New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis has been ruled out for the rest of the season due to knee and shoulder injuries.
Davis has torn the labrum in both his left knee and his left shoulder and will need to undergo surgery on both injuries
The news comes as a blow to Davis not just because of the time he will be sidelined for, but also because it ruins his chances of being voted into one of three end-of-season All-NBA teams. Should Davis not make it on any one of the All-NBA teams, he will not receive the estimated $24 million extra for the maximum extension he signed with the team prior to the start of the 2015/16 campaign.
To make matters worse, Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry admitted that Davis’ hopes of playing in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro are in jeopardy.
“If I was a betting man, probably so, yeah,” Gentry told reporters. “He's disappointed. He's very disappointed.
“You know good and well that he loves playing and wants to be good. He feels a huge obligation to try to make this team better, try to get them back to where they were last year — making the playoffs and stuff like that.”
Davis’ absence for the remainder of the season is a huge blow for the Pelicans as the 23-year-old averaged 24.3 points, 10.3 rebounds, 1.9 assists, 2.0 blocks and 1.3 steals in the 61 games he played.