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Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson lead U.S. to victory

Associated Press photo by Alvaro BarrientosAnthony Davis of the United States duels for the ball with Finland's Antero Lehto, during the Group C Basketball World Cup match on Saturday.

BILBAO, Spain — As the U.S. lead got bigger and the crowd quieter, Finland’s players were forced to have a most uncomfortable conversation. “We kind of talked a little on the bench a little bit, ‘Hey, everybody remember when we scored the last time?’” forward Kimmo Muurinen said. It was a long time. Almost… Continue reading →

Anthony Davis embracing leadership role

New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis (23) at their NBA basketball media day in Metairie, La., Monday, Sept. 30, 2013. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

When Pelicans All-Star power forward Anthony Davis reported to the USA basketball team last month, he was expected to have somewhat of a leadership role. Davis had played on the gold-medal 2012 Olympic team and was one of the team’s few players with international basketball experience. However, after NBA MVP Kevin Durant, a 2012 holdover, decided not… Continue reading →

Pelicans sign John Salmons

Sacramento Kings forward John Salmons, left, drives against New Orleans Hornets guard Greivis Vasquez in April 2013 game. The Pelicans signed Salmons to a contract Tuesday.

The New Orleans Pelicans announced Tuesday they have signed forward John Salmons. Salmons, the 26th overall pick in the 2002 NBA draft, has appeared in 874 games (429 starts) over his 12-year career in stops at Philadelphia, Sacramento, Chicago, Milwaukee and Toronto. He holds career averages of 9.4 points, 3.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists in 26.8… Continue reading →

U.S. decides bigger is better with roster

Associated Press file photo by ERIC GAY -- Anthony Davis scores against Nigeria during a preliminary men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

NEW YORK — A desire for a bigger look made Andre Drummond necessary. The belief in Derrick Rose’s health made Damian Lillard expendable. Those were conclusions made by U.S. team officials when they selected the 12 players who would travel to Spain for the FIBA World Cup of Basketball. After years of ignoring size… Continue reading →

Pelicans release their seven-game 2014 preseason schedule

Associated Press photo by JONATHAN BACHMAN -- The Pelicans' logo is seen before a game against the Golden State Warriors on Jan. 18 at the New Orleans Arena.

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today their seven-game 2014 preseason schedule, which includes two home games at the Smoothie King Center. New Orleans begins the preseason with a road contest at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. against the Miami Heat on Saturday, Oct. 4. From there, the Pelicans travel to face the… Continue reading →

Anthony Davis looking for more growth with USA team

Associated Press file photo by ERIC GAY -- Anthony Davis scores against Nigeria during a preliminary men's basketball game at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Aug. 2, 2012, in London.

New Orleans Pelicans power forward Anthony Davis left last summer for the USA Basketball training camp after working on his game and strength. He was a sensation at the camp, gained confidence and parlayed that into a season in which he was on the NBA All-Star team. Davis again is heading out for a stint with the USA… Continue reading →

Monty Williams ready to roll with Team USA

New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams yells to his players during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the San Antonio Spurs on Saturday, March 29, 2014, in San Antonio. San Antonio won 96-80. (AP Photo/Darren Abate)

During last summer’s USA Basketball training camp in Las Vegas, New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams was a self-proclaimed sponge. The youngest member of the USA staff, he soaked up knowledge from legendary coach Mike Krzyzewski. The best part of what he learned had little to do with Xs and Os, however. “A lot of the things we… Continue reading →

Pelicans sign Jimmer Fredette, Patric Young

The New Orleans Pelicans announced Thusday that the team signed guard Jimmer Fredette and center Patric Young. Terms of the contracts were not released. Fredette (6-2, 195) averaged 6.9 points, 1.9 assists, while shooting 40.9 percent from 3-point range. The former BYU standout, appeared in 49 combined games for Sacramento and Chicago and averaged 5.6… Continue reading →

Pelicans to play exhibition game in Bossier City

Associated Press photo by ERIC GAYNew Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis.

The New Orleans Pelicans will play the Dallas Mavericks at 7 p.m. October 23 in a preseason game at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City. “The CenturyLink Center is thrilled to add this NBA preseason matchup to our roster of first-rate entertainment events for 2014,” said Jake Wood, Director of Sales & Marketing for CenturyLink Center. “Hosting… Continue reading →

Addition of Patric Young is Pelicans’ latest offseason boost

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Pelicans center Patric Young runs drills at the practice facility in Metairie during a summer league minicamp Thursday, July 10, 2014.

