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Competition was the name of the game this weekend as oyster shuckers and oyster eaters alike took to Woldenberg Park in the French Quarter for Oyster Fest 2013. After participating in a tour of oyster beds earlier in the week, the New Orleans Pelicans sponsored the weekend’s festivities. Pelicans forward Jason Smith attended both days of Oyster Fest and was a judge of the oyster-shucking competition, as well as a referee of the oyster-eating competition. NBA.com

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The New Orleans Pelicans and the state legislature are teaming up to host the 10th annual House vs. Senate charity basketball game on Wednesday at 6 p.m. in Baton Rouge at the LSU’s Pete Maravich Assembly Center. The game, which is free to the public, will feature state representatives competing against senators in a full-court basketball game. Pelicans forward Jason Smith is expected to attend, along Hugo, the Honeybees, Buzz Patrol and in-game emcee Rob Nice. New Orleans Times-Picayune

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New Orleans Hornets Senior General Manager Dell Demps announced Friday that backup Jason Smith will miss the remainder of the season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder. He will have surgery to repair the injury early next week. Details regarding a rehab schedule will be released then. New Orleans Times-Picayune

February 6, 2013 Updates

Although New Orleans Hornets forward Jason Smith missed seven games with a torn labrum in his right shoulder in December, he continues to play through pain and could require surgery after this season. Smith said his sore shoulder is something he’s dealing with as best he can and some days are better than others. Smith initially injured his shoulder during a Dec. 12 game against the Oklahoma City Thunder when he blocked an attempted dunk by forward Kevin Durant. New Orleans Times-Picayune

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“How often do you get a chance to have the Super Bowl take place in the same city where you live?” said Hornets center/forward Jason Smith, explaining his decision to buy tickets. Smith is joined by Ryan Anderson, Anthony Davis, Eric Gordon, Robin Lopez, Roger Mason and Greivis Vasquez among Hornets players who bought Super Bowl XLVII tickets. Kick-off in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome – which is literally across Girod Street from the Hornets’ home arena – is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Central, giving players plenty of time to rest after a roughly three-hour flight from Minneapolis. Like several of his teammates, Smith said that his preference would have been to root for the Hornets’ NFL brothers, the New Orleans Saints. With no obvious reason to cheer for either participating team, Hornets players are split evenly between Baltimore and San Francisco. NBA.com

December 24, 2012 Updates

After missing six games due to a torn labrum in his right shoulder, New Orleans Hornets forward Jason Smith could return later this week, Coach Monty Williams said. New Orleans Times-Picayune

December 15, 2012 Updates

New Orleans Hornets forward Jason Smith suffered structural damage in his right shoulder when he blocked an attempted slam dunk by Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant with 10:01 remaining in the fourth quarter of Wednesday night's 92-88 loss against the Thunder. The team said prior to Friday night's 113-102 defeat to the Minnesota Timberwolves that Smith would be out at least two weeks. New Orleans Times-Picayune

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Those long-term plans involve rebuilding around Davis and Rivers. Only 19, Davis is the youngest basketball gold medalist in U.S. Olympic history. Rivers, the son of Boston Celtics Coach Doc Rivers, was one of the top available players in the draft and likely will start this season at point guard. "There are so many possibilities with this team,’’ veteran forward Jason Smith said. "I think we have had a good momentum swing.’’ To build chemistry, a majority of the team participated in offseason workouts that began in early August and also included a trip to San Antonio to take part in volunteer pickup games against some of the Spurs players when the Alario Center was unavailable because it was used to help with Hurricane Isaac recovery efforts. "I can’t wait to get started," Rivers said. "This is what I’ve been waiting for almost my entire life. We’re really good but we are going have to go through things, learn and get better because we're young.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

July 6, 2012 Updates

Gordon said he was surprised the Hornets drafted shooting guard Austin Rivers with the 10th overall selection, citing gaps throughout the Hornets roster, especially in the post. "I was a little surprised; we have no center and no bigs," Gordon said. "You look at our roster right now, what do we have, one big? Jason Smith? Before Anthony Davis, we had no bigs. "My thing is, if you're trying to be a good team, and you've got a young team, you've got to fill in spaces. I am the shooting guard. We've got plenty of point guards on our team right now." New Orleans Times-Picayune

May 31, 2012 Updates

New Orleans Hornets power forward Jason Smith discussed the significance of receiving the number 1 pick in the draft and the Hornets' ability to draft Kentucky star Anthony Davis. Smith added that he believes the Hornets will have a great season next year with the addition of key components to the team due to the team's picks in the draft. New Orleans Times-Picayune

April 14, 2012 Updates

With the ownership now stable, the Hornets may draw more interest from free agents. “I’m excited we have a new owner,’’ Hornets forward Jason Smith said. “I’m not sure what kind of effect it will have on us as players or coaches, but it’s exciting to have the new ownership and have us stay here in New Orleans — a good city, great crowd. “It’s a great feeling to know that we’re going to be in this city, and it’s great to know that we have somebody that wants to keep us here.’’ New Orleans Times-Picayune

Jason Smith on whether they've spoken since then ... "No, we haven't, but I just want to go out there and play hard. My whole responsibility is to play hard and give the team a chance to win. [Coach] Monty [Williams] does not condone that by any means. He wants me to play hard, play smart. [After the play] he said, 'You made a mistake. You're human. Everybody's allowed to have a mistake now and then. Obviously you don't want something like that to happen, but you did it, you move on from it, and you learn from it.' "[That apology] was more of an agreement between both of us, because I didn't want to come out and be thought of as this monster person. I wanted to really let people know that, 'Hey, that's not me. That's not Jason Smith. That's not the type of reputation that I want.' " SI.com

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