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Omer Asik — defense, toughness and unselfishness — is who the Pelicans were looking for at center

New Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik (3) tries to get around Houston Rockets forward Tarik Black during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in New Orleans, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

There’s a fine line between being typecast in a role and knowing one’s proper lane. It’s a turnpike that actors, comedians, chefs, entrepreneurs and especially athletes run into when they’re trying to decide whether sticking with a single strength is hindering their growth or perfecting a brand. Is it a detraction to only be known for… Continue reading →

Austin Rivers on his new role with the Pelicans: ‘I’m just a player’

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--New Orleans Pelicans guard Austin Rivers (25) drives at the basket while Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) defends as they play at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014.

Entering his third NBA training camp, New Orleans Pelicans guard Austin Rivers appeared to have found himself in yet another role. As a rookie, he was slated for an apprenticeship as the team’s point guard of the future by playing in a backup role. But his struggles and Eric Gordon’s return from knee surgery had Rivers playing both… Continue reading →

Pelicans end preseason with fourth straight win

Dallas Mavericks shooting guard Monta Ellis, left, goes to the basket in front of New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Austin Rivers (25) in the first half of an NBA basketball game in New Orleans, Friday, Jan. 10, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

BOSSIER CITY — The New Orleans Pelicans traveled to north Louisiana for their final preseason game against the Dallas Mavericks and came away with another win, their fourth straight, 88-85. More important than the win streak, however, was that New Orleans (5-2) answered some questions surrounding its rotation. There has been talk of… Continue reading →

Last impression could be most important for some Pelicans

Oklahoma City Thunder forward Talib Zanna (44) goes to the basket against New Orleans Pelicans center Jeff Withey (5) in the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in New Orleans, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. The Pelicans won 120-86. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

When the New Orleans Pelicans play the Dallas Mavericks in Bossier City on Thursday night, the game likely will be the last chance for a cluster of players at the bottom of the roster to make a big impression. It’s the last preseason game, and Pelicans coach Monty Williams said it’s important center Jeff Withey, power forwards… Continue reading →

Pelicans power forward Ryan Anderson gets a look at small forward

Associated Press photo by Gerald Herbert -- Pelicans foward Ryan Anderson talks with coach Monty Williams during a preseason game Thursday at the Smoothie King Center.

Ryan Anderson had gotten a look-see at small forward two weeks ago in practice, as Pelicans coach Monty Williams looked for answers to a lack of scoring at that position. The possibilities seemed very positive, with Anderson, a 6-foot-10 power forward, having some advantages over smaller players at the 3 position. He had led… Continue reading →

Davis hurt but OK as Pelicans slip by Wizards

Associated Press photo by Gail Burton -- Pelican center Alexis Ajinca shoots as  Washington's Otto Porter guards in the second half of the Pelicans's 84-80 win Monday in Baltimore.

BALTIMORE — Monty Williams isn’t worrying about a wrist injury that cut Anthony Davis’ day short during the New Orleans Pelicans’ preseason win against the Washington Wizards on Monday. There were too many other things to be concerned about and be pleased with to linger on a negative that seems as if it won’t be… Continue reading →

Alexis Ajinca taking lead over Jeff Withey to become Pelicans’ big backup

Advocate file photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Pelicans center Alexis Ajinca blocks the shot of Chicago Bulls center Joakim Noah in February. Ajinca is the front-runner over Jeff Withey for the No. 2 spot behind starting center Omer Aski.

BALTIMORE — When Alexis Ajinca joined the Pelicans in December, he found himself in an unusual position. He didn’t just arrive in New Orleans from a different team, but from an entirely different league. After three seasons in the NBA, Ajinca returned to his native France for two and a half years to regain his… Continue reading →

In their preseason dress rehearsal, Pelicans are on guard for defensive rebounding

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- Pelicans coach Monty Williams talks with guard Tyreke Evans during a timeout in the first quarter against Oklahoma City at the Smoothie King Center on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014.

Since the start of training camp, New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams has put the onus on his team’s guards. Not to knock down open shots or to drive to the basket more effectively and find open teammates. Not so much to keep the turnovers down, although that’s an emphasis, too. The main thing Williams has… Continue reading →

Pelicans notebook: Exploring the NBA’s proposed 44-minute setup

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ -- Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson tries to shoot as he is defended by Oklahoma City guard Andre Roberson in the Smoothie King Center on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014.

The NBA has proposed playing one fewer minute per quarter, cutting games to 44 minutes, in an attempt to shorten games — an issue for several of the major sports. Pelicans coach Monty Williams had a quizzical look when asked whether he preferred the move. “I see both sides of it,” he said. “I can see the benefits… Continue reading →

Tyreke Evans’ return gives the Pelicans a morale boost, but coach Monty Williams wants more

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans leaps as he passes between Oklahoma City's Perry Jones (3) and Sebastian Telfair in the first quarter at the Smoothie King Center on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014.

