Anthony Davis will be back on the court for the Pelicans on Saturday.
The New Orleans star, who missed Thursday's win against Sacramento with a concussion, will be back in the starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Brooklyn Nets at the Smoothie King Center.
Davis passed the NBA's return-to-participation protocol "with flying colors" and can play with no limitations, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said before Saturday's game.
Per terms of the NBA's concussion program, Davis could not begin the return-to-participation protocol until 24 hours after his diagnosis. The protocol requires first that a player be without concussion-related symptoms at rest, then that he undergo several steps of increasing exertion – riding a stationary bike, jogging, agility work, non-contact team drills – all without symptoms.
A team physician must discuss a player's return to activity with and Dr. Jeffrey Kutcher, the director of the NBA's concussion program, before the player can return to play.
"I think it's great what the NBA does, because they take care of that," Gentry said. "It's not on us, it's on the NBA."
Guard Tyreke Evans, who is battling tendinitis in his right knee, likely will not play Saturday, Gentry said. If Evans can't play, rookie Bryce Dejean-Jones will start.