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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 →

Anthony Davis named to All-NBA first team

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

Anthony Davis, who led the New Orleans Pelicans to the playoffs with his stellar play on both ends of the court, was selected first-team All-NBA on Thursday. It is the first such honor for Davis, the first player selected in the 2012 draft and a Western Conference All-Star starter this season for the first time. He is… Continue reading →

Warriors assistant Alvin Gentry interviews with Pelicans

Phoenix Suns head coach Alvin Gentry looks on during an NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in Oklahoma City, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012.(AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

OAKLAND, Calif. — Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr acknowledged Thursday that top assistant Alvin Gentry interviewed for the vacant New Orleans Pelicans’ job. Kerr’s comments came before the Warriors hosted the Houston Rockets in Game 2 of the Western Conference finals. He said Gentry met with Pelicans officials earlier this week, but the… Continue reading →

Pelicans' Anthony Davis picked for first-team All-NBA roster

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO -- Pelicans forward Anthony Davis works the ball up the court against Sacramento forward Jason Thompson at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014.

Anthony Davis, who led the New Orleans Pelicans to the playoffs with his play on both ends of the court, was selected first-team All-NBA on Thursday. It is the first such honor for Davis, the first player selected in the 2012 draft and who was a Western Conference All-Star starter this season for the first time.… Continue reading →

‘No model for success’ when it comes to hiring NBA head coaches

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps welcomes center Omer Asik on July 15 after trading for him from the Houston Rockets.

While New Orleans Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps is searching every corner of the world to replace recently fired Monty Williams, the speculation around his decision is running rampant. Will the Pelicans hire an experienced head coach like Chicago’s Tom Thibodeau? Will they pull someone up from the college ranks and eye Arizona’s Sean Miller? Or is there… Continue reading →

Ted Lewis: Why hiring Kentucky's John Calipari to coach the New Orleans Pelicans makes sense for all the right reasons

Kentucky head coach John Calipari yells to his team on during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game against Eastern Kentucky, Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014. Kentucky won 82-49. (AP Photo/James Crisp)

Without doing a thing, Tom Benson made John Calipari a cool $8 million Tuesday. But since it’s just another contract extension with Kentucky which he conveniently agreed to on the day when Anthony Davis and the Pelicans were suddenly in need of a new coach, Calipari won’t collect his loot until 2022. However, we could well… Continue reading →

New Orleans Pelicans VP Mickey Loomis: Monty Williams fired because 'we needed something different going forward'

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams reacts to questions at  his end of season press conference at the Pelicans / Saints training facility in Metairie, La. Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

New Orleans Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps said he thought coach Monty Williams did a good job as he improved the team’s record each of the past three seasons and guided it to the playoffs this year. And, Demps said, he had no problem with organizational structure involving a coach he did not hire. But… Continue reading →

Reaction mixed to Monty Williams’ firing among analysts, Pelicans fans; ex-NBA coach P.J. Carlesimo calls it a ‘disgrace’

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams calls out from the bench in the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Phoenix Suns in New Orleans, Friday, April 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Longtime NBA coach P.J. Carlesimo called it a “disgrace.” Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers said it was “a shocker.” The New Orleans Pelicans’ firing of coach Monty Williams on Tuesday came as a bit of a surprise to those around the league. New Orleans parted ways with Williams after five seasons… Continue reading →

Potential Pelicans coaching candidates? Check out names like John Calipari, Tom Thibodeau, Ettore Messina

John Calipari: The biggest name in college basketball coached Anthony Davis at Kentucky and Tyreke Evans at Memphis. He coached the New Jersey Nets in the mid-to-late 90s for two full seasons before being fired 20 games into his third season. But a Sporting News report surfaced Tuesday saying Calipari is on the verge of receiving a raise and extension. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

The New Orleans Pelicans have fired Coach Monty Williams after five seasons. Where do the Pelicans turn next? The gallery above includes a list of names New Orleans might target in its search to find the second head coach in Pelicans history.… Continue reading →

Ted Lewis: Ex-Pelicans coach Monty Williams 'a good man -- not just on the basketball end of things but as a person,' but...

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams reacts to having to a call a timeout after another Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) basket at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Saturday, April 25, 2015.

Well, when Pelicans owner Tom Benson last week pledged last week to do everything it takes to bring an NBA championship to New Orleans, he meant it. Although Monty Williams managed to coax a playoff season out of a team with one superstar and an oft-injured supporting cast, the people in charge of the franchise – Mickey Loomis, team president Dennis… Continue reading →

Sources: Pelicans’ Quincy Pondexter also had cartilage repaired, could be sidelined longer

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans guard Quincy Pondexter (20) reacts to the Pelicans loss to the Golden State Warriors at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Thursday, April 23, 2015.

New Orleans Pelicans forward Quincy Pondexter’s recovery from Wednesday’s surgery will last longer than expected, multiple sources with information on the procedure told The Advocate on Thursday. Rather than just having arthroscopic surgery on his left knee, Pondexter’s doctors also successfully repaired a cartilage injury, typically a more invasive surgery that requires a significantly longer recovery time. The… Continue reading →

Sources: Joe Dumars not taking over as Pelicans' head of basketball operations; Monty Williams, Dell Demps likely staying

Associated Press photo by CARLOS OSORIO -- Detroit Pistons President of Basketball Operations Joe Dumars is seen during a news conference where Maurice Cheeks was introduced as the new head coach Thursday at The Palace of Auburn Hills, Mich.

