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  • Pelicans star Brandon Ingram sidelined with knee injury

    New Orleans Times-Picayune "Injuries have played a significant part in the New Orleans' Pelicans 2-7 start to the season, and they haven't yet weathered the storm. Roughly 30 minutes before Monday's Pelicans-Rockets tilt at Smoothie King Center, the team announced that leading scorer Brandon Ingram would miss..." November 12

  • Inside the NBA's silent tension surrounding Daryl Morey

    ESPN "NOBODY SAW MUCH of Daryl Morey in the days after the Houston Rockets landed in Tokyo for the NBA's Japan Games. The Rockets' general manager confined himself to his room at the Ritz Carlton in Roppongi Hills during the team's six-day visit, spotted leaving for..." November 12

  • Zion Williamson urges Pelicans fans to stay positive, has no timetable for return

    USA Today "Things certainly haven't gone the way the New Orleans Pelicans had planned since they took Duke forward Zion Williamson with the No. 1 pick in the NBA draft. Williamson suffered a knee injury during the exhibition season and is expected to miss nearly two months as he recovers..." November 08

  • Ten NBA things I like and don't like, including Luka Doncic trickery

    ESPN "As we put the first 10% of the season in the books, here are 10 things to check out: 1. We need to talk about Nikola Nikola Jokic has probably racked up more "likes" in this space than any other player. And so it is with a heavy heart that I note: Jokic does..." November 08

  • Pelicans’ Nickeil Alexander-Walker one of many Canadians drawing optimism in NBA

    Sportsnet "It says something about the evolution of Canadian basketball that a player can make his NBA debut against his hometown Toronto Raptors at Scotiabank Area and barely generate a ripple of attention. Now, given that Nickeil Alexander-Walker’s first game with..." November 08

  • Inside the NBA Brought Chris Jericho on Set and Then All Hell Broke Loose in The Wrestling Ring

    Black Sports Online "The funniest thing is Jericho’s face throughout. He is truly looking at these dudes like “what the hell is going on, I was supposed to just do a quick promo.” You can’t put a Wrestling ring in the studio and not think Shaq is going to act up. " November 08

  • Even without Zion Williamson, the Pelicans' deep depth makes things difficult

    CBS Sports "Everybody praised the New Orleans Pelicans in the summer. They wrung everything they could out of the desperate Los Angeles Lakers, got creative on draft night and added proven veterans in free agency. VP David Griffin meant business, telling Jake Fischer, then..." November 08

  • Joe Ingles seeks advice from Patty Mills, JJ Redick as he transitions into new role as the Utah Jazz's sixth man

    NBA.com "The warmup pants go first, flying through the air and into the arms of a waiting ball boy. Next comes a towel and then a jacket, launched from somewhere in the huddle of players on the sideline. It is the first timeout of the game, midway through the first quarter, and Joe Ingles emerges from..." November 08

  • Pelicans’ Brandon Ingram got ‘new lease on life’ after scary blood clot setback

    Clutch Points "Brandon Ingram’s tough deep vein thrombosis injury forced him to miss the latter part of the 2018-19 season, ending his third NBA campaign prematurely. His father Don witnessed the healing process and how tough it was for his son to digest, ultimately getting a new chance and a new lease..." November 07

  • Map Shows The Most Hated NBA Teams In Every State For 2019-2020 Season

    Total Pro Sports "he Los Angeles Lakers are truly back. After several years of being quite irrelevant when it comes to having a Championship contender, the team went out and signed LeBron James and traded for Anthony Davis in back-to-back offseasons. " November 07

  • NBA head coaching jobs are increasingly stable

    SB Nation "The NBA head coaching profession is among the least stable in all of sports. Some franchises cycle through a new head coach seemingly every year. The names who hold jobs for a decade or more are essentially legends, and even then, respected status and success is no guarantee of stability. The..." November 07

  • NBA now forbids teams from using apps that auto-delete communication with players, agents

    Pro Basketball Talk "To crack down on widespread tampering, the NBA began requiring teams to keep communications with agents and players for one year. The league can audit five teams annually. But what about workarounds? Pete Thamel, Seerat Sohi and Charles Robinson of Yahoo..." November 07

