The biggest surprise of the All-Star Game happened 24 hours before tipoff: Anthony Davis not only showed up prepared to play, he came prepared to answer questions.
No other play in Charlotte is more under siege than Davis, whose career remains in limbo following a messy attempt to force his way out of New Orleans, only to have the Pelicans reject all proposed deals at the trade deadline.
And then last Thursday, Davis injured his shoulder, which left his status for the All-Star Game in question. But he said Saturday “it’s my intent to play” through any lingering shoulder issues and also said the same about playing the rest of the season for the Pelicans.
At least that’s his intent. The Pelicans, after a management shakeup Friday caused by the Davis situation, might have a different stance when the season resumes Thursday.
“It’s a business, I understand it,” Davis said. “When we were talking (previously) about playing or not playing, I understood it from their perspective. We wanted to gets something done and it didn’t happen. So my job is to play and that’s what I'm going to continue to do.”
Davis seemed unmoved by the decision to fire Dell Demps, the GM who couldn’t build a consistent winner in Davis’ six-plus seasons in New Orleans.