Scratch those Joe Dumars to the Pelicans rumors. The team on Wednesday laid to rest, at least for now, speculation that Dumars, a Louisiana native and Basketball Hall of Famer, would be taking over as head of basketball operations for the Pelicans. The position is held by Mickey Loomis, who is also the Saints executive vice-president and… Continue reading →

New Orleans Pelicans forward Quincy Pondexter undergoes arthroscopic surgery on his left knee

Advocate file photo by A.J. SISCO  --  New Orleans Pelicans forward Quincy Pondexter (20) drives to the basket as Brooklyn Nets guard Deron Williams (8) defends, during action at the Smoothie King Center on Feb. 25. Pondexter underwent surgery on his left knee Wednesday.

New Orleans Pelicans forward Quincy Pondexter underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Wednesday morning, the team announced. A timetable for his return to basketball activities is not yet set. The 6-foot-7, 220-pound Pondexter, acquired Jan. 12 in a three-team trade with Boston and Memphis, was a key piece in the Pelicans’ late-season run to the Western… Continue reading →

Pelicans boast a solid core of keepers

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- Pelicans guard/small forward Quincy Pondexter, whose intensity fits well in coach Monty Williams’ system and who was a key to the team’s defensive improvement down the stretch, is under contract through the 2017-18 season.

As the New Orleans Pelicans head into the offseason looking to improve on the heels of their best season since 2011, they have the best of both worlds. The Pelicans’ core group of players, starting with All-Star power forward Anthony Davis, are all under contract. However, six of the players who were on New Orleans’… Continue reading →

Pelicans by the numbers

Associated Press file photo by Adam Hunger -- Injuries to several players, including center Omer Asik, have hit the Pelicans hard as they enter the final 12-game stretch hoping to earn a playoff spot.

5.9 — The Pelicans’ net positive in points per game with Omer Asik on the floor after the All-Star break. Asik is the team’s most coveted free agent entering this offseason. And despite his notable offensive struggles, New Orleans was better with him on the court than without him. Coach Monty Williams noted retaining… Continue reading →

Pelicans coach Monty Williams says this season was a 'great success'

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams reacts to questions at  his end of season press conference at the Pelicans / Saints training facility in Metairie, La. Tuesday, April 28, 2015.

There is a lot to be proud of concerning this recently completed season, New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams said Tuesday morning, with making the Western Conference playoffs heading the list. Williams rattled off a litany of accomplishments: winning 45 games, the Pelicans players continuing to get better as injuries hit the team, and the… Continue reading →

Pelicans coach Monty Williams wants center Omer Asik back, Jrue Holiday healthy

Advocate staff photo by A.J. SISCO -- New Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik (3) grabs a rebound during action against the Toronto Raptors at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans Saturday, February 23, 2015.

Bringing back center Omer Asik and the health of point guard Jrue Holiday are the most important issues with regard to next season, Coach Monty Williams said Tuesday. “Omer is a huge part of what we do,” Williams said during his season-ending media availability. “If you look at our defensive numbers from this year to last year,… Continue reading →

Trio of Pelicans players would like to see Monty Williams return

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams reacts to a play against the Golden State Warriors at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Thursday, April 23, 2015.

New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams said he did not receive a contract extension or a vote of confidence from team management this season. However, three core players — power forward Anthony Davis, point guard Jrue Holiday and forward Ryan Anderson — indicated on the way out to their offseason that they’d like to see Williams return.… Continue reading →

Five Burning Offseason Questions for the Pelicans

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) feels his fouled by Golden State Warriors center Festus Ezeli (31) at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Saturday, April 25, 2015.

1DOES THE MONTY AND DELL SHOW CONTINUE? Hard to believe that the pair that has taken this franchise from the bottom of the barrel to the respectability making the playoffs in the Western Division merits are under the microscope. But are they — together or separately — capable of making the franchise a true… Continue reading →

Report: Pelicans plan to offer max $140M five-year contract for Anthony Davis

Advocate staff photo by SHERRI MILLER -- New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) celebrates the Pelicans lead during the fourth quarter of the Pelicans vs. Spurs game at Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Wednesday, April 15, 2015. The Pelicans won 108-103.

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis is eligible for a contract extension starting July 1 and according to sources the Pelicans aim to give him a five-year contract around $140 million. ESPN reports the exact numbers in the deal depend on the NBA salary cap. The team has until Oct. 31 to get Davis to agree to the contract. Since Davis… Continue reading →

Pelicans notebook: Not much playing time for reserves during playoffs

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams reacts to having to a call a timeout after another Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) basket at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Saturday, April 25, 2015.

NBA coaches usually shorten their playing rotations once the playoffs begin. Reserves Alexis Ajinca, Luke Babbitt and Toney Douglas contributed a lot to the New Orleans Pelicans’ success during the run to the playoffs, particularly with key players injured. However, they were not used as the team was swept in the first-round playoff series against… Continue reading →