Pelicans Rumors & News

  • Craig Sager to receive Jimmy V Award for Perseverance

    College Spun "During the Western Conference Finals, NBA fans can find Craig Sager doing his normal job, handling sideline duties for TNT. Sager, who was given just a few months to live back in March, continues to work the job he loves, even driving hours from chemotherapy treatments to make sure he’s in time..." May 24

  • Mission Impossible: African-Americans & analytics

    The Undefeated "The mission was to find black folks who spend anytime talking about advanced analytics, whose conversations are framed by — or even casually include references to — win shares or effective shooting percentage, WHIP (walks and hits per inning pitched) or points per 100 possessions. It’s a failed..." May 24

  • Three teams who could trade for Tyreke Evans

    Pelican Debrief "The New Orleans Pelicans have a potential planning nightmare on their hands this offseason with Tyreke Evans still residing on the roster. Despite his talents, his presence necessarily limits the ability to develop a young ball handler selected in the draft. Whether it be Kris Dunn or another..." May 19

  • Tales from the NBA draft lottery

    ESPN "For a moment in the closed-off lottery drawing room, there is real suspense. The machine with the 14 pingpong balls inside flips on, the balls fly around, and a timekeeper with his back to it waits 20 seconds before raising his hand, the signal for the operator to suck up the first ball. Those..." May 18

  • Ryan Anderson says he was nearly traded to Cavs, looks forward to free agency market

    The Advocate "Ryan Anderson might well leave the New Orleans Pelicans in free agency this summer. He almost left New Orleans a little sooner. As a guest on “The Vertical Podcast” with JJ Redick on Monday, Anderson said he nearly was dealt to the Cleveland Cavaliers at the trade deadline before Cleveland..." May 17

  • Alvin Gentry will join Pelicans GM Dell Demps to scout NBA Combine prospects

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry will join general manager Dell Demps to scout players during the NBA Draft Combine that began on Wednesday in Chicago. Gentry was forced to skip the opening day of the Combine to attend his induction into the Boys & Girls Clubs of Alumni Hall of Fame on..." May 12

  • Barkley bemoans current NBA: 'Worst I've ever seen'

    The Score "Another day, another retired player complaining about today's game. Charles Barkley made an appearance Wednesday on the Dan Patrick Show to deliver a take down of the modern game. "The NBA is watered down," Barkley said. "The NBA is the worst I’ve ever seen it." Keep in mind Barkley was..." May 11

  • Tim Donaghy: '100 percent' of NBA refs gamble

    Fox Sports "Whether you believe all his claims or not, few (if any) know the inner workings of the NBA and the role referees play in determining outcomes of games better than Tim Donaghy does. The disgraced former ref worked in the NBA for 13 seasons, until an FBI investigation revealed that he had bet on..." May 05

  • NBA to ban alcohol and gambling advertisements on jerseys

    Sportsnaut "The NBA will soon allow advertisements on jerseys but according to ESPN’s Darren Rovell, the companies eligible for advertisements will be limited. Rovell also added that the NBA can veto any other possible company. There are no big surprises here, but a few things do stand..." May 04

  • Why NBA Players Lie About Their Height

    Wall Street Journal "Kevin Durant is 6-foot-9. That’s his height by all official accounts—the NBA, the Oklahoma City Thunder, his Wikipedia page—and that’s how Durant will be described throughout the basketball playoffs. As it turns out, though, there is one person who disagrees. His name is Kevin Durant. This..." May 03

  • Craig Sager Helped Talk Dennis Rodman Out of Committing Suicide in 1993

    Complex "Dennis Rodman thought long and hard about taking his own life back in 1993, and in the past, he hasn’t shied away from talking about it. He wrote about his suicidal thoughts in his 1996 book, Bad As I Wanna Be, and during an interview on In Depth with Graham Bensinger in 2011, he spoke openly..." April 26

  • Dell Demps To Meet With Pelicans' Ownership, Expected To Keep Job

    Real GM Basketball "Dell Demps will meet with officials from the New Orleans Pelicans' ownership on Monday. The expectation is Demps will be retained as general manager." April 23

