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  • Zion Williamson era finally here, but what type of player will Pelicans see?

    USA Today "The New Orleans Pelicans no longer have to ponder a question that has become difficult to answer. When will highly hyped NBA rookie Zion Williamson make his debut in a regular-season game? After missing the first 44 games while healing a surgically repaired lateral meniscus tear in..." January 17

  • NBA Owner Sounds off on NBA All-Star Weekend King of Court Proposal

    Heavy "NBA All-Star weekend is one of the most anticipated during the NBA season with dazzling and jaw-dropping events, such as the celebrity game, the rising stars’ game where you get you to see the league’s upcoming talent all in one place. There’s the three-point..." January 17

  • Zion Williamson expected NBA debut moved to national broadcast

    The Score "ESPN shifted its broadcast schedule for Wednesday, Jan. 22 to account for the anticipated debut of New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson, the network announced Friday. Instead of the previously scheduled game between the Denver Nuggets and Houston..." January 17

  • Brandon Ingram and the New Orleans Pelicans are For Real

    The Big Lead "Don't look now, but Brandon Ingram and the Pelicans are cooking. New Orleans pulled off a big win Thursday night, taking down the Utah Jazz thanks to a career-high 49 points from Ingram. The team has now won nine of its last 12 games. With Zion Williamson's return on the horizon, the..." January 17

  • David Griffin: Zion Williamson Gained 8 Pounds of Muscle in 1 Week in Offseason

    Bleacher Report "As the New Orleans Pelicans prepare for Zion Williamson's long-awaited debut, one challenge for the organization has been successfully managing his ability to put on muscle. Per ESPN's Baxter Holmes, Pelicans general manager David Griffin said Williamson..." January 16

  • Rodney Dangerfield is the Most Disrespected Man in the NBA History

    The Big Lead "Disrespect is a funny thing. Athletes and those tasked with motivating athletes find it everywhere. Draft position. Public opinion. Betting odds. Predictions from talking heads. If you aren't with a team, you're against them. If you're not propping them up, you're bulletin board..." January 16

  • JJ Redick: More NBA Players Worry About Looking Good on Instagram Than Wins and Losses

    The Big Lead "JJ Redick and Tommy Alter hosted Hasan Minhaj (from Netflix's Patriot Act) and Malcolm Gladwell on their Ringer podcast this week. Redick was talking about how Nickeil Alexander-Walker has looked to him as a mentor with the Pelicans in a similar manner to which Redick looked up to..." January 16

  • How Zion Williamson’s Arrival Will Shape the Second Half for the Pelicans and the NBA

    The Ringer "Do you remember when Rudy Gobert challenged Zion Williamson and lost? It happened in the preseason, so no one would blame you if you don’t. But it’s real, and I can’t forget it. Gobert is the reigning two-time Defensive Player of the Year, a dominant rim protector..." January 16

  • 3 Exciting Things to Expect Ahead of Zion Williamson's NBA Debut

    12 Up "The No. 1 pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, Zion Williams, is preparing to make his regular season NBA debut, and fans couldn't be more excited after the announcement came on Wednesday. Williamson is ready to take the NBA by storm following his knee surgery, and here are three..." January 15

  • Zion Williamson expected to debut Jan. 22 vs. Spurs

    The Score "New Orleans Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin said Zion Williamson is expected to make his long-awaited season debut at home on Jan. 22 against the San Antonio Spurs, according to ESPN's Andrew Lopez. Griffin added that..." January 15

  • Derrick Rose fined $25,000 for throwing a pen across the court into stands during Monday's loss to Pelicans

    CBS Sports "Derrick Rose had plenty of reasons to be frustrated on Monday night. His Detroit Pistons have now lost 12 of their past 15 games. Basically every veteran with value has been engulfed by trade rumors. After a spirited 12-point fourth-quarter comeback against the New Orleans..." January 14

  • Tony Parker Is The Only Player With A Positive Record Against All 30 Teams, Including San Antonio Spurs

    Hoops Hype "Tony Parker announced his retirement last summer following a memorable career that saw him win four NBA titles and make the All-Star Game six times. His final year with the Hornets was not the stuff of legend, but one particular event during that season made his NBA career even more..." January 14

