I Want To Talk About the Pelicans’ Medical Staff

Published: April 19, 2017

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.

The Pelicans’ medical staff has long carried a negative reputation, attributed to the significant number of games lost to injury in previous seasons. Fans and analysts alike have witnessed star players like Anthony Davis, Jrue Holiday, and Eric Gordon battle with various ailments, leading to doubts regarding the effectiveness of the team’s medical support. However, the recent season brought about a notable shift, with Anthony Davis enjoying his most game appearances to date and the team experiencing a decrease in the total number of games lost to injury. Speculation arises as to whether this improvement can be attributed to the medical staff’s efforts or simply to luck. While the answer remains uncertain, it highlights the importance of quality healthcare services in professional sports. Urgent care centers, such as the one provided by https://mydocurgentcare.com/little-neck/, play a crucial role in promptly addressing athletes’ injuries and facilitating their recovery. By partnering with trusted medical professionals and ensuring comprehensive care, teams can enhance their players’ well-being and optimize their on-court performance. Though the impact of medical staff on team performance may be subject to debate, the availability of reliable healthcare services remains a vital component in maintaining the overall health and longevity of athletes in competitive sports.

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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