Per the New Orleans Pelicans Official Twitter Feed:
INJURY UPDATE: #Pelicans Anthony Davis & Eric Gordon will miss the remainder of the season. http://t.co/TyXEf5ecDu— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) April 10, 2014
The writing has been on the wall for some time regarding Gordon, but no one expected his season to end on an operating table.
Along with Anthony Davis (back) missing the rest of season,Eric Gordon will have arthroscopic surgery on left knee.— nakia hogan (@nakiahogan) April 10, 2014
It wasn't too terribly long ago that he was considered day-to-day. Now, before the start of next season, he won't have any good knees left and it's possible his decline in athleticism continues into the abyss.
The Davis' news represents an 180 degree turn in recent thinking. Just four days ago, Davis logged 34 minutes against the Portland Trail Blazers, despite not being healthy since the third week of March. Last week, Monty Williams had stated that since further damage couldn't be sustained, Davis would play if he so chose. However, following that Portland game, Monty did suggest Davis' status would be re-evaluated:
"He's just, he's sore. I try to get him out of the game because he's looking like that and as soon as I go to sub him he's like, "I'm good coach, I'm good." He's just trying to do everything he can to help his team and tonight was no different. That's why we love him. He doesn't want to let anybody down, but if he doesn't start to look better in the next couple of days, we have to make a decision on going forward. We'll go home and get him a lot of treatment in the next couple of days and see where we are."
Apparently, AD's health hasn't improved like the organization had hoped and they have now smartly shut him down for the rest of the meaningless schedule. With this news today, Al-Farouq Aminu remains the only active Pelican from our original group of starters when the season started back in October.