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The New Orleans Pelicans say centre Jason Smith is out indefinitely with a right knee injury. The club says an MRI has revealed cartilage damage in the knee. The 7-foot Smith has played in 31 games and has started 27 times. He's averaging 9.7 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1 block in 26.8 minutes per game. The injury is only the latest setback for the Pelicans, who'd lost seven straight entering Saturday night's home game against Golden State. Courier-Islander

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New Orleans Pelicans forward/center Jason Smith says he doesn't feel pain in his surgically repaired right shoulder that he experienced last season and forced him to miss the final 24 games. But he still hasn't been cleared to participate in contact work yet during volunteer workouts. Smith is hoping to be cleared just before the Pelicans open training camp on Oct. 1. ``That's best guess right now because you never know if things will flare up when you hit somebody,'' Smith said earlier this week after participating in the team's volunteer workouts at the Pelicans new practice facility. ``You put in the time to rest and recover and you put in the work to strengthened it and get back in shape. That's all I can do right now is try to get in the best shape that I can.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

September 6, 2013 Updates

New Orleans Pelicans forward/center Jason Smith says he doesn't feel pain in his surgically repaired right shoulder that he experienced last season and forced him to miss the final 24 games. But he still hasn't been cleared to participate in contact work yet during volunteer workouts. Smith is hoping to be cleared just before the Pelicans open training camp on Oct. 1. ``That's best guess right now because you never know if things will flare up when you hit somebody,'' Smith said earlier this week after participating in the team's volunteer workouts at the Pelicans new practice facility. ``You put in the time to rest and recover and you put in the work to strengthened it and get back in shape. That's all I can do right now is try to get in the best shape that I can.'' New Orleans Times-Picayune

The 27-year-old is encouraged by the progress he’s made, saying that his primary goal is to be available to 100 percent on Day 1 of training camp. “I hope so,” Smith said. “That’s the best guess right now, because you never know if things will flare up when you hit somebody. You just have to trust your body. That’s all I can do right now, get into the best shape I can and come into training camp with a positive mindset and winning attitude. “It feels really good. I don’t have the pain I had playing with it (last season). It’s all fixed and better. Knowing that it is better, I have to go out and trust it. I’ve never had an injury like this. I really have to put my faith in the training staff and in communicating with them, to tell them how I feel. I’ve got to trust the shoulder, knowing that I’ve put in the work, and I should be good to go for training camp.” NBA.com

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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

February 1, 2013 Updates

“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

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