In a season of bad breaks for the Pelicans, the injury news on Thursday was half encouraging.
Anthony Davis, who is out for the remainder of the Pelicans’ season, won’t require surgery on the partially torn labrum in his left shoulder, the team announced Thursday after Davis met with Dr. Neal ElAttrach in Los Angeles.
But New Orleans’ franchise forward underwent a procedure in L.A. on Thursday to treat what ElAttrach in a release called “patellar tendinopathy and a stress reaction of his knee cap.”
ElAttrach performed an ultrasonic debridement of the “degenerative area of the patellar tendon” in Davis’ left knee and gave the 6-foot-10 forward an injection of his own bone marrow, “which is rich in cells and proteins that can reduce pain and trigger a healing response,” according to a release.
The condition in Davis’ knee has become “very symptomatic” in the second half of the season, ElAttrach said in a release, and Davis is “unable to play through this pain any longer.”
But ElAttrach determined that the posterior labrum tear Davis suffered three years ago does not require surgery. Such tears “typically do not predictably cause instability in as high a percentage of players as anterior labral tears,” ElAttrach said in a release, and “it is possible to maintain strong shoulder function and performance ?without surgery in many players with a labral tear.”
ElAttrach “would recommend surgery for recurrent instability or pain that limits training, performance or playing time,” he said in a release, but Davis is “doing a good job of maintaining his shoulder without surgery and it is safe to play in his current condition.”
ElAttrach said Davis would have his labrum surgically repaired “if he develops problems which affect his performance.”
“(Davis) reports only mild soreness in his shoulder which occurs very infrequently after games,” ElAttrach said in a release. “Anthony has not missed any playing time due to his shoulder. He denies recurrent instability, feels that his shoulder is strong, he has no apprehension and feels that he is able to perform at 100 (percent) of his capacity regarding his shoulder.”
Davis, who averaged 24.3 points, 10.3 rebounds and two blocks per game this season, will begin a rehabilitation and training program immediately for his left knee and left shoulder.
The timetable for his return to basketball activity is three to four months, and ElAttrach said Davis will rehab “with the expectation that he will be ready for the start of the 2016 NBA regular season.”
Hamilton to sign
The Pelicans are expected to sign 6-foot-7 guard/forward Jordan Hamilton to a 10-day contract, a source confirmed Thursday. Yahoo Sports first reported the news.
Hamilton, who played college basketball at Texas, was a 2011 first-round pick of the Dallas Mavericks. He has appeared in 140 NBA games, averaging 5.5 points and 2.6 rebounds per game in his career.
Hamilton has not played in the NBA this season. He is averaging 15.1 points, 6.9 rebounds and four assists per game in 14 games for the Rio Grande Vipers in the NBA Development League.