Tyreke Evans says in Pels locker room he "felt a little pop" in left knee after tangle with Andre Iguodala and will undergo MRI later today
The Bird Writes "When Tyreke Evans left the game before halftime to trudge back to the locker room you could feel the hearts of New Orleans Pelicans fans sink. We did not expect the Pelicans to come out of the first round victorious but staying competitive (the Pels were not at the time) and healthy seemed to be..." April 19
San Francisco Chronicle "In looking around the Warriors’ postgame locker room Saturday afternoon, it wasn’t altogether obvious whether they had beaten New Orleans in Game 1 of the teams’ best-of-seven, first-round series. Many of the players cleared out of Oracle Arena quickly, instead of hanging around and messing..." April 19
Warriors coach Steve Kerr said he could turn to rookie James Michael McAdoo in the defensive rotation trying to slow down Pels Anthony Davis
Sports Business Daily "Nike is close to securing a long-term NBA uniform rights deal. Sources said the framework for a deal has been reached, the outline of which will be presented to ownership today in N.Y. during a meeting of the Exec Committee and tomorrow before the full NBA BOG. Multiple sources said that while the..." April 17
Starting next season, NBA and NBPA agree to add HGH blood testing to anti-drug program.
New Orleans Times-Picayune "In a pivotal regular-season finale, the New Orleans Pelicans' postseason hopes hinged on beating the defending champion San Antonio Spurs for the third time this season. With a sellout crowd decked out in red and on its feet for nearly the entire fourth quarter, the Pelicans celebrated in front..." April 16
Ownership gave GM Dell Demps and Monty Williams preseason mandate to make playoffs to keep jobs, w/ no allowance for injuries. They made it.
New Orleans Times-Picayune "The New Orleans Pelicans left the Target Center Monday night still with high stakes unfinished business ahead trying to secure their first postseason berth since the 2010-11 season. New Orleans beat the Minnesota Timberwolves 100-88 at the Target Center. But the Pelicans (44-37) didn't seal..." April 14
NBA.com "The Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James once again leads the National Basketball Association's list of most popular jerseys. This marks the sixth consecutive time James has claimed the No. 1 position on the list and his third such honor as a member of the Cavaliers. The rankings are based on overall..." April 14
Fox Sports Southwest "The Pelicans will take any boost they can get in their playoff quest against the Oklahoma City Thunder, and the return of Jrue Holiday is proving to be an invaluable push for New Orleans. Holiday first played Friday versus the Phoenix Suns after a 40-game absence meant to allow a stress..." April 13
Houston Chronicle "James Harden had dragged the Rockets back into the game, mercilessly going at the New Orleans Pelicans defense until the Rockets’ 10-point deficit was gone and the game was tied heading into the fourth quarter. The Pelicans, however, were not going to go down after a flurry of left hooks. Too..." April 13
Yahoo! Sports "Rod Thorn, on his second run as the NBA's president of basketball operations, plans to leave the league office and retire in August, sources told Yahoo Sports. Thorn is highly regarded around the league, a figure who commands respect among executives, coaches and players. Thorn, 73, returned..." April 13
Sports Business Daily "PepsiCo has signed a five-year NBA deal, making it one of the league’s largest sponsors and ending a 29-year relationship between Coke and the NBA. The deal includes Pepsi’s extensive portfolio of salty snacks, like Doritos and Ruffles, and packages rights to the WNBA, NBA D-League and USA..." April 13
Pelicans say Dante Cunningham has a right knee contusion, but is expected to play.