When undrafted power forward Patric Young agreed to a two-year contract with the Pelicans on Saturday, a source told The Advocate, it was another move by General Manager Dell Demps that likely will enhance the team’s play during the 2014-15 season. Starting with the trade for center Omer Asik, the pieces appear to fit better for the… Continue reading →

Pelicans in the summer league: What you need to know

Associated Press photo by JOHN LOCHER -- The San Antonio Spurs' Darius Morris goes up for a layup against the Pelicans' Jeff Withey during an NBA summer league game Monday in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS — Summer League continues for a select few teams, but for the New Orleans Pelicans, it’s now a thing of the past. Let’s look at some of the surprises and disappointments from the Pelicans time in Las Vegas. Withey wasn’t extraordinary in summer league, but big men, especially defense-oriented ones such as… Continue reading →

Pelicans agree with Jimmer Fredette, bring back Darius Miller

Associated Press photo by JEFF HAYNES -- Jimmer Fredette

The Pelicans reached one-year contract agreements with guard Jimmer Fredette and small forward Darius Miller on Thursday, league sources confirmed to The Advocate. Both contracts reportedly are for the league minimum. Fredette, the 2011 Wooden Award winner as college basketball’s top player, gives the Pelicans the 3-point shooting threat they lost when guard Anthony Morrow signed a… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ loss to Timberwolves ends summer league run

LAS VEGAS — The NBA’s summer leagues are all about development. Whether the Pelicans won the Las Vegas event or got bounced in a consolation game — the latter was Friday night’s result, a 97-78 defeat to the Minnesota Timberwolves — is inconsequential to the team’s bigger picture. Winning wouldn’t prove Russ Smith is… Continue reading →

Patric Young gives the Pelicans strength, energy

Advocate staff photo by SUSAN BROADBRIDGE-- Patric Young practices his shooting at the Pelicans Practice Facility in Metairie, La. Tuesday, July 8, 2014.  The team has rookies and free agents preparing for the summer league games held in Las Vegas.

LAS VEGAS — Last summer, with the acquisition of Jrue Holiday, the New Orleans Pelicans signaled the end of their rebuilding phase and the beginning of their intention to make the playoffs. A wealth of injuries sent that plan sideways, but they remained steadfast in their designs, even improving upon them by trading another future first-round… Continue reading →

Pelicans fall flat to Hornets

Advocate file photo by MATTHEW HINTON Pelicans guard Russ Smith shoots during drills at the team's practice facility in Metairie on July 10, Smith scored 19 points in the Pelicans' 104-75 loss to the Charlotte Hornets in summer league action Thursday in Las Vegas..

LAS VEGAS — It’s a tired, generations-old basketball adage that nonetheless rings true from time to time: “Sometimes, you just don’t have it.” The Pelicans didn’t have it Thursday, while the Charlotte Hornets had “it” in spades, blowing out the Pelicans 104-75 in a summer league game . The Hornets jumped out to… Continue reading →

Jason Smith to leave Pelicans, sign with Knicks

Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- New Orleans Pelicans center Jason Smith brings the ball up the court against the Dallas Mavericks during a game Dec. 4, 2013. Smith will sign a one-year deal with the New York Knicks.

Center Jason Smith is on his way out of New Orleans. Smith will leave the Pelicans to sign a one-year contract with the New York Knicks, according to multiple reports. Smith a 7-footer who spent the past four years in New Orleans, averaged 9.7 points, 5.8 rebounds in an injury-shortened season with the Pelicans. He will sign for… Continue reading →

Pelicans introduce ‘missing piece’ Omer Asik

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps welcomes center Omer Asik to the team from after signing and trading him from the Houston Rockets  in Metairie, La. Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

With center Omer Asik trailing him, New Orleans Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps beamed like a man holding the keys to a treasure chest on Tuesday afternoon. Asik was formally introduced as a Pelican during a news conference at the team’s media facility. Demps originally reached a trade June 25 with the Houston Rockets for Asik,… Continue reading →

Analysis: Russ Smith still finding his way in NBA with Pelicans

The worst feeling in the world is that of uncertainty. From it blossoms all other negative emotions — fear, anger, anxiety, even depression. It’s abundant in our lives, existing in the minutiae (what am I going to have for dinner?) to the grandiose (graduating from college without a job, your entire livelihood in flux). By contrast, one of… Continue reading →

Podcast: Isiah Thomas says Pelicans one of the most improved teams

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Pelicans General Manager Dell Demps welcomes center Omer Asik to the team from after signing and trading him from the Houston Rockets  in Metairie, La. Tuesday, July 15, 2014.

Hall of Fame point guard Isiah Thomas, who won two NBA championships during his playing career with the Detroit Pistons, told Advocate Online Sports Editor Pierce W. Huff on Tuesday that he loves he aggressive moves the New Orleans Pelicans have been making to their roster this summer. The Pelicans finally announced their trade for Houston's Omer Asik… Continue reading →

Pelicans announce signing of Russ Smith

Advocate staff photo by SUSAN BROADBRIDGE -- Rookie, Russ Smith practices at the Pelicans practice facility in Metairie.

The Pelicans on Tuesday announced the signing of guard Russ Smith, the 47th pick in last month’s draft. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but a league source says the contract is for two years with a team option for a third year. Smith, originally selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with that pick, but… Continue reading →