  • Ranking NBA's biggest early surprises: New-look Suns, unrecognizable Warriors, Lakers defense lead the way

    CBS Sports "The thing we most love about sports is the stuff we never see coming. They don't make movies about the favorite winning the game they're supposed to win -- instead it's the scrappy underdog who defies the odds and people's expectations with an unprecedented show of fortitude. A..." November 07

  • Free Agents Signed Now Can’t Be Traded Before Deadline

    Hoops Rumors "The NBA’s Collective Bargaining Agreement prevents a team from signing a player and then turning around and trading him shortly thereafter. If a club signs a free agent without having reached an agreement on a sign-and-trade deal, then the club isn’t permitted to trade that player..." November 07

  • Alvin Gentry says a November return to Pelicans ‘too ambitious’ for Zion Williamson

    NBA.com "Zion Williamson has proven to be a supremely talented and skilled basketball player, but the trait that will most be tested in the 19-year-old this month is his patience. On Thursday, the No. 1 overall draft pick acknowledged that he was disappointed to miss what would’ve been his..." November 07

  • Pistons Could Acquire Jrue Holiday In Potential Trade With Pelicans

    Fadeaway World "The Detroit Pistons need some help in in the backcourt. Might the Pelicans provide them with a solution? In a report from Fansided blog Piston Powered on Sunday, a potential deal with New Orleans could bring them former All-Star Jrue..." November 07

  • Former NBA commissioner David Stern all in on sports betting

    Newsday "David Stern is no stranger to the long battle against legalized betting in American sports. In 1991, he testified in the U.S. Senate hearings that led to the Professional and Amateur Sports Protection Act. The Supreme Court overturned that law 18 months ago, opening the door to..." November 07

  • Jalen Rose Explains Why Fans and Media Are to Blame for Load Management in the NBA

    The Big Lead "Kawhi Leonard is not playing tonight against the Milwaukee Bucks. Leonard will miss his second game in eight days because of load management. Both of those games just happened to be broadcast on ESPN, so no one besides Kawhi's aching back is happy with the..." November 06

  • Josh Hart says trade from Lakers to Pelicans was the best thing to happen to Brandon Ingram

    Clutch Points "Brandon Ingram has quickly taken ownership of his role as a vital starter for the New Orleans Pelicans, now also garnering consideration for the Most Improved Player award. The fourth-year wing is averaging a strong 25.9 points per game, a hefty increase from last season’s averages,..." November 05

  • The Biggest Sneaker Storylines of the 2019-20 NBA Season

    Complex "The NBA made its long-awaited return only a few weeks ago and has already provided fans with the buzzer beaters, scuffles, memes, and superstar performances they had been yearning for during the offseason. The new-look Los Angeles Lakers are dominating thus far as expected with the..." November 05

  • Joakim Noah Still Hoping To Sign With Contender

    NBC Sports Chicago "Former Bulls center Joakim Noah reportedly suffered what sounded like a potentially career-ending injury, according to ESPN’s Brian Windhorst. Windhorst reported the news on Monday on The Hoop Collective Podcast, but has since walked it..." November 05

  • Jose Calderon Announces Retirement, Joins NBPA As Special Assistant

    Real GM Basketball "Jose Calderon has announced his retirement as a player from the NBA and has joined the NBPA as a Special Assistant. The position is newly formed and a season-long position that both the union and Calderon hope will become a recurring role. " November 04

  • Rockets fan who allegedly assaulted Joe Boylan banned from all NBA, WNBA and G League events

    Yahoo! Sports "The Houston Rockets fan who allegedly assaulted New Orleans Pelicans assistant coach Joe Boylan won’t be attending any basketball games anytime soon. Manuel Garcia — who is accused of punching Boylan in the face following an Oct. 26 game — had his ban extended in a..." November 04

  • Glen 'Big Baby' Davis warns Zion Williamson ... Being your size cost me my career

    TMZ "Glen "Big Baby" Davis says Zion Williamson needs to lose weight ASAP ... 'cause he tells TMZ Sports being the same size as the Pelicans star cost him his NBA career! "That’s one of the reasons why I stopped playing was because of my..." November 03