  • Heat’s Jimmy Butler reveals his 5 toughest players to guard

    Clutch Points "Miami Heat star Jimmy Butler is widely considered as one of the best defenders in the league today. Recently, the four-time All-Defensive team member penned an article for The Players’ Tribune, wherein he openly spoke about some of the most challenging..." January 13

  • Zion Williamson to make NBA debut Thursday

    Sportsnaut "The long-anticipated debut of New Orleans Pelicans rookie No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson won’t have to wait much longer. According to this report, Williamson will make his NBA debut against the Utah Jazz on Thursday after missing the first 40 games of his rookie..." January 13

  • Two-Way Contract Situations To Watch This Week

    Hoops Rumors "January 15 is the last day that NBA teams can sign a player to a two-way contract this season. After that date, teams can still waive two-way players or promote them to their 15-man rosters, but they can’t bring aboard new players on two-way contracts as replacements. With that..." January 13

  • Celtics’ Jaylen Brown doesn’t believe Brandon Ingram’s extension comments were about him

    Mass Live "Earlier this month, Brandon Ingram made some waves in an ESPN article speaking about the other players who got contract extensions this summer. Ingram did not, mostly because the Pelicans needed to see him return from the deep venous thrombosis in his shoulder that ended his season..." January 13

  • Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry vows 'very limited minutes' for Zion Williamson at 1st

    The Score "For New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry, timing is everything when it comes to Zion Williamson's eagerly anticipated career debut. "He's making progress," Gentry said of the sidelined phenom Friday, according to ESPN's Andrew Lopez...." January 11

  • Knicks keep reminding they are hopeless

    New York Post "The Pelicans have gained hope in such youngsters as Zion Williamson, though he has yet to make his NBA debut, and Jaxson Hayes, who was drafted five slots after the Knicks made RJ Barrett the third pick of the 2019 draft. The Knicks don’t have that. The two teams met at the..." January 11

  • Free Agent Stock Watch 2020: Southwest Division

    Hoops Rumors "Every week, Hoops Rumors takes a closer look at players who will be free agents or could become free agents next offseason. We examine if their stock is rising or falling due to performance and other factors. This week, we take a look at players from the Southwest Division: Derrick..." January 11

  • Zion Williamson Wows With Dunk Contest-Type Jam During Pre-Game Warmups

    Sportsnaut "New Orleans Pelicans rookie Zion Williamson may not be ready to play just yet, but after watching what he did in pre-game warmups Friday, it’s clear he’s getting close. Check out this incredible dunk by Zion, who goes in between his legs before finishing the powerful..." January 10

  • Zion Williamson Swarmed In NYC, Signs a Billion Autographs

    TMZ "Zion Williamson has touched down in New York -- and the minute he stepped out of his hotel, the NBA star was mobbed by fans asking for autographs and photos! The 19-year-old New Orleans Pelicans rookie was NOT FAZED by the swarm -- he kept his composure and knocked out a ton of..." January 10

  • Stephen A. Smith, Michael Wilbon to coach NBA All-Star Celebrity Game

    Sportress of Blogitude "The All-Star Celebrity Game during NBA All-Star Weekend is often one of the more entertaining events of the three-day league showcase, simply due to the novelty of watching stars chucking up shots. With ESPN televising the All-Star Celebrity Game on Friday, Feb. 14, it is not a..." January 10

  • Instagram model Tammy Hembrow: Entire sports team has invaded my DMs

    New York Post "Model and fitness influencer Tammy Hembrow is Australia’s hottest Instagram star right now — and at least one sport team agrees. The 25-year-old social media starlet has opened up on the number of direct messages she has been receiving recently from athletes around the..." January 10

  • 3 Players That Can Help Joel Embiid And Ben Simmons Win A Championship This Season

    Fadeaway World "The Philadelphia 76ers looked like the team to beat entering this season. After an eventful offseason, many expected this team to coast through the Eastern Conference, but this doesn’t seem like the case. The Sixers have fallen back to Earth after their 5-0 start and this recent..." January 09

  • Eric Stern opens up about his dad David Stern, former NBA commissioner

    USA Today "Eric Stern appreciated all the words said and written about his father, former NBA commissioner David Stern, who died on New Year’s Day. “It’s all very nice,” Stern told USA TODAY Sports in a phone interview. But what also had tremendous meaning to..." January 08

