The New Orleans Pelicans are set to revamp their player care and performance team, sources told Christian Clark of Times-Picayune. This serves as a response to their injury-marred 2022-23 season.
As noted by Clark, vice president of player performance and care Aaron Nelson has been in charge of the said department of the club, and he will be dismissed after four years of service within the Pelicans.
Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, and C.J. McCollum endured injuries and missed plenty of games in this disappointing year for New Orleans. Williamson, inactive for the entire 2021-22 due to his broken foot, suffered a challenging hamstring injury that kept him out for the final 45 games of the regular season.
Ingram, for his part, was diagnosed with a broken toe and went on to miss 29 games. McCollum managed to log 75 games, but he underwent a successful torn UCL surgery in his right thumb last April as the injury bothered him for the final months of the campaign.
The veteran guard also played through a torn labrum in his right shoulder for the last two weeks of the season, but New Orleans reported that he won’t require surgery to repair it.