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Monty Williams says chemistry will be key for Pelicans' season

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Pelicans forward Anthony Davis, right, elicits a laugh as he pretends to interview New Orleans forward Darius Miller at Pelicans Media Day on Monday in Metairie.

When last season’s training camp arrived, building chemistry on a team with four new players was considered paramount. Coming off an injury-ravaged last season, coach Monty Williams again said the jelling of his starters will be important during this training camp because they didn’t get to play together much in 2013-14. That’s why a strained hamstring… Continue reading →

Anthony Davis says he’s ‘ready to go’

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis finds a moment to practice during Pelicans media day in Metairie on Monday.

With the New Orleans Pelicans opening training camp on Tuesday, some have expressed concern All-Star forward Anthony Davis hasn’t had the proper rest needed to prepare for the rigors of an NBA season. Davis, however, expressed little concern over the matter at Monday’s media day. “Man, I’m 21 years old. If… Continue reading →

Expectations keep growing as Pelicans prepare to open training camp

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Pelicans point guard Jrue Holiday talks to coach Monty Williams during a game against the Washington Wizards in New Orleans on Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014.

With new center Omer Asik joining All-Star power forward Anthony Davis on the front line and the return of key players from last season, the Pelicans appear poised for New Orleans’ first winning season and playoff appearance since 2010-11. “Omer is a defensive center who rebounds, plays great position defense, has a high IQ and has great… Continue reading →

Who’s new on the New Orleans Pelicans? And who went where?

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.

7-foot, 255 pounds Asik had been talked about as a possible trade candidate ever since the Houston Rockets landed Dwight Howard. That deal got done over the summer, when Houston got a future first-round pick from the Pelicans (and some salary cap space relief as well). Asik, who averaged 5.8 ppg and 7.9 rpg, gives… Continue reading →

Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans to miss 3-5 weeks with hamstring injury

Utah Jazz guard Trey Burke (3) reaches in on New Orleans Pelicans forward Tyreke Evans (1) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, March 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans will miss three to five weeks with a strained right hamstring, the team announced Saturday afternoon. In the release, General Manager Dell Demps was quoted as saying Evans was injured “playing pickup basketball out of town last week.” He played 72 games in his first season with the Pelicans last year,… Continue reading →

The Pelicans unveil their new alternate uniforms on Tuesday

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Pelicans guard  Austin Rivers smiles as sixth-grader Abigail Post tries to measure how tall she is compared to Rivers as the Pelicans unveiled the team's alternate red uniform Tuesday at St. Catherine's of Siena in Metairie.

With 175 screaming fifth- through seventh-graders as the backdrop, four New Orleans Pelicans unveiled the team’s new red alternate uniforms Tuesday at St. Catherine of Siena School in Old Metairie. The players said they liked the new uniforms, which gives the team three — adding to the home white and road blue versions they wore… Continue reading →

Commissioner Adam Silver says NBA will review domestic violence policies

FILE - In this April 29, 2014, file photo, NBA Commissioner Adam Silver addresses a news conference in New York. Silver says his league will

NEW YORK — NBA Commissioner Adam Silver said Monday his league will “take a fresh look” at its domestic violence procedures in the wake of the NFL’s rash of incidents. Silver said during a community service event in Staten Island that the league has been discussing with the NBA Players Association ways to further educate players… Continue reading →

U.S. routs Serbia to claim Basketball World Cup with ease

United States' Stephen Curry, left, and Klay Thompson celebrate after wining the final World Basketball match against Serbia at the Palacio de los Deportes stadium in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

MADRID — With golden confetti raining on their heads and “Party in the U.S.A.” ringing in their ears, it must have been hard for the U.S. basketball players to hear anything. Doesn’t matter. They stopped listening long ago. All the questions about their talent, the doubts about their ability, were… Continue reading →

Pelicans wowed by Anthony Davis’ World Cup feats

New Orleans Pelicans' Anthony Davis rests between plays during the USA Basketball Showcase game Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)