  • The Top 5 Best Destinations For Lakers' Kyle Kuzma

    Fadeaway World "With the Trade Deadline approaching, many teams are expected to make changes to their rosters. While many of the teams expected to make some moves are fringe playoff teams, there are a handful of teams at the top of the league record-wise that could look to dabble in the trade market. One team..." January 08

  • Zion Williamson Wanted to Return to Duke

    Bleacher Report "New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson said he wanted to spend another season at Duke and waited all the way until the deadline for underclassmen to declare before officially entering the 2019 NBA draft.  Williamson explained during an appearance..." January 08

  • Zion Williamson Likely To Face Minute Restrictions

    Hoops Rumors "Zion Williamson is dunking again. He’s also participating in 5-on-5 drills, which is a major step toward making his debut with the Pelicans, Andrew Lopez of relays. There remains no exact timetable for the No. 1 pick to make his debut...." January 07

  • NBA reconsidering playoff reseeding proposal

    Sportsnet "The NBA is reportedly reconsidering a proposal that would have reseeded the four conference finalists during the playoffs based on regular season record, re-shaping the league’s playoff structure, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski and Zach Lowe. Under the NBA’s..." January 07

  • NBA Execs Rip Load Management

    Bleacher Report "Want a surefire way to get almost any NBA coach to roll their eyes, snort or make some other derisive gesture? Mention load management. That is, as long as they're sure no one is looking. To be caught dismissing the practice would be "career suicide," says..." January 07

  • Zion Williamson to progress to 5-on-5 practice

    ESPN " Pelicans forward Zion Williamson is expected to return to 5-on-5 action during Tuesday's practice, a source told ESPN, another step toward his highly anticipated NBA regular-season debut. On Friday, ESPN reported Williamson needed about three or four more..." January 06

  • A reunion with Derrick Favors awaits the Utah Jazz in New Orleans

    SLC Dunk "The Utah Jazz will see a familiar face on the court tonight and for many fans he will be a sight for sore eyes. That man for sore eyes is mentioned whenever the Utah Jazz have had a loss this season. There train of though goes —> struggling bench bench —> offensive..." January 06

  • 3 potential trades for Kevin Love

    The Score "Kevin Love could use a change in scenery. The veteran power forward's stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers appears to be coming to a head after a reported outburst toward general manager Koby Altman on Saturday was followed up by an on-court..." January 06

  • From Danilo Gallinari to Chris Paul, 75 players who could be moved before Feb. 6

    CBS Sports "Just before the 2019 trade deadline, the Toronto Raptors acquired Marc Gasol from the Memphis Grizzlies, hoping that he would be the final piece of a championship-worthy puzzle. On their way to their first title in franchise history, they outlasted the Philadelphia..." January 06

  • Should Zion Williamson sit entire season? David Griffin says Pelicans will play No. 1 pick 'when he's ready'

    CBS Sports "In Zion Williamson's one and only college season at Duke, he suffered a Grade 1 right knee sprain in late February with the ACC and NCAA Tournament approaching. Duke listed him as day to day, but the conversation of whether Zion should return at all had already..." January 05

  • 6 Blockbuster Trades We Want To See This Season

    Fadeaway World "A couple of weeks ago, we finally had our first trade of the 2019-20 NBA season. Jordan Clarkson was traded to the Utah Jazz in exchange for Dante Exum and 2 second-round picks and this trade looks to be a win-win for both sides. Clarkson wasn’t in the plans for the Cleveland Cavaliers..." January 04

  • LeBron James Trolls Critics Who Said Lakers Gave Up Too Much for Anthony Davis

    Complex "The Lakers traded away almost all of its young core to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Anthony Davis. At the time of the trade, several pundits believed that the Lakers gave away too many pieces just to get one player in return. But the Lakers..." January 04

  • Three Trade Destinations For Pistons Center Andre Drummond

    The Big Lead "The Detroit Pistons went all-in when they traded for Blake Griffin in February of 2018. Just under two years later, nothing has gone right. Griffin had a career year in 2018-19, but his body failed him as the playoffs approached and Detroit was swept by Milwaukee in the first round. Three..." January 04

