Anthony Davis was voted as an All-Star starter last month, garnering 1,369,911 votes. It was expected to be his first of many chances to start the All-Star Game as he was the third in the total vote, trailing just Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry and Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James. Sadly, this year will not be the year for AD.
Davis has decided to sit out all competitions this weekend. He was expected not only to play in the All-Star Game itself, but compete in the Shooting Stars event on a team with Hall of Famer Scottie Pippen and WNBA star Elena Delle Donne of the Chicago Sky. AD's full statement, from Pelicans.com, is below.
"After careful thought and consideration, I’ve decided I will not be participating in this year’s NBA All-Star competitions. I want to thank the fans for voting me into the All-Star game and I am sorry I will not be able to play.
While I’m disappointed that I won’t be able to compete this weekend, I’m still very excited about the opportunity to be a part of the All-Star events in New York and celebrate our game with some of the NBA’s greatest figures.
More than anything, I am anxious to get healthy and back on the court with my teammates after the All-Star break."
I'm torn on this issue. On one hand, this only reinforces that Davis is all about the team's progress first and foremost. No one can question his dedication after the long hours spent rehabbing this injury over the last couple days in hopes of playing against the Jazz and Pacers.
On the other hand, Davis is day-to-day. He could have been able to play as early as tomorrow night if the Pelicans had a game scheduled. The All-Star Game might not count, but it is a big deal. After a mere cursory experience last year (Davis played just 9:35) this had every chance to be a coming out party. Big men are rarely the spotlight attraction in a game dominated by ball handlers; Davis has a rare skill set to excel even in this ball dominating spectacle.
Regardless, that is now not an issue. Davis has chosen to sit out the All-Star Game and rest up. The Pelicans are 27-26 and 1.5 game out of the playoffs right now. Last year they were 23-29, practically eliminated from the playoffs, and about to embark on a painful eight game losing streak. Hopefully the extra rest, for all the Pelicans, can provide the boost necessary to finish the season strong.