  • Zion Williamson Hits Teammate Jaxson Hayes in Face While Celebrating

    The Big Lead "Zion Williamson is out for a few weeks with a knee injury but that doesn't mean he's not a menace on the court. Thursday night, Zion was even doing damage from the bench. With his New Orleans Pelicans teammates hammering the Denver Nuggets, Williamson was celebrating on the..." November 02

  • NBA reminds teams to keep all electronic communications with players, agents

    NBC Sports "It was part of Adam Silver’s and the NBA’s new “crackdown” on tampering — five random teams will get audited by the NBA at the end of the season. Just to make sure they didn’t break the rules. This week the NBA sent out a memo to all 30..." November 01

  • Pelicans’ JJ Redick With Best Halloween Costume

    Sportsnaut "New Orleans Pelicans veteran JJ Redick is taking this entire Halloween thing a bit too seriously. And it’s about as perfect as it gets. Check out Redick legit dressed as a LEGO ahead of his team’s game against the Denver Nuggets Thursday night. " November 01

  • Report: Zion Williamson in 'Tremendous Spirits,' Has 'Attacked' Injury Rehab

    Bleacher Report "New Orleans Pelicans rookie forward Zion Williamson is reportedly in "tremendous spirits" following mid-October surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.  Shams Charania of The Athletic reported Friday the first overall pick in the..." November 01

  • Brandon Ingram addresses not signing a contract extension with New Orleans

    The Undefeated "With Zion Williamson’s NBA debut delayed due to injury, the spotlight on the New Orleans Pelicans has turned to another intriguing newcomer: Brandon Ingram. Ingram, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2016 draft, spent his first three years in the NBA with the Los Angeles Lakers,..." October 31

  • Rookie Scale Option Decisions Still To Come

    Hoops Rumors "Thursday, October 31 is the deadline for teams to exercise rookie scale options for the 2020/21 season. These options apply to either the third or fourth year of a rookie scale contract for players who were drafted in the first round. If they’re not exercised, the player becomes an..." October 31

  • It's early, but some teams are already looking to fix holes in their rosters

    ESPN "It's only the second week of the NBA season, but front offices are already contemplating their shortcomings. There are a handful of teams who know they might have to make a significant roster move during the season. The market is mostly quiet now -- trade season doesn't really..." October 30

  • 5 Players Who Can’t Be Traded This Season

    Fadeaway World "00:29 01:05 Even though we were all expecting some big trades for this season, there are a handful of players that have recently signed contract extensions and are therefore ineligible to be moved right now. Whenever a player signs a deal, he has to wait before..." October 30

  • EA Sports cancels NBA Live 20

    Kotaku "EA Sports’ NBA Live 20, which had the honour of being officially delayed before it was even officially announced, has now been cancelled. It’s the fourth time in ten years that EA has not released an annual entry in its flagship basketball game on a home..." October 30

  • Jrue Holiday, Derrick Favors game-time decisions for Pelicans Thursday vs. Nuggets

    Clutch Points "New Orleans Pelicans teammates Jrue Holiday and Derrick Favors are listed as game-time decisions for Thursday night’s matchup against the Denver Nuggets, according to a report from Will Guillory of The Athletic. Favors, who is dealing with a bout of..." October 29

  • Houston Rockets Fan Arrested, Accused of Punching Pelicans Coach In The Face

    USA Today "The Harris County District Attorney’s Office has charged Manuel Garcia with misdemeanor assault for allegedly punching New Orleans Pelicans assistant coach Joe Boylan in the face after a Houston Rockets home game last Saturday. The incident occurred at the end of..." October 29

  • Alvin Gentry: Pelicans have reason to worry after latest loss in 0-4 start

    ESPN " In the first three games of the season for the New Orleans Pelicans, the team was scrappy and competitive despite missing No. 1 overall pick Zion Williamson. Even without Jrue Holiday in Saturday night's game against the Houston Rockets, the Pelicans were..." October 29

  • Brandon Ingram putting burden on himself to carry Pelicans without Zion Williamson

    USA Today " On the court, Brandon Ingram seems more assertive. Off the court, he seems more talkative. It reflects the growth Ingram has shown entering his fourth NBA season. It captures the perspective he gained amid three mixed years with the Los Angeles Lakers, getting traded to the New..." October 29

