On Wednesday, the Pelicans announced that Tyreke Evans will be sidelined six to eight weeks after undergoing knee surgery. It adds to the pile of injuries they’ve suffered, which have made it hard to get a read on what this team is going to look like in a season where they’re expected to be strongly in the mix for a playoff spot. And it’s going to be that way for a while: according to Anthony Davis, the full team won’t be healthy until at least January.
“It’s tough,” Davis told ESPN.com Wednesday. “Now with Tyreke going down, we won’t have our complete team until January sometime. … It’s tough because you’re coming in with high expectations, thinking everybody is healthy. And then, stuff happens.”
Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry echoed Davis’ frustration:
“That’s been the main thing that’s been a little bit frustrating,” Gentry said Wednesday. “I like our team. I think we have depth. We have not been able to put those guys out there together … there’s always somebody missing. We’ll just have to battle until we get the cavalry group back.”
Injuries are never fun, and they happen to every team to a degree. But they seem to be hitting the Pelicans particularly hard in the lead-up to this season, which is too bad. Davis has established himself as one of the very best players in the world, and it would be a shame if he didn’t have a healthy team around him as he enters his prime.