Tyreke Evans didn’t arrive to the US Airways Center for the New Orleans Pelicans’ game against the Phoenix Suns on Friday night until about an hour before tip-off. He didn’t get lost, over-sleep, or get kidnapped and saved by Liam Neeson just in time for the game. However, he was stuck in an elevator at the team hotel.
According to a report from The Associated Press (via ESPN), Pelicans head coach Monty Williams had put Evans in the starting lineup in hopes that he would get out of the elevator in time, which wound up all working out in the end. The report also states that it’s unknown how long Evans was stuck, but it was obviously long enough to make news and cause the guard quite a delay.
Evans played solidly for New Orleans as he put up 14 points, five rebounds and four assists in 36 minutes while shooting 6-13 from the field in the Pelicans’ loss to the Suns, so his pre-game struggles didn’t seem to affect his play a great deal. The unsuccessful result was more of a testament to New Orleans going away from Anthony Davis late in the game than it was about Evans being shaken up from his time stuck in the elevator.
This is really not a big deal in the grand scheme of things, but it’s always interesting to see how even athletes who are paid millions of dollars annually can experience very commonplace and trivial issues like being stuck in an elevator. The biggest question that remains though is why Evans was taking an elevator at all. You’re a professional athlete; you can take the stairs, which I suspect he’ll be doing more often from here on out.