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2015-16 Player Reviews: Luke Babbitt struggles without his tremendous hair

Long live long-haired Babbitt Everything about the 2015-16 season was a bust for the New Orleans Pelicans, and the start of the season was essentially one big spoiler alert. The Pelicans opened the 2015-16 campaign on national television at the home of the defending NBA champion Golden State Warriors and would be without the services of Tyreke Evans, Jrue Holiday, Quincy Pondexter...
Via The Bird Writes
1 day ago

ESPN 7.0 Big Board more favorable to New Orleans Pelicans wish list

But the looming 2016 NBA Draft Combine will probably jumble the rankings once more. It appears a lack of live basketball has NBA draft analysts and talent evaluators second-guessing their thoughts and rankings. ESPN's Chris Ford and his Big Board 7.0 have appropriately captured the scouts wavering on a few candidates including names like Dragon Bender, Buddy Hield and Jaylen Brown...
Via The Bird Writes
1 day ago

New Orleans Pelicans year in review: Jrue Holiday

The Jrue Holiday experience is a perfect microcosm of what went right and wrong for the New Orleans Pelicans during the 2015-16 season, and his future treatment by the team will be a wonderful case study in just what each party values. In considering Jrue Holiday’s 2015-16 season for the New Orleans Pelicans, it’s important to […] New Orleans Pelicans year in review: Jrue...
Via Pelican Debrief
1 day ago

Big Board 1.0 for the New Orleans Pelicans

Brandon Ingram and Ben Simmons are neck and neck for number one overall. The NBA Draft Combine is just two weeks away. The Draft Lottery, where the New Orleans Pelicans will learn exactly where they are drafting, is in less than three. The fate of the Pelicans, and a future running mate for Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday, could be decided by the lucky bounce of a ping pong ball....
Via The Bird Writes
1 day ago

Anthony Davis blasts 49ers front office on Twitter, says they should draft an offensive tackle

Anthony Davis — no, not the New Orleans Pelicans star, but the San Francisco 49ers offensive tackle — enjoyed Twitter on Wednesday evening. The 49ers should Draft an Offensive Tackle in the top 10. #NFLDraft2016 — AD (@BamDavis_) April 27, 2016 Davis is still signed by the 49ers despite what his tweets may make you believe. It’s important to keep in mind the last game...
Via The Comeback
2 days ago  |  Discuss

New Orleans Pelicans year in review: Ryan Anderson

Ryan Anderson had the best season of his career this past year, which is exactly why I don’t think the New Orleans Pelicans shouldn’t resign him. First of all, let me say a few words on Ryan Anderson’s character. Anderson might be the greatest human being in the entire NBA, and as been nothing but […] New Orleans Pelicans year in review: Ryan Anderson - Pelican Debrief -...
Via Pelican Debrief
3 days ago

New Orleans Pelicans Year in Review: Tyreke Evans

For all the disappointments this New Orleans Pelicans season bred none may have brought more despair than the 2015-2016 season of Tyreke Evans. Coming off a season where he helped break the New Orleans Pelicans through to the postseason as their second best player, the expectations were sky high for Tyreke Evans. With new coach […] New Orleans Pelicans Year in Review: Tyreke Evans...
Via Pelican Debrief
3 days ago

A Pivotal Pelicans Offseason: For Better Or Worse

The New Orleans Pelicans were no doubt one of the most disappointing teams of the 2015-16 NBA season. The Pelicans seemingly had a breakthrough last season when they narrowly edged out the Oklahoma City Thunder to sneak into the playoffs. For a team that hadn't made the playoffs since 2011, last season was a significant one for the franchise in general, but more specifically it...
Via The Sports Quotient
5 days ago  |  Discuss

2016 Offseason Preview: New Orleans Pelicans

For lack of a better term, the New Orleans Pelicans season' was a mess. It isn't an exaggeration to say everyone got hurt, with only Dante Cunningham and Alonzo Gee appearing in more than 70 games. Every player who was expected to be part of the rotation at the beginning of the season missed 15 or more games and several missed 30-plus. Having that many injuries makes winning an almost...
Via RealGM - NBA
12 days ago  |  Discuss

Wolves set franchise scoring record with 144-109 win over Pelicans

MINNEAPOLIS -- Karl-Anthony Towns had 28 points and 14 rebounds and the Minnesota Timberwolves sent coach Sam Mitchell out in style with a 144-109 victory over the New Orleans Pelicans in the season finale Wednesday night.Gorgui Dieng had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Shabazz Muhammad scored 28 points for the Timberwolves (29-53), who learned before the game that owner Glen Taylor...
Via Associated Press
16 days ago  |  Discuss

Unlucky, injury-filled season finally ends for Pelicans

On the strength of an MVP-caliber season from Anthony Davis, the New Orleans Pelicans ended a three-year playoff drought last spring. They finished the regular season by winning eight of their last 11 games, edging the Kevin Durant-less Oklahoma City Thunder for the eighth seed in the Western Conference. The eventual NBA champion Golden State Warriors swept the Pelicans, but the...
Via RealGM - NBA
16 days ago  |  Discuss

New Orleans Pelicans found a diamond in the rough?

