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When the USA Basketball men’s team takes the floor Thursday in Barcelona, the significance of the date – 9/11 – will not be lost on American players or coaches. On the 13th anniversary of one of the most tragic days in the nation’s history, Team USA will play against Lithuania (2 p.m. Central, ESPN), in a FIBA World Cup semifinal that will represent more than merely a basketball game. “We have a big game tomorrow, on 9/11,” New Orleans forward Anthony Davis said of the Patriot Day game vs. Lithuania. “That’s going to make that game even more special, make us play with even more energy and effort.” “Like AD said, we’re playing for a lot tomorrow,” Pelicans four-year coach Monty Williams said. “We want to win the game, but we also want to represent our country on such an emotional day, and let our fans and citizens of America know that we’re not just representing them by making buckets; we also understand that this is going to be a tough day for a lot of people. We want to bring them some joy and some happiness on that particular day.” NBA.com

September 8, 2014 Updates
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Even when New Orleans Pelicans guard Austin Rivers was the subject of trade rumors this summer, he didn't stop working. Instead of wondering where he may end up, he stayed focused on getting better. He spent time in Houston working with former NBA player and coach John Lucas and also in Los Angeles with skills trainer, Rob McClanaghan, whose clients include Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Russell Westbrook and the Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose. "I was constantly working the entire summer,'' Rivers said. ''I gained 10 pounds and I've got stronger in my upper body. This is my year. But I think at the end of the day, I think we all now understand we can only control what we can control. At the end of the day, we let all of the guys in the front office do their jobs. We just stick to what we do. We play.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

September 5, 2014 Updates

While Rivers was not distracted by trade rumors, he's also not overburden with the prospect of having to compete against tough competition to draw minutes in the rotation. Rivers said he's matured and ready for whatever comes his way. ''The growing pains are over and I went through everything, so I'm ready to ball,'' Rivers said. ''Our job is to be in the best shape we can be. We're just preparing to work and not worrying about what anybody says.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

September 4, 2014 Updates

James Harden scored 17 points, Stephen Curry added 14 and the unbeaten U.S. national team wrapped up pool play with a 95-71 victory over Ukraine on Thursday at the Basketball World Cup. Anthony Davis finished with 12 points for the Americans, who were still waiting out the final results from Group D in the Canary Islands to determine who they would play Saturday night in Barcelona. They would draw the fourth-place finisher in the round of 16. The Americans were never in any danger of losing in the second half after seizing control just before halftime against a methodical Ukraine team coached by former NBA coach Mike Fratello. USA Today Sports

New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson announced on his Twitter account Wednesday that he has been medically cleared to begin contact work. It comes eight months after Anderson suffered a season-ending neck injury on Jan. 3 when he collided with Boston Celtics forward Gerald Wallace and was carted off the court at the TD Garden on a stretcher. New Orleans Times-Picayune

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With the FIBA World Cup approaching this weekend, Davis said playing for his country does more than make him a better player. It's also a way to spend his offseason doing what he loves while showing his appreciation for others who've made greater sacrifices, and taken far greater risks, in the name of patriotism. "I love playing for USA basketball. Some guys look at it as they don't get paid, so you don't have to play or whatever," Davis said on a conference call with reporters on Thursday. "I love playing the game of basketball and any time I get a chance to represent my country, especially for all the servicemen and women who do so much for us, I think it's a great opportunity to show your appreciation. "So I love doing things like this and I look forward to future years playing for USA Basketball." USA Today Sports

August 28, 2014 Updates

January 3 was a very scary day for the New Orleans Pelicans and Ryan Anderson. The 25-year-old suffered two herniated discs in his neck at Boston that night and missed the rest of the 2014 season with an injury that could have been career-threatening. But Anderson has been working his way back through rehabilitation and feels "great," as he told sports reporter Rachel Whittaker this week. The Pelicans begin training camp in October and the regular season Oct. 28 at the Smoothie King Center. New Orleans Times-Picayune

August 27, 2014 Updates
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The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that the team has signed forward John Salmons. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not released. NBA.com

 

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