Anthony Davis played basketball for the New Orleans Pelicans on Valentine’s Day, but there was certainly a lack of love in the building as the Pels took on the Oklahoma City Thunder on Thursday.
The franchise player who requested a trade shortly before the NBA’s trade deadline earlier in the month hasn’t had a very smooth go of things in New Orleans since then. The Pelicans weren’t able to get a trade offer they liked before the deadline, then the back-and-forth about whether to play the injured Davis was another wrinkle in the dealings. It’s led to things like booing Davis at home games and other ways disgruntled Pelicans fans are expressing their frustrations.
Anthony Davis is playing for the Pelicans now, but it hasn’t been his usual workload. And things are still extremely weird. Davis literally left the arena at the half on Thursday, for example, apparently after suffering a shoulder injury in the first half.
Russell Westbrook had another huge game for the Thunder, but the Pelicans were able to pull off the 131-122 win, mostly without Davis. After the game, Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry tried hard not to talk about Davis, stressing that he wanted to get questions about “the guys who played the game.”
But pressed about the issue and how it’s been handled by the Pelicans and Davis, and the head coach couldn’t hold back.