All through the FIBA World Cup, the Pelicans have watched with interest as Anthony Davis has been at the forefront of Team USA’s sprint to Sunday’s title game against Serbia (2 p.m., ESPN2). To some of the players, Davis has continued what he started last season, when he showed improvement offensively and was selected to… Continue reading →

Healthier Pelicans embrace the buzz as preseason inches closer

New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday, left, picks up a loose ball as Denver Nuggets guard Ty Lawson, back left, and forward Wilson Chandler get tangled up while trying to cover Holiday in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game in Denver on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

There’s an air of excitement at the Pelicans training facility. Some of it is that training camp will start in 18 days. Some of it is the acquisition of center Omer Asik, the play of power forward Anthony Davis in the World Cup and the promise and anticipation all of that brings. But much… Continue reading →

Team USA big men surprisingly dominant

Anthony Davis of the US, right, tries to control the ball in front as Dominican Republic's James Feldeine during the Group C Basketball World Cup match, in Bilbao northern Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

The USA was expected to be in the semifinals of the FIBA World Cup in Barcelona, Spain, but not how it got there. On a team of guards such as Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Kyrie Irving, James Harden and Derrick Rose, it appeared the United States would bury opponents under a barrage of 3-pointers… Continue reading →

U.S. faces Slovenia in World Cup quarters

Associated Press photo by Manu Fernandez -- Pelicans star Anthony Davis shoots over Mexico's Gustavo Ayon during Basketball World Cup round of 16 Saturday in Barcelona, Spain. Davis scored only four points but had six rebounds, three blocked shots, two steals and an assist in the United States' 86-63 win.

BARCELONA, Spain — On a map, Slovenia is a mystery to the U.S. basketball team. “Do you know where Slovenia is?” center DeMarcus Cousins was asked by a European journalist Monday. “No,” Cousins responded. “Do you know where Alabama is?” On the basketball court, the Americans know exactly where to look: on the… Continue reading →

Stephen Curry’s 6 3-pointers send U.S. to 86-63 win over Mexico

Associated Press photo by Manu Fernandez -- Pelicans star Anthony Davis shoots over Mexico's Gustavo Ayon during Basketball World Cup round of 16 Saturday in Barcelona, Spain. Davis scored only four points but had six rebounds, three blocked shots, two steals and an assist in the United States' 86-63 win.

BARCELONA, Spain — They have a gold medal to chase and a golden U.S. basketball legacy to protect, so the Americans knew they had to bring their best to Barcelona. Stephen Curry sure did. Curry made six 3-pointers and scored 20 points Saturday, leading the U.S. national team into the quarterfinals of the Basketball… Continue reading →

Jimmer Fredette, Ryan Anderson, Alexis Ajincia looking forward to season with Pelicans

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Three New Orleans Pelicans joined students from Lycee Francais de la Nouvelle Orleans for a class project at the Audubon Park Zoo on Wednesday evening. That it was about restoration could not have been more appropriate. The students, who are enrolled in a French immersion elementary school, are in involved in marsh grass planting to help… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson cleared to play again

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Pelicans power forward Ryan Anderson posted on Instagram that he has been cleared for full participation with the team.

New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson, who suffered a serious cervical spine injury last season that resulted in surgery, posted Wednesday on Instagram that he has been cleared for full participation with the team. “I’m cleared for contact!” he said. “After 8 mos out, I can finally play again. Thank you God!” Anderson, 25, posted on his account… Continue reading →

U.S. routs Dominicans 106-71 at World Cup

United States's DeMarcus Cousin, center, dunks the ball against Dominican Republic during the Group C Basketball World Cup match, in Bilbao northern Spain, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014. The 2014 Basketball World Cup competition take place in various cities in Spain from Aug. 30 to Sept. 14. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos)

BILBAO, Spain — They were expected to be in Barcelona. They hope to finish their trip in Madrid. First, they had to take care of Bilbao. The Americans wrapped up the No. 1 seed in their group Wednesday, improving to 4-0 at the Basketball World Cup with a 106-71 victory over the Dominican… Continue reading →

Smoothie King Center getting fresh paint as part of renovations

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--Crews paint the Smoothie King Center as it continues its transition and makeover from being called New Orleans Arena in New Orleans, La. Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014.

