Well, that's no fun.
Hornets' rookie Anthony Davis is out for the showdown against the New York Knicks Tuesday night and he might miss more games after that. Davis injured his ankle in practice on Monday. It's the same ankle that has been bothering him so far this season.
Davis also missed two games earlier this season with a concussion.
He likely would have matched up against fellow Olympian Carmelo Anthony with the Knicks using Melo primarily at power forward while Amar'e Stoudemire recovers from a knee injury. The strength and quickness of Anthony would have been a great test for Davis and his length. Melo was one of Davis' mentors during their time together with the U.S. men's basketball team. From the New York Post:
“He's a great player,'' Davis said. “Hopefully, he can make me better. It's going to be a challenge. He was helpful [during the Olympics]. He has that faceup game down pat.
“We just joke around. I would just do it and try to imitate him. But he'd actually tell you, ‘This is what you need to do.' He helped me a lot. He's a funny guy. He can definitely play the game of basketball. They both really work, and I know [tonight] they're going to be very aggressive and we have to match their intensity.''
Davis' defense so far has been impressive, but his ability to manufacture points off of various offensive plays (post-ups, face-ups, pick-and-roll, offensive rebounds, etc.) has shown an offensive game that some worried might be lacking. In six games so far this season, he's averaging 15 points, 8.6 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and is shooting 49.2 percent from the field.