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Alvin Gentry getting Pelicans ready to win with or without Davis

Plan is for AD to play once healthy

Steve Geller
January 28, 2019 - 1:40 pm

It was business as usual at Pelicans practice today, except there were a lot more media members covering the team since this morning’s news revealed that star Anthony Davis has requested a trade.  

“I spoke to him this morning at length,” said Coach Alvin Gentry when asked about Davis. “He thinks his finger is getting better. He plans on playing out this season. That’s my role, to try to win as many games as we possibly can. I think AD is a professional guy and he’s going to play as hard as he can once he gets well. We’re going to do the best we can to put our team in position to win games.”

The big problem is that the Pels haven’t been winning games, they currently sit six games under .500 and are also six games out of the 8th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.  Davis has sat out the past four contests due to an injured left finger, but is averaging 29 points with 13 rebounds per game. Will this flock of birds be able to deal with and carry on with this season knowing that their main guy, their leader, doesn’t want to be here?

“I spoke to the team this morning and think its fine,” said Gentry.  “I think everybody understands that its part of the business.  For us, we approached it like we normally would any other practice. I thought we had a good practice and a spirited one. That’s all we can do, is come out and try to prepare the team.”

Gentry pointed out a few times that AD is still under contract with the Pelicans and the plan is for him to return to play once he’s recovered from his current injury. But, can the franchise afford any further damage to their major asset that appears to be on his way out the door.  Does it make more sense to sit Davis until a trade has been finalized to keep him from getting dinged up any further?

No, the simple answer is no,” Gentry stated.  ‘He’s already made it clear that he wants to play, then we’re going to play him.”

Anthony Davis declined to speak with reporters today after practice. The Pelicans are heading to Houston to face the Rockets tomorrow.


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