  • NBA Players Admit to Checking Their Cell Phones at Halftime

    Complex "It’s been more than seven years now since Charlie Villanueva made headlines—and pissed off then-Bucks head coach Scott Skiles—by sending out this tweet at halftime of a Milwaukee game And while most NBA players have refrained from tweeting during games since then, they apparently haven’t..." April 21

  • Pelicans medical staff grades poorly in comparison to their NBA rivals

    The Bird Writes "In yesterday's press conference, Alvin Gentry pointed to injuries first and foremost. They were a common theme, and towards the end of his speech he gave the medical staff a strong vote of confidence. Should he have? The Los Angeles Lakers set the NBA injury benchmarks in previous years,..." April 15

  • Anthony Davis begins multi-month process to return to court "His season officially ended March 20, but Anthony Davis was spotted regularly during the New Orleans Pelicans’ final few road trips, discussing basketball with some of his less experienced teammates and providing moral support during games. At first, the three-time All-Star was forced to get..." April 15

  • Timberwolves set franchise scoring record in win

    The Sports Xchange "MINNEAPOLIS -- Amid speculation that their head coach will not return next season, the Minnesota Timberwolves closed out the 2015-16 season with an impressive flourish. The Timberwolves routed the visiting New Orleans Pelicans 144-109 Wednesday at Target Center, setting a franchise record..." April 13

  • Scar tissue: Behind the curtain of the Pelicans' training operations

    ESPN "Ask virtually anyone within the New Orleans Pelicans organization about the mass of injuries the team has endured this season, and they'll tell you the same thing: They've never been part of anything like this in their NBA careers. "I say this is a Job season," says Alvin Gentry, who is in his..." April 13

  • Sources: NBA owners expected to pass rule allowing ads on jerseys

    ESPN "NBA owners are scheduled to vote this week on putting ads on jerseys for the 2017-18 season, multiple sources told ESPN. The measure is expected to pass, according to sources. Several teams have begun testing the market to sell the potentially lucrative ads, which would be placed in a..." April 12

  • Butler sparks Bulls' win over Pelicans

    The Sports Xchange "NEW ORLEANS -- For a team viewing the upcoming NBA playoffs from the outside looking in, these are the dog days of spring, and no one knows that better than Chicago Bulls guard Jimmy Butler, who has played the last month while battling a sore knee. But when the Bulls needed him the most..." April 11

  • Pelicans' Holiday undergoes successful eye surgery

    The Score "New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday underwent successful surgery Monday to repair an orbital wall fracture in his right eye. The 25-year-old was shut down for the remainder of the season March 29 after suffering the injury the night before. The timetable for Holiday's return is 6-8 weeks,..." April 11

  • Bryant opens final road trip with ovations in New Orleans

    The Sports Xchange "NEW ORLEANS -- As his emotional farewell tour tiptoes relentlessly toward closing night, Kobe Bryant opened the final three-game road trip of his 20-year NBA career Friday night. The 18-time All-Star with the five championship rings was right at home at center stage, soaking up a pair of..." April 08

  • Perkins joking about Durant confidentiality agreement

    The Score "New Orleans Pelicans center Kendrick Perkins decided to have some fun with reporters in Boston on Wednesday night, but he may not have taken into account the media environment of 2016. Perkins admitted to The Oklahoman's Anthony Slater that his comment about good friend Kevin Durant forcing him..." April 08

  • Celtics sweat out win over Pelicans

    The Sports Xchange "BOSTON -- Brad Stevens had a feeling his team, coming off a five-game western trip and battling for playoff position, could be in for a rough time Wednesday night. Yes, even against the decimated New Orleans Pelicans. "I thought we looked a little road weary, but on those nights you..." April 07

  • Stephen A. Smith the latest to link Joe Dumars to Pelicans

    The Bird Writes "When there's smoke, there's fire. In this case, we are once against discussing the possible (eventual?) link between Joe Dumars and the New Orleans Pelicans. These rumors have lingered now for years. Fletcher Mackel of WDSU thought Dumars was going to take control in February of last year. Ken..." April 07