  • Pelicans vice president on Zion Williamson's return: 'When he’s ready, he’s going to play'

    USA Today "The Pelicans have heard the rumors surrounding Zion Williamson’s injury. So, New Orleans’ lead executive dismissed it as fast and strong as one of the dunks that the franchise’s star rookie will throw down. “You see the narrative out there that we will..." January 04

  • Brandon Ingram offended by some ‘motherf***ers’ getting contract extensions before him

    ESPN "It's Dec. 5, and the New Orleans Pelicans, losers of six straight games, are hosting the Phoenix Suns. Early in the first quarter, Kelly Oubre Jr., streaking down the court on a fast break, gathers a pass from Ricky Rubio, takes one dribble and rises toward the..." January 03

  • From Charles Barkley to Joel Embiid: The fight to modernize the NBA big man

    ESPN "JOEL EMBIID RELISHES the opportunities to launch 3-pointers. The execution of that shot, the 7-foot Philadelphia 76ers center believes, classifies him as a modern NBA player, a multifaceted big man whose skills and athleticism should not -- and will not -- confine him to a..." January 03

  • The NBA Wouldn't Be the NBA Without David Stern

    Complex "The 1984 NBA Draft, held in the Felt Forum at Madison Square Garden, was a revolution that was barely televised—it was shown on the USA Network in the middle of a weekday afternoon. What are today household names didn’t get beamed into many households. There were future Hall of..." January 02

  • Jimmy Garoppolo’s Ex-Adult Film Star Hookup Kiara Mia Reveals She Has an NBA Player Who Pays Her For Sex

    Black Sports Online "Mia Kiara says she is the reason that Jimmy G and the 49ers are back in the playoffs. Hard to argue her point. Jimmy G has been balling and it started when he took her out on a date before having sex with her.  " January 02

  • LeBron James on David Stern: ‘He definitely should have something named after him’

    USA Today "LeBron James eulogized David Stern for his global vision and shrewd negotiating tactics. But with Stern passing away on Wednesday at age 77, the Lakers star suggested another way to honor the late NBA Commissioner. “He definitely should have something named after..." January 02

  • Zion Williamson practices in full, signaling the imminent return of the NBA's No. 1 pick

    Yahoo! Sports "New Orleans Pelicans rookie sensation Zion Williamson practiced in full for the first time since a torn right lateral meniscus sidelined the No. 1 pick in October, according to The Athletic’s Will Guillory. Williamson has yet to make his NBA regular-season debut,..." January 02

  • All NBA teams will wear black jersey stripe for the rest of the season as tribute to David Stern

    The Big Lead "David Stern, longtime former commissioner of the NBA, passed away on New Year's Day at the age of 77. The league released a statement on his passing, and teams and players everywhere have been giving their thoughts on the man who became a figurehead for the game of basketball. " January 02

  • Mavs’ Luka Doncic, Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo lead 1st All-Star voting returns "The Dallas Mavericks’ Luka Doncic and the Milwaukee Bucks’ Giannis Antetokounmpo lead the NBA and their respective conferences in the first fan returns of NBA All-Star Voting presented by Google.  Doncic leads Antetokounmpo by 599 votes for the top spot among all players...." January 02

  • Buying or Selling NBA's Biggest Breakout Players

    Bleacher Report "The 2019-20 NBA season was always destined to be one for the ages. The injury bug dismantled the Golden State Warriors dynasty (or at least put it on a one-year hiatus). Dynamic duos sprouted up across the hoops landscape with Hollywood as the backdrop, where the Los Angeles Lakers..." January 02

  • ‘He thought big’: David Stern ushered in the modern NBA

    Sportsnet "The NBA All-Star Game is an annual gathering of some of the most gifted people on the planet — where some of the biggest and brightest among us shine. But so often in years past at All-Star Weekend, the event that carried the most weight — that was most anticipated by..." January 01

  • Former NBA Commissioner David Stern dies at 77 after brain hemorrhage

    CBS Sports "David Stern, the former commissioner of the NBA, has died at 77 after suffering a brain hemorrhage in December, the NBA announced Wednesday.  Stern was the commissioner of the NBA from 1984 through 2014, presiding over a period of immense growth for professional..." January 01