How do you create a positive spin for a team that is 12th in its conference, woeful on the road, and just saw its best player and only superstar go down injured?
Er, it’s good preparation for rough times ahead?
Anthony Davis will give the New Orleans Pelicans a taste of what life looks like without him over the next week or so, as he recuperates from an index finger injury sustained last Friday against Portland.
Given that Davis belongs in any discussion about the best players in the NBA and that the Pelicans are far from spectacular even with him turning in one dominant performance after another, this little experiment probably won’t look very pretty.
But they should get used to it. Davis’ upcoming time on the sidelines is just another uncomfortable reminder that decision-time on his future is fast approaching, and that choosing to remain in New Orleans is the least plausible of his options.
That won’t please anyone in the Big Easy, and won’t surprise anyone outside it. The Pelicans’ fate as far as Davis is concerned is now likely already out of their hands, but that wasn’t always the case. They had their chance, and they blew it.
They say it’s better to be lucky than good. Well, the Pelicans (then the Hornets), got lucky in 2012, when the ping-pong balls bounced gently in their favor, providing the top selection in the upcoming draft despite having only the fourth-best odds at 13.7 percent.