Anthony Davis Injury: Updates on Pelicans Star's Recovery from Surgeries

Danny WebsterAnalyst III

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) reacts during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016, in New Orleans. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)
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New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis has been shut down for the season with knee and shoulder injuries. While his knee injury requires surgery, Davis didn't need a procedure to repair his torn labrum.

Continue for updates.

Latest on Davis' Recovery Timeline

Thursday, March 24

The Pelicans announced Davis is expected to be out three to four months after undergoing surgery on his injured knee.

Davis Comments on Injured Shoulder, 2016 Olympics

Monday, March 21

Davis told reporters he's played through a torn labrum for three years and that he won't play in the 2016 Olympics.

Davis' Season Over

Sunday, March 20

Pelicans broadcaster Sean Kelley announced the team has decided to shut down Davis for the remainder of the 2015-16 season.

Jennifer Hale of Fox Sports reported Davis will undergo surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder and will also have a knee operation.

Gentry Comments on Davis' Injuries

Saturday, March 19

"Obviously he has an injury on his knee and something with his shoulder," head coach Alvin Gentry said, per John Reid of "I think they are going to talk to doctors this afternoon and we'll know a lot more then." 

"I wouldn't say no to that," Gentry said when asked at the time if the Pelicans would be more inclined to end Davis' season, per Reid. "I think we got to be smart collectively, along with him. Like I said, I think we'll know a lot more after they talk to doctors today."

Pelicans Wise to Be Cautious with Davis

New Orleans' leading scorer and rebounder at 24.3 points and 10.3 rebounds per game, Davis had missed seven games already this year due to various injuries prior to being shut down.

The three-time All-Star returned to the lineup on March 2 against the Houston Rockets after his most recent one-game hiatus, but his presence did not keep New Orleans from falling further behind in the Western Conference playoff race. Following Friday's game, which was Davis' last, the Pelicans had lost eight of 10 games since Davis' return.

There's no denying what Davis provides the Pelicans. He is New Orleans' best scorer, rebounder and rim-protector. Given that the Pelicans are well outside the playoff picture, taking a conservative approach with their superstar and looking forward to next year is best for Davis and the franchise.


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