The big bathroom look is gone. And that’s just part of the changes and improvements nearing completion at Smoothie King Center, home of the New Orleans Pelicans. Work began in late March on enhancing the appearance of the arena. The primary consideration has been to give Smoothie King Center a distinct front entrance by enlarging it and… Continue reading →

Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson lead U.S. to victory

Associated Press photo by Alvaro BarrientosAnthony Davis of the United States duels for the ball with Finland's Antero Lehto, during the Group C Basketball World Cup match on Saturday.

BILBAO, Spain — As the U.S. lead got bigger and the crowd quieter, Finland’s players were forced to have a most uncomfortable conversation. “We kind of talked a little on the bench a little bit, ‘Hey, everybody remember when we scored the last time?’” forward Kimmo Muurinen said. It was a long time. Almost… Continue reading →

Team USA prep work seems awfully familiar for the Pelicans’ Monty Williams

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams in the second half  against the Utah Jazz in an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, March 28, 2014. The Pelicans defeated the Jazz 102-95.  (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

The U.S. basketball team’s practices in preparation for the FIBA World Cup have had a striking resemblance to the Pelicans’ workouts. The focus mainly has been on defense and intensity — much like that of the Pelicans under coach Monty Williams, a Team USA assistant under head coach Mike Krzyzewski. “We get after it every practice,… Continue reading →

Anthony Davis embracing leadership role

New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis (23) at their NBA basketball media day in Metairie, La., Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

When Pelicans All-Star power forward Anthony Davis reported to the USA basketball team last month, he was expected to have somewhat of a leadership role. Davis had played on the gold-medal 2012 Olympic team and was one of the team’s few players with international basketball experience. However, after NBA MVP Kevin Durant, a 2012 holdover, decided not… Continue reading →

Pelicans sign John Salmons

Sacramento Kings forward John Salmons, left, drives against New Orleans Hornets guard Greivis Vasquez in April 2013 game. The Pelicans signed Salmons to a contract Tuesday.

The New Orleans Pelicans announced Tuesday they have signed forward John Salmons. Salmons, the 26th overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft, has appeared in 874 games (429 starts) over his 12-year career in stops at Philadelphia, Sacramento, Chicago, Milwaukee and Toronto. He holds career averages of 9.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 26.8… Continue reading →

U.S. decides bigger is better with roster

Associated Press file photo by ERIC GAY -- Anthony Davis scores against Nigeria during a preliminary men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

NEW YORK — A desire for a bigger look made Andre Drummond necessary. The belief in Derrick Rose’s health made Damian Lillard expendable. Those were conclusions made by U.S. team officials when they selected the 12 players who would travel to Spain for the FIBA World Cup of Basketball. After years of ignoring size… Continue reading →

Pelicans release their seven-game 2014 preseason schedule

Associated Press photo by JONATHAN BACHMAN -- The Pelicans' logo is seen before a game against the Golden State Warriors on Jan. 18 at the New Orleans Arena.

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today their seven-game 2014 preseason schedule, which includes two home games at the Smoothie King Center. New Orleans begins the preseason with a road contest at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. against the Miami Heat on Saturday, Oct. 4. From there, the Pelicans travel to face the… Continue reading →

Pelicans to open the 2014-15 season against Orlando at the Smoothie King Center on Oct. 28

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) shoots the ball over Miami Heat forward LeBron James, left, and Miami Heat center Chris Bosh, right, during the second half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Saturday, March 22, 2014. The Pelicans won 105-95. (AP Photo/Jonathan Bachman)

