This is surprising. And sounds a little disturbing.
Anthony Davis has been shut down for the season due to needing surgeries on both his knee and shoulder. He’s going to be out of action for about five months, but before going under the knife, he spoke to the media Monday.
And he said this shoulder issue has been there for years. From Justin Verrier of ESPN:
I’m not a doctor, and I’m not going to play one on the Internet. I don’t know the severity or all the impacts of Davis’ torn labrum, or if there was further potential damage from him playing through it. A minor tear in the right spot can be played through. However, from the “don’t mess with a franchise cornerstone talent” perspective, three years seems a long time to let that go and not have an operation.
Davis also made official what USA Basketball feared.
Somewhere Mike Krzyzewski took a short break from preparing Duke to face Oregon and shed a tear. Davis’ athleticism and rim protection is a perfect fit with Coach K’s USA Basketball philosophy — we have better athletes with you, and we’re going to use that to overwhelm you with pressure and pace. Not that having to sub in DeMarcus Cousins and others at the five is going to hurt the USA’s gold medal chances (the USA’s third team likely wins gold), but nobody is as an ideal fit for the system as Davis.