Anthony Davis, the No. 1 overall pick in last week’s NBA Draft, suffered his first injury as a professional — just three days after being selected with the first pick of the New Orleans Jazz in the NBA Draft. And, apparently, it will cost him a shot at making the London Olympics squad.
Sources said Davis suffered an ankle injury during a Sunday workout. ESPN.com reported last week that Davis was scheduled to travel to Las Vegas for an Independence Day workout in front of Team USA coach Mike Krzyzewski along with Blake Griffin and Lamar Odom of the Los Angeles Clippersto try out for spots on Team USA a day before the official start of training camp.
But sources said today that Davis is expected to be sidelined “up to two weeks” because of the ankle sprain. Davis, Griffin and Odom were all under consideration to fill a roster spot to address a growing void in the Team USA frontcourt created by injuries to Orlando’s Dwight Howard, LMarcus Aldridge of Portland and Miami’s Chris Bosh.
The Hornets, sources said, consider Davis day-to-day, but the chances of him being healthy enough by the end of the week appear remote.
“I heard that Anthony Davis sprained his ankle yesterday but I don’t know how serious it is,” Team USA chairman Jerry Colangelo told SI.com on Monday. “It was in a workout. I’m not going to worry about that unless I’m advised at this point.”
The official 12-man USA roster, after a deadline extension from the U.S. Olympic Committee, will be announced after a July 7 practice, which means Krzyzewski and Colangelo will have only a session or two to get a look at the players in camp.