Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says Anthony Davis "got some bad advice"

Steve Geller
April 10, 2019 - 11:59 am

The Pelicans season ended with even more drama after disgruntled All-Star Anthony Davis showed up to the season finale in a shirt that read “That’s All Folks." How fitting since it has been Porky Pig’s saying and this past season could be described as a cartoon since it’s been LOONY.

Davis made it known to the franchise mid-season that he wanted to be dealt to a contender, but he was not moved before the NBA’s trade deadline. The Lakers were reportedly his destination of choice to join LeBron James in Hollywood, but LA didn’t have the assets New Orleans coveted. 

The league didn’t want the Pelicans to just sit Davis the remainder of the season, so he was given a minutes restriction to not put him in any extra danger of injury.  It wasn’t ideal and in the end AD ended up missing the last 7 games of the season due to lower back spasms. His finals days with the franchise were not as quiet as you would expect from a player on the bench. Davis flipped-off a fan in the Smoothie King Center last week and then seemed to take a parting jab with his attire last night.

But head coach Alvin Gentry still had positive things to say about the 26 year old, who most likely will not be on the roster next season.

"I think he’s a great kid, I think he’s a very good kid," stated Gentry following Tuesday night’s loss to Golden State. "I think he’s a solid guy. I think he got some bad advice, if you want me to just tell the truth."

That appears to be a shot at Davis’ agent Rich Paul, who is said to have initially leaked the information about his client’s desire to play for the Lakers and only the Lakers. Paul was also caught by TV cameras during a Pelicans home game against Oklahoma City leading Davis out of the arena after AD suffered a shoulder injury in the first half.  Just so many incidents that left Davis looking like the bad guy. 

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