Scott Kushner: "He did it last night, but it was not even a factor until he got home. There was some soreness. Obviously we are not going to take any risk with that." - Alvin Gentry, on Anthony Davis' elbow injury, which sidelines him for tonight's game vs. Jazz.
Oleh Kosel: Regarding Anthony Davis, Alvin Gentry says he remains questionable. A determination will be made on his availabilty once he warms up.
Will Guillory: Gentry says Davis injured his elbow last night vs. Brooklyn, didn’t start feeling it until he got home
Scott Kushner: Alvin Gentry said Anthony Davis' right ankle is an issue for the #Pelicans star and that he probably wouldn't have remained in the Portland loss if not for the current situation in the West Standings. AD clearly playing through some pain.
Jim Eichenhofer: Anthony Davis (first #NBA triple-double) on his return to playing after missing Friday's game vs. Washington: "I felt fine. The ankle felt very fine."
Jim Eichenhofer: Anthony Davis after Saturday's practice, on the condition of his ankle: "I did some light stuff (workout-wise) today. Will do some more stuff tomorrow, but it feels a lot better."
Jim Eichenhofer: Alvin Gentry on how much #Pelicans miss Anthony Davis when he can't play: "Just think Tom Brady and the New England Patriots, with him not on the (field). I think that would be a good comparison. He opens up the game for everyone, really."
Will Guillory: Pelicans have officially ruled Anthony Davis out for tonight's game with a left ankle sprain
Scott Kushner: Sounds like Anthony Davis is going to go through pregame warmups to feel out whether or not he’s able to play on his sprained ankle tonight vs the Wizards.
Scott Kushner: Gentry confirmed AD "tried it" warming up on sprained ankle. He won't say AD's officially out "until there's about 40 secs left on the clock". Gentry is "optimistic" Davis will be back by Sunday. "I don't think think it's that big of a deal. It's a sprained ankle. It'll be OK."
Adrian Wojnarowski: MRI results on New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis’ left ankle revealed a sprain, league source tells ESPN. He’s day to day and doubtful for Friday game.
For the second straight night, Davis was forced to leave his team's game with an injury. He exited Wednesday night's contest at the Sacramento Kings in the third quarter after rolling his left ankle after grabbing a rebound. The Pelicans announced that X-rays taken were negative, but Davis did not return in the team's 114-101 win -- New Orleans' 10th straight victory. Coach Alvin Gentry said Davis will get an MRI on Thursday when the team returns home.
Jim Eichenhofer: Anthony Davis on his left ankle sprain: “I feel fine. But I’m going to have the team doctor take a look at it (Thursday) and go from there.”
Scott Kushner: #Pelicans will check on Anthony Davis’ ankle today. Obviously, the fear is a high ankle sprain or some kind of lingering injury that takes significant time to heal. X Rays revealed nothing was broken. twitter.com/scottdkushner/…
"Won't know anything until tomorrow," Gentry said. "They took X-rays but couldn't really tell a lot from the X-rays, so we'll go back home, and I'm sure he'll have an MRI at some stage tomorrow, and we'll have more information."
Scott Kushner: Alvin Gentry is “under the assumption” Anthony Davis (ankle) will play tonight. Not expected to have a minutes restriction if he’s able to go.
The New Orleans Pelicans announced on Thursday that Anthony Davis is questionable going into Friday's home game against the Portland Trail Blazers.
New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said that star forward Anthony Davis will miss Wednesday's road tilt against the Memphis Grizzlies, but he hopes that Davis' absence will be a short one.
Will Guillory: Pelicans announce Anthony Davis will play tonight, Rajon Rondo (rest) will sit. Ian Clark starts in his place
Will Guillory: Alvin Gentry says Anthony Davis will test his adductor injury but he is likely to play tonight
Will Guillory: Anthony Davis (left adductor strain) is listed as doubtful for tomorrow's game vs Denver
Jake Madison: Gentry says the plan with Anthony Davis is to work him out and reevaluate each day. Hopefully he can come back sooner rather than later
Will Guillory: Anthony Davis says at this point his injury is more about dealing with the pain, was glad to know it wasn't anything serious.
