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Dante Cunningham
Dante Cunningham
Position: F
Born: 04/22/87
Height: 6-8 / 2.03
Weight:229 lbs. / 104.3 kg.
Pelicans forward Dante Cunningham said he spoke to NBA officials and said the league is investigating two separate second-quarter incidents involving him in Sunday’s game against Golden State. Both Harrison Barnes and Draymond Green were struck in their face inadvertently by Cunningham on two separate plays. Barnes suffered a nasal fracture, a chipped tooth and had a mouth laceration that required stitches. He did not return after he left the game holding a towel to his mouth with 10:29 remaining in the second quarter. Green suffered a bloody nose after catching Cunningham’s elbow just before halftime. However, he returned to play in the second half to help spark the Warriors to a 128-122 overtime victory that extended their winning streak to 16 consecutive games.
New Orleans (8-8) used one of its two open roster spots to sign Cunningham, who worked extensively with Pelicans Coach Monty Williams when both were in Portland during Cunningham’s rookie year of 2009-10. That relationship was one reason the Villanova product was enthusiastic about signing with New Orleans. “It’s a blessing,” Cunningham said. “Coming from Portland my rookie year, he was a coach I looked up to. He taught me the ropes, taught me how to be a professional. Taught me what you need to do to be successful in this league. Clearly, he has the formula. Coming out of the situation I was in, I couldn’t ask for a better situation than this right here.”
Despite not being on an NBA roster, the 27-year-old stayed ready by working out and playing basketball in Pennsylvania and at Nike’s campus in Portland, where he played two seasons for the Trail Blazers. Cunningham was signed by the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday morning and will be available to play in tonight’s game at Golden State (9:30 p.m., TNT). “It’s a great opportunity to get here, sign and be part of this great organization,” Cunningham said at Pelicans shootaround this morning. “It’s been a rough couple months, but at this time, it’s definitely behind me. I’ve learned, I’ve grown and I’m a stronger person for it. Being back where I love to be (playing basketball), it’s definitely a weight off of my shoulders. … My name is cleared. I’m now just trying to rebrand it and make sure it’s ‘Dante Cunningham’ once again.”