NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) -
Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry's in as tough of a position as they come. His team's as injured as they've ever been, and the one guy they need most, Anthony Davis, is the most unavailable, but not because he's injured.
"He's been cleared to practice," says Gentry. "So, he'll practice."
According to reports though, Davis is available to suit up for games as well, but was held out of Monday's contest against the Pacers, once again putting Gentry in a tough spot when he spoke to the media before the game.
"I don't make those decisions," says Gentry. "I was told that he's cleared to practice. That's what I know."
With the latest on the trade front being reports of the Lakers backing off of their pursuit of Davis until the Pelicans make a counter-offer and show more interest, the next topic is: will the Pelicans play him the rest of the season at all? From a front office perspective, the safe play is to keep your most valuable trade asset with a long injury history out of harm's way. And if that's the case, which hinders any chance of Pelicans having postseason success, why even chase wins at all if it will only hurt their 2019 draft position? It's truly a perplexing situation that coach Gentry, even with all of his basketball experience, has never seen.
"I haven't been through anything like this," says Gentry. "I was with the Clippers during the whole Donald Sterling thing. That was pretty intense, also. You deal with it. It's out there. So everybody knows it. You just deal with it."
Easier said than done when you’re trying to win games with both hands tied behind your back.