In a mildly surprising announcement, the New Orleans Pelicans announced after practice today that Anthony Davis will play and start in Friday’s matchup against Indiana Pacers. Head coach Alvin Gentry had no further comments beyond that, especially regarding any future games on the schedule.
“He’s playing tomorrow. We’ll take it from there...He’s playing tomorrow. He’s playing in the game tomorrow. Let’s get to that one and then we can worry about everything else.”
Remember that tomorrow’s contest is an away game. The league has rules in place that heavily dissuade teams from sitting healthy stars in road games and/or matchups featured on national broadcasts.
Nevertheless, many expected the Pelicans might attempt to sit Davis coming out of the All-Star break following the developments that proceeded the team’s last game. Not only did Davis leave the arena before the conclusion of the OKC contest last Thursday on TNT (for an injury deemed “nothing too bad”), he spent a lot of time during the All-Star weekend talking about playing for other teams — much like one would expect a free agent to do.
And if this circus wasn’t enough drama, HBO Sports issued a release a few hours ago stating that Anthony Davis will appear in the season premiere of The Shop, co-executive produced by LeBron James.
The season premiere of the unscripted series THE SHOP, from HBO Sports and UNINTERRUPTED, starring LeBron James and Maverick Carter and featuring a diverse lineup, debuts FRIDAY, MARCH 1 (10:30 p.m. ET/PT & 9:30 p.m. CT) on HBO. Joining James and Carter will be Pittsburgh Steelers All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown, Oscar® winner Jamie Foxx, American rappers and activists Meek Mill and 2 Chainz, New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis and stand-up comedian Jerrod Carmichael.
In case you were wondering, this season premiere was filmed in Charlotte, North Carolina — home of the 2019 NBA All-Star Game and other festivities.
The weird keeps getting weirder.
After hearing Danny Ferry intended to re-engage the league office to find a solution for the AD Saga earlier this week, one expected owner Gayle Benson and the rest of the organization to push back harder coming out of the the All-Star break. Well, the Pelicans are kicking off the second half of the season tomorrow and Davis remains in the starting lineup, Alvin Gentry continues to say a few words on a topic that he’s obviously not happy talking about and we’re all left wondering, when will this dumpster fire end?!