Anthony Davis, the NBA’s No.1 draft pick, has a left ankle sprain that must be evaluated later this week before he can be cleared to practice with the US team for the London Olympics.
Davis hurt his ankle at the team’s training centre in Westwego on Saturday and Hornets spokesman Harold Kaufman said that the club considers his status for resuming training as day to day.
The 6ft 11ins Davis, who led the nation with 4.65 blocks per game while leading Kentucky to a national title, was drafted by the Hornets first overall last Thursday and arrived in New Orleans on Friday.
He was slated to train for several days at Hornets facilities, along with fellow New Orleans first-round draft pick Austin Rivers, before departing for US practices that begin on Thursday in Las Vegas. USA Basketball will announce its 12-man Olympic roster on Saturday.
Even if Davis had not been injured, it was not clear that he was going to make the Olympic team. However, if he reports for the US team’s pre-Olympic training camp — whether he can practice or not — he could be made an alternate, meaning that he could still be called upon to play later this summer if another front-court player on the roster has an injury or other issue that keeps him from suiting up in London.
Playing with the superstars in this league — it’ll be a great opportunity for me, they’ll show me the ropes, show me things I’ve never seen before. I just can’t wait to learn from them.”