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I Want To Talk About the Pelicans’ Medical Staff
I want to talk about the medical staff of the New Orleans Pelicans. But the problem is I don’t know how.
It’s weird and slightly uncomfortable.
The Pelicans medical staff has a negative reputation. That’s largely due to the 2015-2016 season having 351 games lost to injury–most in the league. Years of seeing Anthony Davis get dinged up, Jrue Holiday missing portions of multiple seasons with a stress fracture, Eric Gordon constantly being in and out of the lineup, etc. I could keep going on. It seems natural to have a lack of faith in this regard.
But then Anthony Davis plays 75 games, the most in his career, and the total number of games lost to injury drops to 168 this past season. Did the medical staff improve? Was it just due to luck?
The answer is we do not know.
Sure we can look and see if new hires were made; if there were other organizational changes. But did that prevent anyone from breaking their finger in a game? And then rebreaking that same finger again? But any conclusions from that is pure speculation.
The reduction in number of games lost due to injury is great. Holiday had no leg issues. But on the other hand Quincy Pondexter had more setbacks after he was seen running stairs in the arena. Did the medical staff improve? Or were they actually worse?
You’re welcome to discuss the medical staff, but I’m staying away from this topic since we have no idea what goes on behind the scenes. Let’s just be happy that the Injury Gods were on the Pelicans side.
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