NBA.com "Despite accidentally being struck in the throat Friday by Phoenix’s Earl Barron, forcing him to exit the game for roughly two quarters, Anthony Davis practiced Saturday and participated fully in Sunday’s morning shootaround at the Toyota Center. Meanwhile, Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday also..." April 12
For tomorrow night's game at Houston: Dante Cunningham (right knee contusion) – QUESTIONABLE
Anthony Davis still having problems speaking, but it didn't keep him from practicing on Saturday after taking blow to throat on Friday night
New Orleans Times-Picayune "In a game the New Orleans Pelicans needed to win to keep a lead in the race for an NBA playoff spot, star forward Anthony Davis missed nearly two full quarters Friday against the Phoenix Suns. Instead of playing, Davis was in the locker room getting treated for a throat contusion injury that..." April 11
CBS Sports Fantasy News "Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday is considered questionable for Friday's game against the Suns, the team announced. He will be a game-time decision." April 10
Grizzly Bear Blues "BANGO. On a night that felt more must-win-y than just about any other, the Memphis Grizzlies hammered the New Orleans Pelicans 110-74 at FedExForum. With the Western Conference standings closing in on the Grizzlies like the trash compactor in Star Wars, Zach Randolph (15/13/6) and Co. (six..." April 09
New Orleans Times-Picayune "After halftime, Anthony Davis was determined to carry his teammates. He particularly didn't like how the first half ended with the Pelicans sputtering against the hard-charging Golden State Warriors. Trailing by an early 14-point deficit, the Pelicans struggled to make shots and during a..." April 08
USA Today "Kevin Durant may finally be getting his way. Sort of. Nearly three months after the Oklahoma City Thunder star voiced his opinion that NBA players should vote on the league's regular season awards instead of the media, first-year National Basketball Players Association executive director..." April 08
Complex "To their credit, the Warriors have continued to play hard over the last week despite the fact that they've clinched home court advantage throughout the NBA Playoffs and are, essentially, playing for nothing right now. Sure, they got blown out against the Spurs on Sunday. But for the most part,..." April 08
New Orleans Times-Picayune "With only six games remaining in the regular season, Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday's possible return still remains in question because of his stress reaction injury in his lower right leg. And although coach Monty Williams hasn't ruled out hope for Holiday's possible return, it is starting..." April 07
New Orleans Times-Picayune "All the extra time Pelicans backup guard Norris Cole spent earlier this week putting up shots after practices appeared to be beneficial on Wednesday night at the Staples Center. In a crucial game to start their three-game road trip, Cole made an impact with 17 points on 8-of-12 shooting to help..." April 02
NBA.com "After missing 18 games due to an MCL sprain in his right knee, Ryan Anderson will be back on the court Wednesday vs. the Los Angeles Lakers, a much-anticipated return to the lineup for a New Orleans team that’s getting closer to full strength. Anderson was sidelined Feb. 21 at Miami with the..." April 01
Yahoo! Sports "It's been a pretty exciting regular season, and it looks like it ought to be a similarly thrilling postseason push to June's NBA Finals. But amid all the bright, shining Stephen Curry bombs, James Harden stepbacks and Anthony Davis detonations, it's become difficult to ignore the stormclouds..." March 31
The Score "This season's MVP race is as hotly contested as any the NBA has seen in a quarter century, with Stephen Curry, James Harden, Russell Westbrook, LeBron James, Anthony Davis and even Chris Paul enjoying MVP-caliber campaigns. Of course, only one of those superstars will lift the Maurice Podoloff..." March 31
New Orleans Times-Picayune "At this point in the season, the Pelicans cannot afford to have any slip ups. They need to win as many games as possible to stay in contention for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. On Sunday afternoon, the Pelicans didn't squander an opportunity facing a injury-ravaged Minnesota..." March 30
Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA’s current salary cap is $63.065 million. Larry Coon projects $67.4 million for next season. When I projected future caps under the new national TV contracts, using admittedly conservative numbers, I got $87 million for 2016-17 and $94 million for 2017-18. Either the league..." March 28
New Orleans Times-Picayune "Without getting clearance yet to begin practicing, Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday could be forced to sit out the remainder of the season due to his stress reaction injury in his lower right leg. Holiday said his doctors have a possible timetable, but he has not asked about it. Although he..." March 27
Houston Chronicle "It took their largest comeback of the season for the Rockets to finally subdue the Pelicans. After trailing by 17 points in the first half Wednesday night, the Rockets tightened up defensively, got their offense flowing, and erased the deficit to beat New Orleans 95-93. As many have this..." March 26
#Pelicans PF Ryan Anderson said he hopes to play in a week but is not sure if that will be possible. 'We're doing more and more each day.'