Adrian Wojnarowski: MRI results negative on New Orleans Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis' injured groin, and timetable on his return will be day-to-day for near future, league sources tell ESPN.
New Orleans Pelicans: Injury Update: Anthony Davis has been diagnosed with a left adductor strain. An MRI and further examination revealed no structural damage. Davis will miss tonight’s game against the Warriors and is listed as day-to-day going forward #Pelicans
Anthony Davis won’t play Saturday at Portland, due to a left pelvis injury. Whether he’ll miss more games than that remains to be seen, with New Orleans (11-11) awaiting additional information that should come Sunday, when the Pelicans return to the Crescent City. The team will travel to Louisiana immediately following Saturday’s game, arriving in Louisiana in the wee hours of Sunday morning.
Adrian Wojnarowski: The extent of groin injury to Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis will be better known once team examines him in New Orleans on Sunday, league sources tell ESPN. Pels play in Portland tonight.
Jim Eichenhofer: Alvin Gentry said Anthony Davis will get evaluated tomorrow for groin injury but that it is “very unlikely” Davis plays Saturday at Portland.
Oleh Kosel: DeMarcus Cousins on the injury to Anthony Davis in his postgame comments. “You know it’s unfortunate. Um, it sucks. That’s the nature of this game. You know guys go down. The next guy has to be ready to step up and fill that void.”
Davis was injured as he battled for a rebound with Utah's Derrick Favors underneath the basket with 11:35 left in the game. He remained down for several moments as trainers examined him and could not put any weight on his left leg as he was helped off the court. Davis was immediately placed in a wheelchair and taken to the locker room.
New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis left Friday night's 146-114 loss to the Denver Nuggets with a concussion in the opening minute of the third quarter. Davis was inadvertently hit in the face by Nuggets center Nikola Jokic's head as Jokic was backing him down with the ball.
Davis remained on the floor with his hands over his face for a minute before he walked to the locker room with 11 minutes, 2 seconds left in the quarter. Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry couldn't provide any details of Davis' injury after the game, saying, "I don't know yet,'' Gentry said. "I have to check with doctors.'' Said Jokic: "I don't want (anybody) to get injured because of me. I hope he's good. I didn't do it on purpose.''
Adrian Wojnarowski: After missing most of past two games with a knee injury, Pelicans Anthony Davis is expected to return vs. Cavs tonight, sources tell ESPN.
Marc J. Spears: New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis said his left knee injury would be evaluated tonight, but he was not worried.
Jim Eichenhofer: Anthony Davis (left knee quad tendinitis) is being listed as questionable for Thursday’s game at Sacramento @NBAonTNT
Adrian Wojnarowski: As Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry told reporters, Anthony Davis MRI was negative. Another source tells ESPN that Davis will be day-to-day.
Shams Charania: Sources: Pelicans star Anthony Davis has no structural damage in injured left knee. He has swelling in knee, and will be day-to-day.
David Aldridge: Alvin Gentry tells reporters in Portland that he was informed the MRI on @AntDavis23 was negative, but that they’ll know more Wednesday.
Justin Verrier: DeMarcus Cousins (R Achilles) and Anthony Davis (L knee) both listed as out for tomorrow vs. Lakers. E'Twaun Moore (L ankle) is probable.
Justin Verrier: Anthony Davis said his left finger is fine and his right ankle "is what it is. We'll see how it feels in practice tomorrow."
New Orleans four-time All-Star forward Anthony Davis was not on the court during the portion of Tuesday’s shootaround that’s open to the media and he also didn’t go through his usual pregame warmup with Pelicans teammate Tim Frazier, but Alvin Gentry said Davis is expected to play against the Grizzlies tonight. “As far as we know, he’s going to play,” Gentry said, roughly 90 minutes before tip-off of the Southwest Division game. “He just had a little sickness.”
Anthony Davis briefly feared the worst Wednesday. On a play at the end of the second quarter vs. Toronto, Davis hit his left wrist on the rim, a sequence eerily similar to when he fractured his hand earlier in his career during a game in New York. Fortunately for Davis and the Pelicans, this time X-rays came back negative; three days later, he is 100 percent and will be available Saturday – on his 24th birthday, no less – against the Charlotte Hornets.