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

    The Comeback "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..." April 06

  • 76ers earn 10th win against Pelicans

    The Sports Xchange "PHILADELPHIA -- Asked about the significance of his team's 10th victory of the season, Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown feigned ignorance. His team, meanwhile, feigned competence. Reserve Carl Landry went 9 of 10 from the floor and scored 22 points as the Sixers beat the depleted..." April 05

  • Smoothie King Center's security undergoes shakeup after young boy runs onto court

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "An usher lost her job and a New Orleans police officer will no longer be hired by SMG to work security details for Pelicans games because of a breakdown that enabled a young boy to run onto the court to hug New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony during a game last week at the Smoothie King..." April 05

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    Jeff Zillgitt @JeffZillgitt

    Shaquille O'Neal, Jerry Reinsdorf Sheryl Swoopes and Yao Ming join Iverson, Izzo in 2016 Basketball Hall of Fame class.

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    Rod Walker @rwalkeradvocate

    Sources say #Pelicans will sign Jordan Hamilton for the rest of the season

  • Frazier stands out as Pelicans past Nets

    The Sports Xchange "NEW YORK -- A massive amount of injuries have created numerous opportunities to contribute to the New Orleans Pelicans in the waning days of the season. Perhaps nobody is capitalizing on those chances more than Tim Frazier. Frazier had the best game of career Sunday, collecting career..." April 03

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    Brett Dawson @BDawsonWrites

    Ryan Anderson will see a specialist in Philadelphia Monday, when he'll get a better sense of whether his sports hernia will require surgery.

  • Jimmer Fredette 'I Might Go Play In Europe Next Year'

    TMZ "He's killing it in the D-League ... but Jimmer Fredette might not stick around to see if the NBA calls him up again ... telling TMZ Sports he's considering taking his talents overseas. 27-year-old Fredette -- the 10th overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft -- didn't blossom into a superstar right..." April 01

  • Fill-ins carry Pelicans past Nuggets

    The Sports Xchange "NEW ORLEANS -- The names on the back of the New Orleans Pelicans' jerseys might as well be written in Sanskrit they are so unfamiliar, even to hardened NBA fans. However, what Luke Babbitt, Toney Douglas, Tim Frazier, Jordan Hamilton and James Ennis have going for them is a burning desire to..." March 31

  • Spurs improve home start to record 38-0

    The Sports Xchange "SAN ANTONIO -- The San Antonio Spurs soared through their first 76 games of the regular season, setting team and league marks with almost every win they recorded in the past month of a benchmark campaign. All that will mean nothing, the Spurs testify, if there is not a championship added to..." March 31

  • Pelicans' Anthony Davis battles boredom following knee surgery

    ESPN "Anthony Davis' season has been over for more than week, but he is now facing one of his biggest challenges yet: boredom. "Nothing. Just bored," Davis, the New Orleans Pelicans star, told ESPN on Wednesday when asked how he's filling his days away from basketball. "It's hard to find stuff to do...." March 31

  • Pelicans To Sign James Ennis To 10-Day Contract

    Hoops Rumors "The Pelicans will sign former Heat and Grizzlies swingman James Ennis, sources tell Scott Kushner of The New Orleans Advocate (Twitter links). The move appears to be a signal that the NBA has given New Orleans another hardship exception for an extra roster spot. Seven Pelicans are out for the..." March 30

  • Voodoo priest says he can fix what ails Pelicans

    The New Orleans Advocate "This is nothing a little sage can’t fix. Belfazaar Ashantison is certain of that. A practitioner of voodoo for more than 25 years and a New Orleans voodoo priest for 14, Ashantison — you can call him Zaar — is convinced that given a little time and the right access, he can undo whatever’s been..." March 30

  • The Power and Polarity of Peter Vecsey

    The Big Lead "It was a late afternoon in early December 1997. Peter Vecsey had an 8 pm deadline for his New York Post column, which ran three times per week, but the Golden State Warriors weren’t returning his calls. Vecsey had recently reported that Latrell Sprewell was on the trade block, and was trying to..." March 30

  • Who's in and who's out for Team USA Basketball's 2016 Olympics roster?

