UPDATED: According to the Pelicans the surgery was a minor athroscopic procedure to remove scar tissue from Evans’ right knee. As Evans said everything went well and he is expected to start rehab immediately, and will have a timetable of 6-8 weeks for his recovery.
Obviously this isn’t great news, though I guess it could have been worse. It will bear watching how Evans knee reacts the rest of his career but it probably isn’t a good sign for New Orleans that he had to have surgery on a pre-existing problem in his knee just a year after signing with the team. As I said before, no surgery is good surgery, so it will be interesting to watch Evans as he moves on in his career.
Evans was bothered by some ankle injuries last season, his first in New Orleans, but still was able to average 14.5 points, 5.0 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game.
According to the comment attached to the instagram picture the surgery, whatever it was, went well.
Surgery went great!! Can’t wait to start my re-hab & get back on the court with my teammates !! @van_smackon my side with the support !
What makes this news most frustrating is the complete lack of acknowledgement of the surgery, before or after, from the Pelicans organization.
Instead of keeping fans up to date with what is going on with one of the biggest pieces of the Pelicans core, the team has seemingly ignored the fact that Evans had to get surgery.
In fact even the beat reporters for the team had no idea the surgery was even a possibility, let alone happening.
— nakia hogan (@nakiahogan) May 15, 2014
On the Evans side of things, it is obviously good that whatever was bothering him has been taken care of but any time a player has to have surgery that isn’t a good sign.
It also raises questions about the handling of Evans at the end of the season. If his injury was bad enough to require surgery why exactly was he playing the final games of a lost season? Was it an injury that couldn’t get any worse? Did Evans not reveal to the training staff the exact nature of the injury? Did this happen in the last few games?
Hopefully we start to find out more about the surgery in the coming days to answer most if not all of these questions. Stay tuned at Pelican Debrief for follow ups as more information comes out.