Anthony Randolph: Real Madrid is one of the top three, if not the best team in Europe. We fly private everywhere for the most part. We get free tickets to the soccer games. We get to mingle with the soccer players and get to know them. We are able to interact with the owner of Real Madrid [Florentino Pérez], have a relationship with him, and he is really down to earth. We have some of the best trainers. We have one of the best facilities I have ever seen, on par with some of the NBA’s best facilities. It’s a great experience. You get the car. You get the house. You get the money and everything else. They take care of your breakfast, lunch and dinner at the training facility. You have your own room at the facility. It’s a pretty amazing setup. There is Real Madrid City, where the soccer and basketball players train, and we have our own residences inside of it with a cafeteria. It’s like a mini apartment with a living room, bedroom and bathroom. Yeah, it’s dope.
At some point, Wolves coach/president of basketball operations Tom Thibodeau, General Manager Scott Layden and, of course, owner Glen Taylor must decide how much they can afford and with whom they can surround three players earning max contracts. “We’ve been planning,” Thibodeau said. “We’re worried about not only now, but we have to be sure we put the best team on the floor we can. That’s a big part of this. The biggest thing is everyone concentrating on us winning. We don’t want to get lost in anything but chasing excellence.”
Gayle Benson, who assumed control of the Pelicans and the New Orleans Saints after Tom’s passing, paid a visit to the Pelicans before Friday’s practice to thank the team for their kind words. Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said that he wanted to keep Gayle’s message to the team private, he did say that she stressed to the team that “everything here is going to be fine” moving forward.
“She came in and spoke to the team this morning and obviously we think the world of her,” Gentry said. “We don’t have any doubt that it’s going to be a smooth transition and everything is going to be at a very high level and a first-class level.”
Scott Kushner: NBA Spokesman Mike Bass’ said this on the #Pelicans ownership situation: “As we mourn the loss of Tom Benson, we know the New Orleans Pelicans are on strong and stable footing as Gayle Benson, currently the team’s Alternate Governor, assumes control of the franchise.”
Will Guillory: Alvin Gentry on Gayle Benson’s visit with the team this morning: “Obviously, we think the world of her. We don’t have any doubt that it’s going to be a smooth transition and everything is going to be at a very high level and a first-class level.”