Anthony Davis says he expects to play Friday night against the San Antonio Spurs. The New Orleans Pelicans star is officially listed as probable with a right thigh bruise that has sidelined him for one full game and parts of two more, including the second half of Wednesday's loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Justin Verrier: Anthony Davis (right thigh bruise) listed as probable for tomorrow's matchup in NOLA against the Spurs.
Anthony Davis will not play for the New Orleans Pelicans in a game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday night. Before New Orleans made the announcement, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said Terrence Joneswould start at center if Davis was sidelined by his right quad contusion, which occurred during New Orleans' loss to Brooklyn on Friday night.
Justin Verrier: Gentry says Anthony Davis (R thigh bruise) is a gametime decision but that it "doesn't look good." Davis is having trouble moving laterally.
Scott Kushner: Alvin Gentry said Anthony Davis did not practice today (thigh contusion). He does not believe it is a long term issue though. #Pelicans
Jim Eichenhofer: Although he is listed as questionable to return, Anthony Davis (left hand) just returned to #Pelicans bench and is sitting with teammates
Anthony Davis left during the third quarter of the New Orleans Pelicans' game in Indiana after suffering right hip and left thumb injuries from a hard fall underneath the basket. X-rays came back negative, and Davis did not return to the Pelicans' bench. "Don't know anything yet," Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry told reporters in Indianapolis after the game. "We'll just check with the doctors and see. I'm sure it's going to be a bruise, and we'll see to what extent it will be."
Anthony Davis' status for Thursday's interconference game was changed to out. The three-time All-Star forward will miss a game for just the third time during the regular season (in 40 New Orleans contests).
Scott Kushner: Davis said he injured his left hip when Kyle O'Quinn committed a flagrant foul, forcing Davis to run full speed into a courtside seat at MSG
Jennifer Hale: Good news for @PelicansNBA: x rays on Anthony Davis' hip came back negative. Now it's just a matter of letting bruising heal.
New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis underwent an X-ray after a 101-92 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday, according to league sources. Davis denied the account when approached by ESPN, but the Pelicans forward was observed receiving treatment, including a black wrap, on his right foot at his locker before speaking to the media.
New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis will not play Wednesday night at Orlando because of a thigh injury. Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said Davis was injured Monday night against Boston but did not show any signs of being injured immediately following the game. Davis complained of tightness Tuesday and then again during shoot around Wednesday. So the decision was made to sit him against the Warriors.
Justin Verrier: Anthony Davis said he felt a little back pain earlier in the game and then it "locked up" on play he went down. Lumbered a bit postgame.
Anthony Davis confirmed Friday he will miss 10-14 days after suffering a right ankle sprain in the second of the New Orleans Pelicans' two preseason games in China against the Houston Rockets. Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said he doesn't know the severity of the sprain, but a source told The Undefeated's Marc Spears after the game Wednesday morning that Davis suffered a Grade 2 ankle sprain and would miss 10-14 days.
Gentry said Davis' injury "happens all the time" and that he just "needs the necessary days to make it better." Davis is "going to be back soon, there's not anything to be concerned about," Gentry said.
Davis said he'd like to play in the Pelicans' regular-season opener on Oct. 26 against the Denver Nuggets, which comes 14 days after the injury first occurred. But Davis also said he wants to be smart about the injury to avoid further complications. "We're constantly checking on it every day," Davis said. "When I feel ready and able to get back on the floor, then I'll get back on the floor."
Marc J. Spears: Pelicans big man Anthony Davis expected to be out 10-15 days after suffering a Grade 2 ankle sprain in Beijing, source told @TheUndefeated.
Marc J. Spears: Pelicans big man Anthony Davis does not have a serious foot injury and is walking around fine after being injured in the 1st quarter tonight in Beijing versus Houston, a source said.
Scott Kushner: Gentry said he's unsure how severe Anthony Davis' ankle sprain is. He has not yet spoken to trainers about it.
