The Final Score Archives

Sources: Pelicans will extend qualifying offers to Norris Cole and Jeff Withey, shedding light on the team’s likely plans in free agency

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans guard Norris Cole (30) celebrates a shot with New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans (1) against the Golden State Warriors at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Thursday, April 23, 2015.

The New Orleans Pelicans are taking aim at the salary cap. On Monday, league sources confirmed to The Advocate that the franchise will extend qualifying offers to a pair of reserves — guard Norris Cole and center Jeff Withey — pushing the amount of committed money on the team’s payroll within $5.5 million of the $67.1 million projected… Continue reading →

Report: NBA ordered 76ers to pay Pelicans $3 million after not disclosing Jrue Holiday’s injuries

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Injured players Jrue Holiday, left, and Jason Smith sit on the bench as the Pelicans play the Golden State Warriors on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2014

The New Orleans Pelicans received $660,000 from the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday when they traded away the 56th pick in the NBA draft. They apparently received much more last season from a 2013 trade. According to The Philadelphia Inquirer, the NBA ordered the 76ers to pay the Pelicans $3 million last season after not fully… Continue reading →

Big man Greg Monroe, formerly of Georgetown and the Detroit Pistons, looks for his niche

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Pro basketball player, Greg Monroe, speaks to some children at his basketball clinic at Delgado College in New Orleans on Saturday, June 27, 2015.

When the NBA’s free-agency period begins Wednesday, New Orleanian Greg Monroe will be one of the top big men available. Monroe, an unrestricted free agent who played five years with the Detroit Pistons, joins centers Marc Gasol and DeAndre Jordan and power forward LaMarcus Aldridge as those available who could most bolster a team’s frontcourt. Five teams have… Continue reading →

With a maximum contract offer coming his way this week, will the Pelicans’ Anthony Davis break the mold again?

Associated Press photo by MARCIO JOSE SANCHEZ -- New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis

It is often said that Anthony Davis breaks the mold. The New Orleans Pelicans’ superstar forward combines length, athleticism, bounce, shooting touch and court vision into a package rarely displayed on an NBA floor. And he’s about to be offered the dollars required to remain in New Orleans for the foreseeable future. At 12:01 a.m. EDT on… Continue reading →

After quiet draft, Pelicans add Jay Hook, Bryce Dejean-Jones to roster for summer league

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Tulane Green Wave guard Jay Hook (24) shoots against UCF Knights forward Kasey Wilson (32) on Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015.

The New Orleans Pelicans didn’t add any players to their regular-season roster during Thursday’s NBA draft, but the team did boost its roster for the summer league Friday. The team selected Michigan State forward Branden Dawson with the No. 56 pick Thursday but immediately sold his rights to the Los Angeles Clippers for $600,000.… Continue reading →

Tulane sharpshooter Jay Hook, Iowa State guard Bryce Dejean Jones to join Pelicans for summer league in Las Vegas

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Tulane Green Wave guard Jay Hook (24) shoots against UCF Knights forward Staphon Blair (52) at Tulane University in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015.

Jay Hook will have a familiar name across his chest to start his professional career. The former Tulane sharpshooter told The Advocate he will attend Summer League with the New Orleans Pelicans. His first game will be July 10 against Milwaukee at the Cox Pavilion in Las Vegas. Hook played for four years under coach Ed Conroy, becoming the team’s most reliable… Continue reading →

Pelicans draft Michigan State’s Branden Dawson, sell his rights to the Los Angeles Clippers

Michigan State forward Branden Dawson  (Photo: Seth Wenig, Associated Press)

The New Orleans Pelicans selected Branden Dawson of Michigan State with the 56th overall pick of the NBA draft Thursday night. The team immediately announced that the pick had been sold, but it did not say to which team. A source confirmed to The Advocate that Dawson’s rights are heading to the Los Angeles Clippers; the team… Continue reading →

