New Orleans Pelicans Rumors
What do you mean ‘dumbed down the game’? Andre Iguodala: Well as you see in the bubble, there’s more fouls called than ever. They want high scores. I think more guys are put in a box. It’s catch and shoot 3s, or catch-and-drive real hard to the basket and dunk finish. The little nuances of the game, gamesmanship, it’s not as appreciated or it’s not as sought after or valued as much. I know a lot of guys in the league, like a Jrue Holiday (from New Orleans) or an Eric Gordon (from Houston), they have so much to their game, but the way the game is played now, they’ve taken that out of their games because they said, ‘All right, we want you to shoot 3s. We want you to defend, put your head down and drive.’ And those are two prime examples, where guys are like, ‘Man, this guy was a monster to deal with but the way the game has changed you’re limiting a lot of guys. That’s just the evolution of the game and where it’s going. I think it’ll come back eventually, but like I said, seeing those things I know my value because of my IQ or even at the next level, if I can get to a front office or head a team.
You had to watch the league go on with your peers, your friends, without you. What’s it been like to observe a league that you’re part of and not be a part of it? “I think that’s the hardest part probably. It’s just not playing meaningful games. I was talking to JJ Reddick about it. I think it was his first time missing the playoffs. And he’s like, ‘I’m pissed.’ He’s like, we went down to the bubble. And, you know, we were right there. But at the end of the day, we didn’t make the playoffs. And like [it’s not] being able to play in meaningful games, where like, you’re actually laying it all out there.”
The shoes Zion Williamson wore in his NBA debut were inspired by Louisiana’s wetlands. Once again, his kicks will be a nod toward the state’s ecosystem. On Thursday, Jordan Brand unveiled the Air Jordan XXXV, the latest in its famous signature line. The Bayou Boys colorway, designed specifically for Williamson, are green, black and silver, and feature faux-gator leather.
Nick DePaula: Jordan Brand officially unveils the Air Jordan 35 today, which will be headlined by key Jordan athletes: Zion Williamson Luka Doncic Kia Nurse Guo Ailun Rui Hachimura Carmelo Anthony Kemba Walker Jayson Tatum pic.twitter.com/thBNx2ziAm
Some are more skeptical that the interest is a two-way street. Multiple league sources who spoke with PhillyVoice have questioned whether D’Antoni is genuinely interested in the job or whether it’s a leverage play to get a better deal elsewhere. There are other teams, most notably the Pacers and Pelicans, with rosters that better suit his style of basketball.
What’s your read on why the Pelicans didn’t make the playoffs? Redick: “We had a consistent stretch from the week before Christmas for about a month or so. Then we were basically a .500 team after that. Then the season ended. We never really got into a rhythm in the bubble. Certainly Zion having to leave with his family, we weren’t able to get into a rhythm as a team. We also had our opportunities in the bubble. We had a couple of games that we didn’t close out. (Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations) David Griffin said, ‘Success in the bubble is going to be predicated on who actually wants to be there the most.’ I’m not knocking our team. But if you look at the four teams in the conference finals, those are the teams that for the most part wanted to be there. We really embraced this. You’ve certainly seen that with Miami. It seems like those guys were built for this environment.”
Zion Williamson and the New Orleans Pelicans announced on Tuesday that the Smoothie King Center will provide early voting next month ahead of the 2020 general election, the 21st arena in the NBA to serve as an early-voting polling location. The announcement came as the NBA, as part of National Voter Registration Day, launched a new online resource hub highlighting leaguewide efforts around voting and civic engagement and connecting fans with non-partisan voting and Census completion resources.