It was Davis' first full-scaled work with his teammates since he underwent a surgical procedure in March to fix a stress reaction problem in his left knee cap. Davis also suffered a torn labrum last season, but he did not require surgery on his left shoulder. ''I feel great and I'm just happy to be out there,'' Davis said. ''I love the game so much that it started to be frustrating when I couldn't play or they pull you out. The main goal is to be ready for October 26 (opener against Denver). ''Right now, I think I'm heading in the right direction toward getting there. Today everything felt great. I feel like I'm more explosive than what I was and more powerful.''
September 26, 2021 | 6:15 am EDT Update
“The NBA should insist that all players and staff are vaccinated or remove them from the team,” NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tells Rolling Stone. “There is no room for players who are willing to risk the health and lives of their teammates, the staff and the fans simply because they are unable to grasp the seriousness of the situation or do the necessary research. What I find especially disingenuous about the vaccine deniers is their arrogance at disbelieving immunology and other medical experts. Yet, if their child was sick or they themselves needed emergency medical treatment, how quickly would they do exactly what those same experts told them to do?”
Irving, who serves as a vice president on the executive committee of the players’ union, recently started following and liking Instagram posts from a conspiracy theorist who claims that “secret societies” are implanting vaccines in a plot to connect Black people to a master computer for “a plan of Satan.” This Moderna microchip misinformation campaign has spread across multiple NBA locker rooms and group chats, according to several of the dozen-plus current players, Hall-of-Famers, league executives, arena workers and virologists interviewed for this story over the past week.
When asked directly about Irving’s vaccination status — or his plans to change it — multiple people familiar with his thinking declined to answer directly. But one confidant and family member floated to Rolling Stone the idea of anti-vaxx players skipping home games to dodge the New York City ordinance… or at least threatening to protest them, until the NBA changes its ways.
“There are so many other players outside of him who are opting out, I would like to think they would make a way,” says Kyrie’s aunt, Tyki Irving, who runs the seven-time All-Star’s family foundation and is one of the few people in his regular circle of advisors. “It could be like every third game. So it still gives you a full season of being interactive and being on the court, but with the limitations that they’re, of course, oppressing upon you. There can be some sort of formula where the NBA and the players can come to some sort of agreement.”
A spokeswoman for Irving declined to respond to a list of questions regarding his vaccination and playing status, and Irving did not immediately respond to a message from Rolling Stone. But as teams return to pre-season training camps next week, fifty to sixty NBA players have yet to receive a single vaccine dose, league sources tell RS. Most are considered merely reluctant skeptics. Some of the holdouts, however, amount to their own shadow roster of anti-vaxxers mounting a behind-the-scenes resistance to Covid protocols — and the truth.
Isaac considers un-vaxxed players to be vilified and bullied, and he thinks “it’s an injustice” to automatically make heroes out of vaccinated celebrities. He rejects the NBA’s proposal for a vaccine mandate and social distancing for players like him during team travel: “You can play on the same court. We can touch the same ball. We can bump chests. We can do all those things on the court. And then when it comes to being on the bus, we have to be in different parts of the bus? To me, it doesn’t seem logically consistent. “If you are vaccinated, in other places you still have to wear the mask regardless. It’s like, ‘OK, then what is the mask necessarily for?’” Isaac continues. “And if Kyrie says that from his position of his executive power in the NBPA, then kudos to him.”
Enes Kanter — the veteran center, devout Muslim and outspoken liberal — senses a creep of the religious right upon his workplace, which just happens to involve players like Isaac sweating all over him and yelling in his face: “If a guy’s not getting vaccinated because of his religion, I feel like we are in a time where the religion and science has to go to together,” he tells RS. “I’ve talked to a lot of religious guys — I’m like: ‘It saves people’s lives, so what is more important than that?’”
In their sit-down interview back in August, Durant and Green rehashed the incident and how it ultimately affected KD’s decision to leave the Warriors. Surprisingly, KD claimed it wasn’t the beef itself that pushed him away, but the way Steve Kerr, Bob Myers and the front office handled things. “It wasn’t the argument,” the former Warriors star said. “It was the way that everybody … Steve Kerr acted like it didn’t happen. Bob Myers tried to just discipline you and think that would put a mask over everything. I really felt that was such a big situation for us as a group, the first time we went through something like that. We had to get that s— all out.”