Just as everyone was ringing in the New Year, New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson suffered what looked like an extremely scary injury. Anderson was involved in a collision where he seemed to get hit on top of the head, leaving him on the floor for quite a while and having him taken off on a stretcher.
The ultimate result of the injury was a herniated disc in his neck that has kept him out of action since it occurred on Jan. 3. On Tuesday the team announced that he will be out for the remainder of the 2013-14 NBA season as he will undergo surgery on his neck on April 8.
Anderson is one of several injuries that have left the Pelicans ailing and out of the playoff-picture this season. Point guard Jrue Holiday also had his season ended by injuries as has center Jason Smith. Moreover, Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans have also missed significant portions of time throughout the year.
However, Anderson’s injury is by far the most upsetting simply because this past year has been unbelievably awful for the six-year veteran. Not only has he not been able to play the game of basketball much at all this year, but this comes after the situation involving the death of his girlfriend leading into the season.
By all accounts, Anderson is a good, fun-loving guy that always appears relatively jovial on camera and whose teammates sing his praises. After what has happened to him in the past year, you wouldn’t wish that on anyone, but especially not a guy held in high-regard like Anderson. With the news of this surgery, you have to hope things turn around for the Pelicans forward sooner rather than later.