Hornetsí Anthony Davis misses Chicago trip with concussion

11/4/12 in NBA   |   IvanRogers   |   1352 respect

Saying that Monty Williams was disappointed at rookie Anthony Davis’ exclusion from Saturday’s game is an understatement of the New Orleans Hornets coach’s intense frustration towards the NBA’s concussion policy. Anthony Davis and his fans weren’t the only ones who were looking forward to see the No.1 overall pick of the 2012 drafts play in his hometown, Chicago.
“He got touched up a little bit (Friday) night, and I'm sure that happens a lot in basketball…It’s a man’s game. They’re treating these guys like they’re 5 years old,” said Monty Williams. “He desperately wanted to come (to Chicago), but he couldn’t make it.”
The 19-year-old Anthony Davis could not leave for the road game against the Chicago Bulls due to a mild concussion he sustained playing earlier against the Utah Jazz. With just 4:41 left in the first half, Anthony Davis was accidentally elbowed to the head by teammate Austin Rivers. Anthony Davis retired to the locker room and did not return in the third quarter.
 “It's just that now you treat everybody like they have on white gloves and pink drawers,” said Monty Williams. “It's just getting old, but that's just the way the league is now.”
Anthony Davis averaged 14.9 points throughout the preseason. During the New Orleans Hornets’ 99-95 loss to the San Antonio Spurs, Anthony Davis had 21 points and seven rebounds to mark his regular-season debut. Antony Davis knocked down eight points before he was pulled out of the New Orleans Hornet’s last minute 88-886 win over the Utah Jazz due to a concussion.
The former Kentucky star didn’t hit the road with his other teammates ahead of the Chicago Bulls game. Monty Williams expressed that Anthony Davis was equally disappointed at being unable to play against the Chicago Bears in his hometown.
"Obviously he wants to play every game. I'm sure he has a lot of people here that want to see him play,” said Monty Williams. “I could tell he was down he couldn't come [Friday] night.”
Concussions and their life-long effects have taken the center-stage in contact sports with the league’s desperately trying to ensure the safety of players. While the NFL practices some stringent concussion related policies, Monty Williams believed that the NBA could relax its leash in the area.
“I’m not saying I don’t like it,” said Monty Williams. “We’ve got to protect the players, but I think the players should have more say-so in how they feel… this is not the NFL. You don’t get hit in the head that much.”
Anthony Davis stayed behind in New Orleans to have a few tests run to prove his fitness. There is yet no schedule for his return.
“"You just do what you got to do…It's one of those situations where the NBA, the doctors and the medical staff feel like there's a protocol that has to take place before guys can get back on the floor,” said Monty Williams, “so the better he feels the next couple of days it helps the situation.”
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