Days after coach Alvin Gentry said New Orleans Pelicans star would sit out for the rest of the season, the team announces that he’ll undergo a left knee procedure that will sideline him for three to four months.
Over the weekend, the All-Star revealed that he has been playing through the shoulder injury since his rookie season. And, while they anticipated that he’d have surgery to his shoulder, as well as his a procedure to correct tendinosis in his left knee, there was an evaluation and consultation that determined Davis’ shoulder did not require surgery.
“[Davis] reports only mild soreness in his shoulder which occurs very infrequently after games,” ElAttrache wrote in a medical report released by the Pelicans. “Anthony has not missed any playing time due to his shoulder. He denies recurrent instability, feels that his shoulder is strong, he has no apprehension and feels that he is able to perform at 100% of his capacity regarding his shoulder.”
Davis, 23, will begin rehabbing immediately and is expected to be ready by the start of next season.
This season, he’s played in a career-low 61 games, and finishes with averages of 24.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks.