Anthony Davis Has Played Through Torn Labrum For 3 Years
New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis has put up gaudy numbers the last 3 years. Amazingly, he did it with a torn labrum in his left shoulder.
Speaking at a press conference Monday, Davis met with the media less than 24 hours after his team announced he would undergo surgery and miss the remainder of the season.
Davis will undergo two surgical procedures. One on his knee, and the other on his shoulder.
When asked about his shoulder, Davis acknowledged he suffered the torn labrum his rookie year. The severity of the tear is unknown.
"You wake up and just because it's raining it's going to start hurting," said Davis of the sporadic shoulder pain.
He made it clear he would've played through the pain the remainder of the season if his knee didn't need medical help.
“If this (knee) wasn't bothering me I'd still be playing," explained Davis. "I would have played yesterday."
He noted his rehab and recovery time will be about 4 to 5 months. If true, he'll be back to 100% by training camp in September, though he wouldn't specifically say as much.
Shutting it down for the final 14 games could potentially cost Davis $24 million (learn why here) if he doesn't earn 1st, 2nd or 3rd team All-NBA honors.
While he thought about the potential loss when making the decision, ultimately he kept it about the team, saying it "would have been selfish" to keep playing through the injury in hopes of getting his numbers up.
Davis seemed most upset about having to miss the 2016 Rio Olympics with Team USA.
“I love playing USA Basketball and representing my country," added Davis. "It was one of the toughest decision (when considering surgery)."
With 14 games left in the season, New Orleans (26-43) will continue to deal with the injury bug. They lead the NBA with 35 different starting lineups this season, a result of 230 games missed by Pelican players this season due to injury.