Dwyane Wade explains how difficult Anthony Davis' recovery will be

Published Mar. 22, 2016 12:36 p.m. ET

New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis was one of the favorites to be the 2016 NBA MVP before the year began, but the 23-year-old revealed Monday he's been playing with a torn labrum for three years after the Pelicans shut him down with shoulder and knee injuries.  

Davis will undergo two surgeries to repair his shoulder and knee, and will miss the 2016 Olympics. Davis says he hopes to return for training camp prior to the 2016-17 season, but Team USA teammate Dwyane Wade warns that Davis shouldn't try to rush his recovery. Wade had surgery on his left shoulder and left knee in 2007, and recalled the grueling rehab process in an interview with ESPN.


Wade admitted that during his recovery he wondered if he could ever return as the same type of player, but said he's confident Davis can bounce back.