Timberwolves select Karl-Anthony Towns with NBA draft’s No. 1 pick

Karl-Anthony Towns, right, is greeted by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being announced as the top pick, by the Minnesota Timberwolves, at the NBA basketball draft Thursday, June 25, 2015, in New York. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens)

NEW YORK —The Minnesota Timberwolves selected Kentucky’s Karl-Anthony Towns with the first pick in the NBA draft on Thursday night. The Timberwolves went for the freshman center in their first time owning the No. 1 pick. They can add him to a young roster featuring Rookie of the Year Andrew Wiggins, who was… Continue reading →

Lewis: Finally on board, Alvin Gentry is ‘good from the start,’ like he says his Pelicans will be

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD  -- New Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry holds up a jersey Monday, June 22, 2015, during a press conference introducing him as the Pelicans new head coach. Pelicans Executive Vice President Mickey Loomis, left, and Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps joined him onstage.

So, Coach, what took you so darn long to get here? Well, if you’re Alvin Gentry, the three-plus weeks between your being named coach of the New Orleans Pelicans and your formal introduction Monday at the team’s practice facility were certainly worth it: helping the Golden State Warriors, of which you were associate head coach, win… Continue reading →

Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry emphasizes defense, predicts great things in Anthony Davis’ future

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD  -- Alvin Gentry speaks during a press conference Monday, June 22, 2015, introducing him as the Pelicans new head coach. Pelicans Executive Vice President Mickey Loomis, center, and Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps join him onstage at the Pelicans training facility in Metairie.

It didn’t take Alvin Gentry long to address his critics. The New Orleans Pelicans’ new head coach — who has transformed offenses into units of dazzling destruction during his previous four head coaching stints and various assistant positions — made sure to highlight the importance of defense in his first news conference with the franchise. At least three times… Continue reading →

The Pelicans’ Alvin Gentry retains Kevin Hanson and Fred Vinson, assistants under former coach Monty Williams

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD  -- New Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry, right, shares a laugh with Pelicans Executive Vice President Mickey Loomis, left, and Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps Monday, June 22, 2015, during a press conference introducing him as the Pelicans new head coach.

The final two spots on new Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry’s staff were filled by assistants who are familiar to the team’s players. Four days after Gentry was hired, news surfaced that Darren Erman would be Gentry’s associate head coach in charge of defense, and New Orleanian Robert Pack would be the backcourt specialist. At Gentry’s introductory news conference Monday,… Continue reading →

After what he’s heard from a reliable source — his brother Justin — Jrue Holiday is excited about new Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans (1) congratulates New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday (11) on his last minute basket at the end of the second quarter of the Pelicans vs. Grizzlies game on Friday, Jan. 9, 2015.

Jrue Holiday likes what he hears about his new coach, Alvin Gentry. And the New Orleans Pelicans point guard couldn’t find a more trustworthy source on the matter. His brother, Golden State Warriors reserve guard Justin Holiday, played under Gentry this season, and they parted ways this summer as NBA champions. “My brother spoke… Continue reading →

At the Women’s World Cup, Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday supporting wife Lauren, a midfielder for Team USA

Photo by Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press via APNigeria's Asisat Oshoala (8) leaps past Lauren Holiday of the United States while chasing down a ball during the first half of Tuesday's match.

At the Women’s World Cup, Jrue Holiday knows his place. The former NBA All-Star and current New Orleans Pelicans point guard is merely the man married to the person everyone wants to see — his wife and United States Women’s National Team midfielder Lauren Holiday is the main attraction. “No one here knows who… Continue reading →

Pelicans guard Eric Gordon exercises player option for next season

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Pelicans guard Eric Gordon has been consistently strong lately both in scoring and with assists, helping lead the Pelicans' recent surge.

Guard Eric Gordon exercised the one-year player option on his contract for the 2015-16 season, the New Orleans Pelicans announced on Thursday. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Gordon appeared in 61 games for the Pelicans last season, averaging 13.4 points while shooting a career-high .448 from 3-point range and helped New Orleans reach the playoffs for the first time… Continue reading →

Sources: Eric Gordon planning to return to Pelicans

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO  --   New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon (10) bring the up the court during action against the Brooklyn Nets at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans  Wednesday, February 25, 2015.

