s disappointed. He’s very disappointed. You know good and well that he loves playing and wants to be good,” Gentry said. “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.”
Also, due to the injury, an estimated $24 million bonus for the maximum extension he signed with the Pelicans during the past offseason is in jeopardy.
With Davis out, he’ll be the fifth New Orleans player sidelined for the rest of the season. Quincy Pondexter (left knee) is missing every game in 2015-16, and Tyreke Evans (right knee), Eric Gordon (right ring finger) and Bryce Dejean-Jones (right wrist) have been shut down.
The team have been injury-plagued all season.