The New Orleans Pelicans loss to the Philadelphia 76ers this week, truly emphasized how much they have been struggling this season. Who can blame them? Devastated by an otherworldly injury bug, the Pelicans have lost seven players for the year already and have two currently marked as out indefinitely. New Orleans is now at its 40th different starting lineup this season, which is...
Via isportsweb.com
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Kendrick Perkins claims to know which team Kevin Durant will choose as a free agent

Kendrick Perkins is no longer a relevant NBA player, and hasn't been for quite some time. But as a member of the 2008 Celtics team that is lionized in Boston by fans and media alike, he receives a hero's welcome anytime he returns to town.So, when Perkins (who is currently taking up a roster spot with the Pelicans) was back in Boston on Wednesday, the locals decided he was a worthy...
Via Fox Sports
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Perkins: Durant has ‘a few teams’ in mind in free agency

Kendrick Perkins spent parts of five NBA seasons as Kevin Durant’s teammate with the Oklahoma City Thunder, during which he and the superstar established a great friendship. So much so, in fact, that the veteran New Orleans Pelicans center says he and Durant chat at least once per week. With all the free agency speculation and drama surrounding Durant — something that has...
Via Sportress of Blogitude
22 days ago  |  Discuss

Why is Ryan Anderson Going to Get Overpaid This Summer?

This article was originally published on Pick and Popovich on April 6, 2016. Ryan Anderson is a unicorn without a horn. He’s a 6’10” shooter that the NBA is fascinated by simply because he’s a 6’10” shooter. That’s exactly the kind of player teams desperately want to overpay this summer, when everyone will have cap space and need gunners, preferably in the front court...
Via The Sports Post
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Camelo Anthony on-court kid hug costs usher and security guard their jobs

What was originally a fleeting, feel-good moment quickly became defined as a potential catastrophe for arena operators in New Orleans as an usher and an off-duty police officer were fired for not properly manning their posts near the end of the March 28 game at Smoothie King Center between the New Orleans Pelicans and the New York Knicks. “So essentially what happened there...
Via The Comeback
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Ryan Anderson stops posting on social media, says he got ‘addicted’ to it

New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson has over 58,000 followers on Twitter and over 40,000 thousand on Instagram, but he says he’s done with social media. Last week, Anderson said he was refraining from posting items on social media because he had become addicted to it, and he said before Monday night’s game against the New York Knicks he was sticking by what he said...
Via The Sports Daily
March 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Report: Pelicans GM second-guessing, undermining Gentry

New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps hired Alvin Gentry as his head coach last offseason. It sounds as though he already regrets it. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of the Vertical, Demps has spent much of the season second-guessing and undermining Gentry, even within earshot of players. “Sources tell me that [Demps] spent way too much of this year second-guessing...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Salvaging the Anthony Davis era

Of all the improbable things about Anthony Davis, playing professional basketball for three years with a torn labrum is high on the list, considering the labrum is an integral part of the shoulder that holds the whole mechanism together. In a game that, broadly speaking, requires two sturdy arms, it's less than optimal to be out on the court with one of those arms not quite as tightly...
Via RealGM - NBA
March 22, 2016  |  Discuss

Anthony Davis to be shut down for season due to left knee, shoulder problems

The New Orleans Pelicans are shutting down superstar forward Anthony Davis for the rest of the season, according to head coach Alvin Gentry. The three-time All-Star has been battling both knee and shoulder injuries, and with the Pelicans out of playoff contention, Gentry said the move was made with the long-term in mind. Story on @AntDavis23 being shut down for the season. https...
Via The Comeback
March 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Pelicans shutting Anthony Davis down for season

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry announced on Sunday that Anthony Davis will be shut down for the remainder of the season due to a knee injury. Davis left Friday’s game against the Portland Trail Blazers after a knee-to-knee collision with C.J. McCollum. He has also been dealing with a shoulder injury. The Pelicans have had a disappointing season and are nowhere near...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Anthony Davis shut down for season by Pelicans

New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis has been shut down for the remainder of the season due to knee and shoulder issues. Head coach Alvin Gentry spoke to the media Sunday to announce the move. The Pelicans are well outside playoff contention, which likely has a lot to do with this decision. With a record of 25-43, the season hasn’t gone according to plan, and this serves...
Via Sportsnaut
March 20, 2016  |  Discuss

Pelicans considering shutting down Anthony Davis

Alvin Gentry’s first season as the New Orleans Pelicans head coach has not gone according to plan. Coming off a 2014-15 campaign that saw New Orleans earn a playoff spot before eventually dropping to Gentry’s old team in the first round, the expectations were that the Pelicans would take the next step. That was magnified by the presence of all-everything big man Anthony Davis...
Via Sportsnaut
March 19, 2016  |  Discuss

WATCH: Kendrick Perkins clotheslines Damian Lillard, ejected

Kendrick Perkins has been known as something of a goon in NBA circles and he was at it again on Friday. During the fourth quarter, Perkins sent Damian Lillard to the floor with what resembled a clothesline while the Blazers guard was attempting to make his way to the basket. Pelicans' Kendrick Perkins ejected for clotheslining Blazers' Damian Lillard pic.twitter.com/jf7P6UrhpC...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Could Ryan Anderson join Kings in free agency?

New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson is an unrestricted free agent this summer, free to sign with any team, even his hometown Sacramento Kings. He played his final game at Sleep Train Arena on Wednesday, scoring 29 points in 28 minutes to help the Pelicans get a 123-108 win over the Kings. A return to Sacramento could happen for Anderson. From James Ham of CSNBayArea.com:...
Via The Sports Daily
March 17, 2016  |  Discuss
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