By the time the New Orleans Pelicans get some traction on their 2014-15 NBA schedule, they definitely will be road tested. The NBA released teams’ schedules at 5 p.m. Wednesday, and the Pelicans open the season at home against the Orlando Magic on Tuesday, Oct. 28, followed by a home game against the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday,… Continue reading →

Anthony Davis remains with U.S. national team after roster is cut to 16

Associated Press photo by Rick Bowmer -- The Pelicans' Anthony Davis

It’s no surprise, but the Pelicans’ Anthony Davis is still in the mix. Davis is one of 16 players remaining in the U.S. national basketball team’s roster pool after it cut three players Tuesday. Exiting are Washington’s John Wall and Bradley Beal and Atlanta’s Paul Millsap — joining Indiana’s Paul George, whose broken right leg suffered… Continue reading →

Anthony Davis looking for more growth with USA team

Associated Press file photo by ERIC GAY -- Anthony Davis scores against Nigeria during a preliminary men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis left last summer for the USA Basketball training camp after working on his game and strength. He was a sensation at the camp, gained confidence and parlayed that into a season in which he was on the NBA All-Star team. Davis again is heading out for a stint with the USA… Continue reading →

Monty Williams ready to roll with Team USA

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams yells to his players during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, March 29, 2014, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 96-80. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

During last summer’s USA Basketball training camp in Las Vegas, New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams was a self-proclaimed sponge. The youngest member of the USA staff, he soaked up knowledge from legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski. The best part of what he learned had little to do with Xs and Os, however. “A lot of the things we… Continue reading →

Pelicans sign Jimmer Fredette, Patric Young

The New Orleans Pelicans announced Thusday that the team signed guard Jimmer Fredette and center Patric Young. Terms of the contracts were not released. Fredette (6-2, 195) averaged 6.9 points, 1.9 assists, while shooting 40.9 percent from 3-point range. The former BYU standout, appeared in 49 combined games for Sacramento and Chicago and averaged 5.6… Continue reading →

Pelicans to play exhibition game in Bossier City

Associated Press photo by ERIC GAYNew Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis.

The New Orleans Pelicans will play the Dallas Mavericks at 7 p.m. October 23 in a preseason game at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City. “The CenturyLink Center is thrilled to add this NBA preseason matchup to our roster of first-rate entertainment events for 2014,” said Jake Wood, Director of Sales & Marketing for CenturyLink Center. “Hosting… Continue reading →

Addition of Patric Young is Pelicans’ latest offseason boost

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Pelicans center Patric Young runs drills at the practice facility in Metairie during a summer league minicamp Thursday, July 10, 2014.

When undrafted power forward Patric Young agreed to a two-year contract with the Pelicans on Saturday, a source told The Advocate, it was another move by General Manager Dell Demps that likely will enhance the team’s play during the 2014-15 season. Starting with the trade for center Omer Asik, the pieces appear to fit better for the… Continue reading →

Pelicans in the summer league: What you need to know

Associated Press photo by JOHN LOCHER -- The San Antonio Spurs' Darius Morris goes up for a layup against the Pelicans' Jeff Withey during an NBA summer league game Monday in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS — Summer League continues for a select few teams, but for the New Orleans Pelicans, it’s now a thing of the past. Let’s look at some of the surprises and disappointments from the Pelicans time in Las Vegas. Withey wasn’t extraordinary in summer league, but big men, especially defense-oriented ones such as… Continue reading →

Pelicans agree with Jimmer Fredette, bring back Darius Miller

Associated Press photo by JEFF HAYNES -- Jimmer Fredette

The Pelicans reached one-year contract agreements with guard Jimmer Fredette and small forward Darius Miller on Thursday, league sources confirmed to The Advocate. Both contracts reportedly are for the league minimum. Fredette, the 2011 Wooden Award winner as college basketball’s top player, gives the Pelicans the 3-point shooting threat they lost when guard Anthony Morrow signed a… Continue reading →