.@OchsnerHealth injury update: Tyreke Evans (left ankle sprain) & Omer Asik (right calf strain) are both expected to play tonight vs. HOU.
The Pelicans have signed Toney Douglas for the rest of the season, via source. Had been on 10-days.
Clips Nation "The road team entered today's matchup yet again shorthanded, as things seemingly have been for most of the past three seasons in the Crescent City. Jrue Holiday and Ryan Anderson had already been out for a while now, and today Omer Asik and Tyreke Evans joined them among the wounded, while Anthony..." March 23
Omer Asik (right calf strain) and Tyreke Evans (left ankle sprain) are QUESTIONABLE for today's game against the Clippers.
Pro Basketball Talk "The NBA has recently begun publishing Last Two Minute reports of calls made by the officials in all games where the margin was within five points with two minutes to play. Fans may disagree, but for the most part, the referees at the NBA level do a consistent job of officiating well in a..." March 22
Houston Chronicle "NBA commissioner Adam Silver remained optimistic about many of the changes he has sought, but said the changes to the draft lottery approved by the majority of NBA teams will likely be postponed because the NBA Players Association turned down his proposal for a more gradual increase of the salary..." March 21
Arizona Republic "The Suns won Thursday night in a way that would rival any of their ugliest victories over 47 years of NBA basketball in Phoenix. They escaped the falling bricks and wounded bodies to beat New Orleans 74-72 at a sold-out US Airways Center, matching the lowest victorious scoring total in..." March 20
.@OchsnerHealth injury update: Anthony Davis (left ankle sprain) will not play tonight vs. the Suns
New Orleans Times-Picayune "Pelicans star forward Anthony Davis didn't have a breakout performance on Tuesday night like he did a week ago against the Milwaukee Bucks when he matched his career-high 43 points. He also didn't flirt with a potential quadrupal-double like he did during last Sunday's double overtime loss to..." March 18
USA Today "Enticing cross-conference NBA playoff matchups capture the imagination, presenting the idea of a fair and just basketball world in which only the best of the best are welcome. Dare to dream about the possibilities. LeBron James vs. Kevin Durant (or, for that matter, Russell Westbrook) as..." March 17
Denver Post "Desperation pushed the tempo to be faster and made the pressure more palpable. New Orleans was playing for its playoff life. The Nuggets were out to put a dent in those plans. The result was one of the most entertaining, nail-biting, riveting games the Nuggets have been a part of all..." March 16
Real GM Basketball "Anthony Davis can agree upon a five-year "designated player" extension this offseason with the New Orleans Pelicans. If signed this offseason, Davis would essentially get a six-year max deal with the big jump in pay beginning in 2016." March 16
ESPN.com "The New Orleans Pelicans' futility this season, in which they sit a game out of the playoff picture with a month to play, was perhaps illustrated best by Anthony Davis' performance on Sunday night. Davis played with historic urgency and abandon. Yet the Pelicans lost 118-111 in double overtime..." March 16
New Orleans Times-Picayune "For the first time since re-injuring his stress reaction injury in lower right leg, Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday went through some limited shooting work on the court Friday. Pelicans coach Monty Williams said Holiday took some shots before practice, but there remains no further update on..." March 13
SB Nation "The NBA Players Association has officially rejected cap smoothing when the new TV deal comes into play. Get ready for an absolutely wild summer in 2016. The National Basketball Players Association has informed the NBA that it will not agree to "smoothing" of the salary cap prior to the 2016-17..." March 12