Anthony Davis (knee, shoulder) underwent successful surgery on his left knee Thursday and is expected to resume basketball activities in 3-to-4 months. The New Orleans Pelicans also announced Thursday that Davis' partially torn labrum will not require surgery.
Davis was shut down for the remainder of the season Sunday due to significant knee and shoulder injuries. It has since been reported that Davis has been dealing with a partially torn posterior labrum tear in his left shoulder for three years. Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who examined Davis' shoulder, said "posterior labral tears typically do not predictably cause instability in as high a percentage of players as anterior labral tears." He further notes that Davis' shoulder stability is strong enough to where his shoulder will just require rest and rehab rather than surgery. Davis will be sidelined for the remainder of the season, but the expectation is that he'll be ready for the beginning of the 2016-17 regular season.
Davis is scheduled to undergo operations in the near future, meaning his offseason will largely be consumed by rehabbing both ailments. Incredibly, and somewhat worryingly, Davis says his shoulder injury initially occurred during his rookie season, making that procedure long overdue for the 23-year-old. The estimated timetable will unfortunately force Davis out of the Olympics, and furthermore, the big man can't commit to being fully healthy by the time training camp rolls around next season. Given that murky outlook ahead of two operations, it'll certainly be worthwhile to monitor Davis' progress in the coming months and in advance of the 2016-17 campaign.
Head coach Alvin Gentry said
Davis was shut down for the rest of the 2015-16 season on Sunday due to multiple ailments hampering him, even though he's only missed seven games all season. He will undergo a procedure on his knee, and also shoulder surgery to repair a torn labrum. This move by the
Coach Alvin Gentry announced Sunday that Anthony Davis (knee, shoulder) would be shut down for the remainder of the season.
Gentry alluded to the possibility of Davis being shut down a day earlier after the big man was knocked out of Friday's game against the Kings with a left knee injury, and it appears the New Orleans Pelicans will indeed follow that route. Though Davis has only missed seven games to date, he's dealt with a vast assortment of ailments along the way and has been knocked out early in a couple of other contests. Injuries have really been the only thing standing in the way of Davis staking a more legitimate claim to the title of the league's most valuable asset, as he's never played more than 70 games in any of his four professional seasons. With the Pelicans just about eliminated from playoff contention, it makes sense for the team to put the long-term interests of Davis at the forefront. He should be fully healthy by the time training camp kicks off next fall. Ryan Anderson (groin) figures to take over as the starting power forward once he returns from an injury of his own.
Anthony Davis (knee, shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Clippers, Jon Reid of the Times-Picayune reports.
After reports surfaced earlier Saturday that the New Orleans Pelicans ' coaching staff was mulling over the possibility of shutting Davis down for the remainder of the season, it was all-but certain he would miss at least Sunday's matchup when the Pelicans host the Clippers. He left Friday's game in the first half after suffering a knee injury and it has since been reported that the star big man is also dealing with a shoulder ailment. His next chance to return will come Tuesday against Miami, although he should be considered questionable at best for that game as of right now. Alexis Ajinca (chest) could return Sunday, which would help fill the some of the void left by Davis in the front court.
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