    SB Nation "Team USA Basketball will try to take home its third consecutive gold medal when they head to Rio de Janeiro for the 2016 Summer Olympics. But before Team USA officially begins that quest, they must select a 12-man roster. USA Basketball managing director Jerry Colangelo and head coach Mike..." March 30

  • Pelicans shut down Jrue Holiday for the season, among other injuries

    Pro Basketball Talk "With just a couple weeks left in the season, the Pelicans are well out of the playoff picture, done in by endless injuries. That list got significantly longer on Tuesday when the team announced a lengthy list of injuries, including shutting down point guard Jrue Holiday for the season. " March 29

  • Kid runs on to court during game to hug Knicks' Carmelo Anthony

    New York Daily News "Knicks need hugs too. A young boy, unchecked by security at the Smoothie King Center, ran onto the court and hugged Carmelo Anthony in the fourth quarter of New York’s 99-91 loss Monday to the Pelicans. Anthony, who was standing at the top of the key waiting for an inbounds play, reciprocated..." March 29

  • Alvin Gentry: Phil knows Luke Walton will be ‘terrific’ head coach

    New York Post "Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry, a member of Steve Kerr’s 2015 title-winning coaching staff at Golden State, said Luke Walton will be “a terrific coach” and Knicks’ team president Phil Jackson knows it. In fact, Gentry got his hackles up because he did not believe Walton got enough credit for..." March 29

  • Injury-ravaged Pelicans rally to defeat Knicks

    The Sports Xchange "NEW ORLEANS -- In his 27 years in and around the NBA, New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry has seen just about everything, but after Monday night's 99-91 short-handed victory over the New York Knicks at the Smoothie King Center, he's starting to wonder if the voodoo stories French Quarter tour..." March 28

  • Raptors keep on Cavs' heels with win over Pelicans

    The Sports Xchange "NEW ORLEANS -- If the Toronto Raptors are to have any hope of catching the Cleveland Cavaliers for the best record in the Eastern Conference, they knew coming into Saturday night's game against the injury-ravaged New Orleans Pelicans that they had to get down to business. It took about 12..." March 26

  • Pelicans GM Dell Demps dismisses reported friction with Alvin Gentry

    ESPN "With Alvin Gentry standing by his side, New Orleans Pelicans general manager Dell Demps dismissed a report indicating friction between the two and emphasized his support for the head coach. "I just want to say, my confidence in Alvin has not wavered," Demps said Friday. "The only regret that I..." March 26

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    John Reid @JohnReid64

    Dell Demps says they are going to sign Tim Frazier for the rest of season

  • Dell Demps stating regret over hiring Alvin Gentry

    Pro Basketball Talk "Pelicans general manager Dell Demps wasn’t always on the same page with Monty Williams. A coach later, and Demps reportedly has the same problem. Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports: Dell Demps hired Alvin Gentry as his coach. And sources tell me that he spent way too much of this year..." March 25

  • Pelicans Sign Jordan Hamilton to 10-Day Contract "The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has signed forward Jordan Hamilton to a 10-day contract after receiving a hardship exception from the NBA. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. Hamilton, 6-7, 220, most recently played for the Rio Grande Valley Vipers of..." March 25

  • Davis undergoes surgery on knee, won't have procedure on shoulder

    The Score "New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis underwent surgery on his left knee Thursday, when it was also determined he won't require surgery to repair a partially torn left labrum. The latter development comes as a surprise, given that Davis said Monday he's been playing with a torn..." March 25

  • Driver in crash that killed Monty Williams' wife had meth in system

    The Oklahoman "A driver had methamphetamine in her system when she hit the car driven by the wife of Thunder assistant coach Monty Williams head-on, resulting in their deaths, according to a lab report by the state's medical examiner. Susannah Donaldson, 52, of Oklahoma City, was going 92 miles per hour 1.2..." March 25

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