Alvin Gentry’s first season as the New Orleans Pelicans head coach has not gone according to plan.
Coming off a 2014-15 campaign that saw New Orleans earn a playoff spot before eventually dropping to Gentry’s old team in the first round, the expectations were that the Pelicans would take the next step. That was magnified by the presence of all-everything big man Anthony Davis.
Unfortunately, a 1-11 start to the season placed the team too far behind the proverbial eight-ball to rebound. Heading into this weekend’s action, the Pelicans boast a 25-43 record and are on the verge of being eliminated from playoff contention.
In this, Gentry seems to think the wise move might be to shut Davis down for the remainder of the season:
Alvin Gentry said #Pelicans may need to consider shutting down Anthony Davis for season, but not at that point yet. Has knee+shoulder issue
— Jim Eichenhofer (@Jim_Eichenhofer) March 19, 2016
Davis has been dealing with multiple minor injuries throughout the season, the latest being issues with his knee and shoulder.
The 23-year-old three-time All-Star is averaging 24.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and 2.0 blocks per game this season.