Chicago native Anthony Davis will miss his only opportunity to play in front of his home crowd as a rookie in the NBA this season. The New Orleans Hornets star was unable to make the trip with his team for Saturday night’s showdown with the Bulls after he suffered a mild concussion on Friday night.
Anthony Davis to Miss United Center Debut
The Chicago native and New Orleans Hornets rookie suffered a mild concussion on Friday night
Chicago native and New Orleans Hornets rookie superstar, Anthony Davis, won't get a chance to play in Chicago for his first time as a pro due to a mild concussion.
Saturday, Nov 3, 2012 Updated at 7:07 PM CST
Davis took an inadvertent elbow to the head from fellow rookie Austin Rivers during the second quarter of the Hornets contest against the Utah Jazz, forcing head coach Monty Williams to take him out of the game. Davis was on his way to another solid outing as he had eight points, six rebounds and two blocks when he was pulled with 4:51 remaining in the first half.
He never came out of the locker room for the second half and after the game, the team announced his diagnosis. Davis is sure to be disappointed that he won’t be taking the United Center floor on Saturday as this will be his team’s only trip to Chicago this season because they compete in the Western Conference.
Under the NBA’s new concussion policy, a player must pass a battery of tests and be cleared by a neurologist before being able to return to the court. Therefore, the Hornets have no say so on when Davis can come back and there is no timeline for his return.