It may not be official, but Eric Gordon is certainly making it look that way. The New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard tweeted “#TakeFlight”, the franchise’s official hashtag, which revealed he’s planning to opt-in to the final year of his contract. Sources close to the situation confirmed Gordon’s return to the Pelicans but… Continue reading →

History suggests Pelicans are due for an offensive surge under Alvin Gentry

New Orleans Pelicans' forward Anthony Davis (23) dunks against the Brooklyn Nets during the second half of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, March 10, 2015, in New York. New Orleans won 111-91. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger) ORG XMIT: NYAH113

Dell Demps desired a faster pace as a byproduct of a revamped and rejuvenated offense. That was the determining factor when the New Orleans Pelicans general manager selected Golden State Warriors assistant Alvin Gentry to replace Monty Williams as the team’s head coach. If history is any indication, the Pelicans’ No. 8 ranking in offensive efficiency… Continue reading →

Brandon Bass high on new Pelicans assistant Darren Erman

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD --  New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) shoots over Boston Celtics forward Brandon Bass (30) during the second half Sunday, March 16, 2014, at the Smoothie King Center. The Pelicans won in overtime, 121-120.

Count Baton Rouge native Brandon Bass, a 10-year NBA veteran, as a supporter of the Pelicans new defensive guru. Bass has spent the past four seasons with the Boston Celtics — two under Darren Erman, who was recently hired as new Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry’s top assistant, charged with improving a franchise that last season dazzled… Continue reading →

Anthony Davis to be on NBA 2K16 video game cover

Photo provided by 2k Sports -- NBA 2K16 features the Pelicans' Anthony Davis as well as Golden State's Stephen Curry and Houston's James Harden.

Anthony Davis hasn’t spoken to his new coach yet. But the Pelicans All-NBA power forward is well-aware of Alvin Gentry’s reputation. “I know he’s an offensive coach who likes fast-paced, up-and-down scoring,” Davis said Thursday in a telephone interview with Reuters promoting NBA 2K16 with which he shares the cover with Golden State’s… Continue reading →

Gentry No. 1 reason to watch Finals

Associated Press file photo by Jeff ChiuGolden State coach Steve Kerr, left, and assistant coach Alvin Gentry watch from the bench against Miami in January.

Ten reasons to love the 2015 NBA Finals: 1. Alvin Gentry. The new Pelicans coach will literally be Golden State coach Steve Kerr’s right-hand man, directing the Warriors top-ranked offense. Admit it. You’ll be paying closer attention to what Golden State is doing than normal. 2. LeBron. What would the Finals be these days without LBJ?… Continue reading →

Reports: Former Pelicans coach Monty Williams to be lead assistant for Oklahoma City Thunder

Former Pelicans coach Monty Williams

It took just three weeks for Monty Williams to land another job. The former New Orleans Pelicans coach accepted a position as a lead assistant for the Oklahoma City Thunder on Tuesday night, Yahoo Sports reported. Williams spent five seasons coaching New Orleans’ NBA franchise, including a 45-win season last year that earned the team its first trip to the playoffs since… Continue reading →

Sources: New Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry selects Darren Erman, Robert Pack to join staff

Golden State Warriors head coach Mark Jackson, right, and assistant coach Darren Erman share a lighthearted moment while playing against the Memphis Grizzlies during an NBA basketball game Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, in Memphis, Tenn. (AP Photo/Lance Murphey)

Newly hired New Orleans Pelicans Coach Alvin Gentry may be preparing for the NBA Finals, but that hasn’t stopped him from putting his staff together. Darren Erman will become the team’s associate head coach in charge of the defense, while New Orleans native Robert Pack will serve as a backcourt specialist, league sources confirmed to The Advocate on… Continue reading →

Pelicans working to hire Boston Celtics' director of scouting Darren Erman as assistant coach

Darren Erman, left, and Mark Jackson (AP Photo)