  • Pelicans Could Trade Lonzo Ball This Season

    Fadeaway World "After so much noise regarding the state of their revamped roster, this is certainly not how the Suns thought it would be 3 games into the season. Zion is compromised and is likely to miss more time, Brandon Ingram is refusing to sign a long-term extension, and the team is 0-3 on the..." October 28

  • Special Trade Eligibility Dates For 2019/20

    Hoops Rumors "In a pair of previous articles, we took a closer look at the trade restrictions placed on two groups of players who signed free agent contracts this summer. The smaller of the two groups featured players who can’t be traded by their current teams until January 15, having re-signed..." October 28

  • Brandon Ingram: Pelicans 'better environment' than Lakers

    USA Today "On the court, Brandon Ingram seems more assertive. Off the court, he seems more talkative. It reflects the growth Ingram has shown entering his fourth NBA season. It captures the perspective he gained amid three mixed years with the Los Angeles Lakers, getting traded to the New..." October 27

  • What would a one-free-throw rule mean for the NBA?

    ESPN "Kevin Pelton's NBA mailbag is back, featuring your questions on an experiment using a single free throw attempt for all points, Russell Westbrook's shooting numbers, the best way to enforce 3-point shooting fouls and how scoring relates to win projections. You can tweet..." October 26

  • How long is Zion Williamson out? Injury timeline, return date, latest updates on Pelicans rookie

    Sporting News "The Pelicans will have to wait a little bit longer for Zion Williamson's NBA debut. Williamson missed New Orleans' final preseason game against the Knicks, but his injury turned out to be a little bit more than "right knee soreness." The No. 1..." October 25

  • Tencent cuts off Rockets from NBA streaming schedule

    Channel News Asia "Chinese internet giant Tencent has struck Houston Rockets games from its programming schedule for the current NBA season, following through on a threat it made after a team executive angered Beijing by supporting pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong. The Rockets' 117-111 loss to..." October 25

  • Charles Barkley: Mike Pence "needs to shut the hell up"

    Larry Brown Sports "Charles Barkley issued a strong response to Vice President Mike Pence. Earlier on Thursday, Pence weighed in on the NBA’s Hong Kong-China controversy. Pence said the NBA sided with the Chinese government by silencing free speech. “Some of the..." October 24

  • Mike Pence denounces China's response to Hong Kong protests, blasts NBA for 'embracing censorship'

    CNN "Vice President Mike Pence accused the National Basketball Association of acting "like a wholly owned subsidiary of the authoritarian regime" in China on Thursday. Speaking in Washington, Pence accused the NBA and sportswear giant Nike of not sufficiently speaking out in..." October 24

  • NBA execs have differing opinions on Jaylen Brown's new Celtics contract

    NBC Sports Boston "When the Boston Celtics inked Jaylen Brown to a four-year, $115 million deal on Tuesday, plenty of C's fans were happy to see their prized 22-year-old forward get locked up for a few more seasons. But the deal left some NBA executives scratching their..." October 24

  • Adam Silver’s Fight to Save the NBA in China

    Wall Street Journal "He’s caught between the two most powerful countries on earth. American politicians have urged him to suspend business with China. Chinese state-run television has threatened retribution against him personally. But as NBA commissioner Adam Silver continues to deal with an..." October 23

  • 7 NBA Players Who Should Get Traded This Season

    Complex "The NBA season literally just got underway last night, but as we all know, so much of the NBA machine is pushed by trade rumors and speculation. Teams are always looking to get better and stars are constantly on the move. If a team says they're not trading someone, that's likely a..." October 23

  • LaVar Ball Relaunching Big Baller Brand with New Shoes, Website

    TMZ "IT'S BBBACK!!! LaVar Ball is announcing the return of his Big Baller Brand -- saying the company will be back with brand new products ... including new signature shoes!!! Remember, the BBB brand was thiiiiis close to death earlier this year when Lonzo..." October 23

  • Chinese State TV Refuses to Air NBA's Opening Night Slate

    SI "Chinese state television did not air the NBA's opening night games, ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported on Tuesday. According to Windhorst, Tencent, the NBA's streaming partner, also reduced its schedule, only deciding to show the Lakers-Clippers game. " October 23