REPORT: Many inside Pelicans organization don’t want Anthony Davis to play for the rest of the season
During his All-Star media day interview session on Saturday, New Orleans Pelicans big man Anthony Davis made it clear he wants to play for the rest of the season. However, that’s not the case for many people inside the organization.
According to Scott Kushner of The Advocate, the brain trust in New Orleans would prefer to sit Anthony Davis for the rest of the season so he doesn’t get hurt and decrease his trade value.
The 25-year-old All-Star suffered a left shoulder injury on Thursday against the Oklahoma City Thunder, which reportedly made owner Gayle Benson very upset.
While lists and destinations are certainly the story of the day for Anthony Davis, he made it perfectly clear, several times over, that he intends to play for the rest of the season.
Many inside the Pelicans do not want him to play.
It's setting up for a real conflict.
— Scott Kushner (@ScottDKushner) February 16, 2019
As Kushner states, the second half of the season is going to be very dicey for the Pelicans.
If New Orleans doesn’t let a healthy Anthony Davis play, the NBA players’ association can get involved and penalize the organization. The real question, though, is why does Davis even want to play? He loves the game of basketball, but AD is putting himself at risk of getting hurt every time he steps onto the floor playing for a team he doesn’t want to be on.
This saga is only going to get worse. In hindsight, Davis should have requested a trade before the season started.