On Saturday after practice, Alvin Gentry said New Orleans (25-43) is not at the point yet to render a decision, but may eventually need to consider shutting down power forward Anthony Davis for the remainder of the 2015-16 season. The Pelicans were awaiting more medical information this afternoon on two separate injuries affecting the three-time All-Star. Davis was contacted in the left knee Friday by both Portland’s C.J. McCollum and teammate Jrue Holiday as Davis tried to set a pick on McCollum in the second quarter; Davis left the game roughly a minute later and did not return to the 117-112 loss to the Trail Blazers.
Gentry said Saturday that the 23-year-old also has a shoulder concern that has been bothering the fourth-year pro. Davis did not practice.
“He has an injury on his knee and something with his shoulder,” Gentry said. “They’re going to talk to doctors this afternoon and we’ll know a lot more then… I just know that (his shoulder has been) bothering him. We’re going to be on a conference call with doctors today. I think it’s something that’s kind of been there.”
Also on the busy injury front for the Pelicans, small forward Quincy Pondexter spoke about his recovery from knee surgery. Pondexter described his current situation as “the beginning of a long rehab process, but it’s going really, really well so far.”
After missing this entire 2015-16 season, Pondexter said, “I guarantee I will be 100 percent by training camp,” predicting no issues by October later this year.