New Orleans Pelicans swingman Tyreke Evans was back at it, working on his jump shot and nailing several shots in a row during Friday’s practice. He looked tired — but not as much as he was Thursday night, when he played in his first preseason game. “After the game, my legs felt… Continue reading →

Video: Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans worked his way into a grove in his first preseason game Thursday

New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans (1) drives to the basket between Oklahoma City Thunder guard Jeremy Lamb (11) and forward Perry Jones (3) in the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game in New Orleans, Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014. The Pelicans won 120-86. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans scored 10 points and had seven assists and four rebounds in 20 minutes and 21 seconds in his first preseason game of the season after missing time with a hamstring injury. The Pelicans defeated the Thunder 120-86 in the Smoothie King Center. Click here to see the video.Continue reading →

Video: Pelicans forward Anthony Davis says preseason games all about the team improving

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans (1) passes his way out of the corner around Oklahoma City Thunder center Steven Adams (12) while New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) watches as they play at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014.

Even though the Pelicans defeated Oklahoma City 120-86 without most of the Thunders' top players not playing, New Orleans forward Anthony Davis said the game was all about him and his teammates learning their roles and how to play together. Click here to see the video. Continue reading →

Video: Pelicans coach Monty Williams says team is working on making its home court a special place

New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams gestyres on the sidelines during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Houston Rockets in New Orleans, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

Pelicans coach Monty Williams says his players are still learning the system in their 120-86 victory against the Oklahoma City Thunder in a preseason game on Thursday, and that starts with playing dominating basketball in the Smoothie King Center. Click here to see the video. Continue reading →

Tyreke Evans is solid in his preseason debut as the Pelicans top Oklahoma City

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ--Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans comes racing towards the basket while Oklahoma City Thunder guard Sebastian Telfair defends in the Smoothie King Center on Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014.

For the second consecutive preseason game, both at the Smoothie King Center, the New Orleans Pelicans were humming right along offensively. Of course, for the second consecutive game, the opponent they faced was without some of its best players. The Oklahoma City Thunder played without NBA MVP Kevin Durant and power forward Serge Ibaka, another starter,… Continue reading →

Pelicans guard Eric Gordon has back spasms and is not expected to play in Thursday's game against Oklahoma City

New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon (10) in the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game in New Orleans, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. The Pelicans defeated the Rockets 117-98. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon has back spasms and is not expected to play in Thursday night's game against the Oklahoma City Thunder at Smoothie King Center, the team said. Guard/forward Tyreke Evans, who has missed the first four preseason games with a strained right hamstring, said he might play. He is listed as probable. Gordon, who had… Continue reading →

Pelicans offense soaring early in preseason

New Orleans Pelicans guard Eric Gordon (10) heads to the basket as Houston Rockets guard Trevor Ariza (1) watches during the second half of an NBA preseason basketball game in New Orleans, Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. The Pelicans defeated the Rockets 117-98. (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

It’s only preseason, but the New Orleans Pelicans had reason to be smiling Wednesday. They had just come off Tuesday night’s 117-98 victory against the Houston Rockets at Smoothie King Center in which a lot of things went well. The Pelicans shot 53.8 percent, including 52.0 percent (13-of-25) on 3-point attempts and clearly are happy… Continue reading →

Lewis: Pelicans’ Jrue Holiday looking in good form

Advocate staff photo by ELIOT KAMENITZ-- New Orleans Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday tries to find room to pass between Houston Rockets forwards Kostas Papanikolaou and Joey Dorsey during Tuesday's preseason game at the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans.

Jrue Holiday must have thought it was going to be short night. Why else would he have drawn three fouls in just over six minutes of the Pelicans’ home exhibition opener Tuesday, when defense is merely an option before the real stuff begins in two weeks? It was enough to send the only fan wearing… Continue reading →

Center stage: Pelicans’ Omer Asik squares with Rockets’ Dwight Howard

Washington Wizards' Marcin Gortat (4) shoots over New Orleans Pelicans' Omer Asik (3) during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Jacksonville, Fla., Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)

It’s only preseason. But there could be a battle Tuesday night at Smoothie King Center. And one need look no further than the middle, where New Orleans Pelicans center Omer Asik and Houston Rockets pivot Dwight Howard abide. Asik played two seasons for the Rockets, including a forgettable one last season when he was relegated to… Continue reading →

Pelicans unveil exhibit as teaching tool for kids

Chevron and the New Orleans Pelicans invited the kids of Arthur Ashe Charter School to unveil their new STEAM Zone and kick off the grand opening festivities of the newly renovated Smoothie King Center on Monday. The STEAM Zone (which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) will be a permanent exhibit in the… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ Jeff Withey is still seeking that late-season mojo of last year

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Pelicans center Jeff Withey talks with coach Monty Williams during the team's game against Houston in the Smoothie King Center on April 16, 2014.