The Pelicans are seeking to make Boston Celtics director of scouting Darren Erman the first member of new Coach Alvin Gentry’s staff, NBA sources confirmed and earlier report by ESPN late Monday. Erman was the architect of a top-three defense with Golden State until he was famously fired late in the 2014 season for supposedly taping a conversation with other Warriors… Continue reading →

Where he started is where he ended: How Dell Demps made Alvin Gentry the Pelicans’ next coach

Alvin Gentry smiles as he watches his Phoenix Suns in a preseason NBA basketball game against the Dallas Mavericks Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Dell Demps was worried about time, but he didn’t concern himself with the calendar. The New Orleans Pelicans’ general manager prioritized on-court pace, and he traveled the country gathering information and interviewing nearly a dozen candidates before finally agreeing to terms with Golden State Warriors associate head coach Alvin Gentry on Saturday evening.… Continue reading →

Alvin Gentry won’t join Pelicans until after NBA Finals; Gentry says he’s ‘truly honored for the opportunity’

Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry argues a call during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Charlotte Bobcats in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

The New Orleans Pelicans officially announced Alvin Gentry as the team’s new head coach late Saturday night but, as Gentry is quick to point out, there is still other business to attend to before he starts his new job. Gentry, associate head coach for the Golden State Warriors, won’t begin his new job until his team’s stint… Continue reading →

Alvin Gentry is the New Orleans Pelicans’ next coach

Phoenix Suns coach Alvin Gentry gives a signal to his players during the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2012, in Cleveland. The Suns won 91-78. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

For Alvin Gentry, it likely will go down as one of the most memorable weeks of his 60-year-old basketball life. Gentry was selected to be the New Orleans Pelicans’ next coach Saturday, sources told The Advocate. The team confirmed the hire with a news release late Saturday night. The move came just five days before Gentry, an… Continue reading →

Lewis: Lots of guys could have been the ‘right’ coach for the Pelicans, but Alvin Gentry was the way to go

Alvin Gentry (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

Yeah, we know. Alvin Gentry’s already had four shots at being an NBA head coach. Alvin Gentry’s record as a head coach is 335-370. Alvin Gentry knows nothing but offense. Alvin Gentry is 60. So what? When all is said and done, when Dell Demps had considered everyone on his list… Continue reading →

Alvin Gentry hire praised around NBA

Associated Press file photo by Danny Johnsto)Alvin Gentry questions a call while coaching the Suns in 2012.

Dell Demps’ first head coaching hire as the New Orleans Pelicans’ general manager seems to be a hit with those around the NBA. The Pelicans confirmed late Saturday night that Demps, who has been GM since 2010, has chosen Alvin Gentry as the team’s next head coach. “Gentry’s a home run hire,” Matt… Continue reading →

Chicago Bulls fire head coach Tom Thibodeau, freeing up legitimate candidate to take Pelicans post

FILE - In this May 10, 2015, file photo, Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau yells to his team during the first half of Game 4 in a second-round NBA basketball playoff series against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Chicago.  The Bulls fired Thibodeau on Thursday, May 28, 2015. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

The Chicago Bulls fired coach Tom Thibodeau on Thursday, freeing up a candidate that many speculate has a chance at the New Orleans Pelicans job. Thibodeau went 255-139 in his five seasons with the Bulls, an average of 51 wins per season. He is considered one of the best defensive minds in basketball and has ties… Continue reading →

The dominance of Anthony Davis makes the Pelicans’ head coach opening extremely rare — and extremely appealing

New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis (23) shoots between Golden State Warriors' Draymond Green, left, and Andrew Bogut, right,  during Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series Monday, April 20, 2015, in Oakland, Calif. Golden State won 97-87. (Kyle Terada/ Pool Photo via AP)

Few have been in the position where Dell Demps finds himself. As the general manager travels the country to sit down with the candidates hoping to become the New Orleans Pelicans’ next head coach, he’s aware that the pressures surrounding this selection are out of the ordinary. Sure, coaches come and go… Continue reading →