When last season ended, Jeff Withey was a rookie brimming with confidence after he spent much of the year finding his way. A 24-year-old 7-footer out of Kansas, he played well down the stretch — blocking shots, bringing energy and, near the end, scoring from the high post. Two weeks into his second training camp, Withey looks nothing… Continue reading →

Pelicans notebook: Back to basics with two-a-day practices

New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams (AP Photo/Bill Haber)

The fourth preseason game is when NBA coaches begin to think more about getting their starters ready and their rotations set for the regular season. That is particularly true for the New Orleans Pelicans, who by quirk of schedule have seven preseason games instead of the usual eight. “I want to get the starters’ minutes… Continue reading →

In practice, Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson gives small forward a whirl

Advocate file photo by MATTHEW HINTON -- Pelicans power forward Ryan Anderson drives to the basket against Oklahoma City power forward Serge Ibaka last season at the Smoothie King Center.

It’s something New Orleans basketball fans, pundits and the like have wondered for some time while watching the Pelicans struggle at small forward: “Why not put Ryan Anderson there?” Well, it appears that may happen. Neither Anderson nor coach Monty Williams is sure it’ll be as soon as the Pelicans’ next preseason game, Tuesday night… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ Jimmer Fredette is off to a strong start in the preseason

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans guard Jimmer Fredette (32) talks to the media during practice at the Pelicans practice facility in Metairie on Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2014.

Guard Jimmer Fredette came to the New Orleans Pelicans with a lot to prove. A good outside shooter, it’s sometimes difficult for him to get his shot off against defenders. And playing defense hasn’t exactly been his forte. On a team loaded with guards, his chances of making the Pelicans certainly was not a lock. But after three… Continue reading →

Pelicans waive forward Vernon Macklin

New Orleans Pelicans forward Vernon Macklin (35) poses at the Pelicans NBA basketball media day in Metairie, La., Monday, Sept. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert) ORG XMIT: NYOTK

The New Orleans Pelicans waived forward Vernon Macklin on Wednesday. Macklin, who is 6 feet 10, 227 pounds and played at Florida, was a member of the Orlando Magic's 2014 summer league roster before joining the Pelicans. He was the 52nd overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft by the Detroit Pistons and averaged 2.0 points and 1.5 rebounds in 23… Continue reading →

Patric Young hoping to get his shot with the Pelicans

Associated Press photo by TIMOTHY D. EASLEYtHE Miami Heat's Shawn Young drives against the New Orleans Pelicans' Patric Young during the third quarter Saturday in Louisville, Ky.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Patric Young returned to his hometown of Jacksonville on Wednesday when the Pelicans met the Washington Wizard in a preseason game. For Young, it was yet another stop in his bid to make New Orleans his new home by earning one of the 13 spots on the Pelicans roster. It won’t… Continue reading →

Pelicans’ Ryan Anderson scores 14 in loss to Wizards

Associated Press photo by Gary McCulloughNew Orleans Pelicans' Ryan Anderson shoots over Washington's DeJuan Blair during Wednesday's game in Jacksonville, Fla.

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Ryan Anderson’s slow, arduous journey to regain the form he had a year ago at this time took another step in a positive direction on Wednesday. Anderson played just under 23 minutes and scored 14 points but couldn’t prevent the Washington Wizards from posting a 94-89 win over the Pelicans in… Continue reading →

Small forward still big question mark for Pelicans

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON--New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams runs Tuesday's practice at the Pelicans practice facility in Metairie.

Only three days into training camp, it had already crossed the mind of New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams that he might have to wait a while for an answer to the team’s need at small forward. “We might have to address that position by committee,” Williams said. Heading into Wednesday night’s preseason game against the… Continue reading →

Injured Pelicans get more time on court in loss to Hawks

New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis (23) scores against Atlanta Hawks forward Elton Brand (7) in the first half of an preseason NBA basketball game Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, in Atlanta.  (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

ATLANTA — It appears the return of three injured New Orleans Pelicans is happening faster than some expected. In Monday’s 93-87 loss to Atlanta, the Pelicans got more minutes and more points from the trio that missed more than half the season a year ago. Forward Ryan Anderson and guards Eric Gordon and Jrue Holiday… Continue reading →

Pelicans guard Austin Rivers spent his summer getting stronger

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTON-- Houston Rockets guard Patrick Beverley (2) defends against New Orleans Pelicans guard Austin Rivers (25) in a NBA basketball game between the New Orleans Pelicans and the Houston Rockets at New Orleans Arena / Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, La. Wednesday, April 16, 2014.

Scoring used to come so naturally to Austin Rivers. Relying on quickness, shooting touch and a treasure trove of natural ability, the third-year New Orleans Pelicans guard spent most of his life shaking defenders off the dribble, coasting to the rim and smoothly finishing. It’s an attribute Rivers is desperately trying to regain. He spent a rigorous summer… Continue reading →

Pelicans top Heat to open preseason

Associated Press photo by Timothy D. Easley -- Pelicans forward Anthony Davis blocks a shot by Miami's Chris Bosh during their preseason opener Saturday in Louisville, Ky.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Granted, it’s only one “meaningless” preseason game, but the result has to be encouraging for the New Orleans Pelicans given the areas they are seeking to address early in the 2014-15 season. New Orleans got solid performances from its veterans and led for most of the game in beating the reigning… Continue reading →