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Anthony Davis: Pelicans Have To Work Hard Not Having Multiple Superstars

Dec 4, 2016 3:00 PM

Anthony Davis has consistently defended his supporting cast with the New Orleans Pelicans, which is comprised of journeymen and younger players.

“We don’t have a lot of guys that other teams have,” Davis said. “Three or four players on each team who are superstars. We’ve got to come out and play hard and coach [Alvin Gentry] tells us that all the time. All of us got to the NBA by working hard. So we’ve got to keep that in mind.”

Davis has been more of a quiet leader during the opening seasons of his career.

“I’m just out here playing and I’m doing whatever I can do to help the team,” Davis said. “It’s a long season. We’ve got a lot of games left. Keep the team spirit high and making sure we continue to have fun. [Leadership] is something I have to be comfortable with. I’ve got to make sure I lead these guys and make sure these guys always got their heads high and keep playing. No matter what the situation is and our record, we have to keep playing and continue to remain focused.”

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Pelicans Assign Cheick Diallo To D-League

Dec 2, 2016 1:21 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have assigned rookie forward Cheick Diallo to the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League, pursuant to the flexible assignment system.

Diallo, 6-9, 220, has appeared in six games with Austin, averaging 14.3 points on .553 shooting from the floor, 6.7 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game.

Diallo recorded two 20-point games, one double-double and three games with four blocks. This will mark’s Diallo’s second assignment to the D-League.

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Anthony Davis Sees Handle, Passing As Next Evolution Of His Game

Nov 29, 2016 12:01 AM

Anthony Davis has been one of the best players in the NBA over the past three seasons but he would like to add to his game by becoming a better ball-handler and passer.

"I watch LeBron [James], Steph [Curry], all those guys make their teammates better," Davis said. "They find them. Even Draymond [Green]. He plays the same position and does the same thing, and he's able to find his teammates in a way that I can't right now. That's definitely what I want to get better at."

Davis' assist rate is at 11.5 percent this season, up from 15-16 when he posted a mark of 9.9.

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Anthony Davis Defends Pelicans' Supporting Cast

Nov 28, 2016 11:35 PM

Anthony Davis has heard criticism of his supporting cast with the New Orleans Pelicans but disagrees.

The Pelicans, who rank 12th in the West at 6-12, started the season 0-8. 

"I hear it. I see it. I'm on social media, so I see it all the time," Davis said. "But I think, for me, it's just about the guys in that locker room. I know they come out here every day in practice and every night in the game and fight and leave everything on the floor. It's nothing that I try to pay attention to as much. But you see it. You have to pay attention to it.

"For me, that's not my M.O. to get into all the media and all that stuff. I just worry about what's going on in that locker room and on the floor with the guys I have in the locker room."

Davis admitted he was worried about the Pelicans' early season struggles.

"We were very worried," Davis said. "We didn't envision ourselves being in that situation. But we dug ourselves a hole. We're slowly climbing out of it, and we just have to keep fighting. Nobody wants to start 0-8. Nobody wants to start off on the wrong foot. But it happens.

"Some teams have whoever on their team where they're able to do whatever they want on the floor. For us, we have to be blue-collar guys who are coming in, work, being scrappy, first to the floor, rebounding the ball, sharing the ball. That's how we have to be. That's how we've been the past couple weeks, and that's how we've been able to get wins."

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Pelicans Recall Cheick Diallo From D-League

Nov 27, 2016 4:37 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have recalled rookie forward Cheick Diallo from the Austin Spurs of the NBA Development League.

Diallo, 6-9, 220, has appeared in six games with Austin, averaging 14.3 points on .553 shooting from the floor, 6.7 rebounds and 2.5 blocks per game. Diallo recorded two 20-point games, one double-double and three games with four blocks.

Diallo was originally selected by the L.A. Clippers with the 33rd overall pick out of the University of Kansas in the 2016 NBA Draft. Diallo has appeared in one regular season game for New Orleans, logging one rebound and one block in six minutes of action.

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Dante Cunningham Out 4-6 Weeks With Fractured Right Fibula

Nov 25, 2016 12:04 PM

Dante Cunningham will miss the next four to six weeks with a fractured right fibula.

Cunningham suffered the injury -- a nondisplaced proximal fibula fracture -- in the second quarter of the Pelicans' 117-96 victory Wednesday over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Cunningham is averaging 5.6 points and 3.9 rebounds in 15 games, including 10 starts, this season. 

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Anthony Davis Suffers Knee Contusion Diving Into Stands

Nov 23, 2016 12:03 PM

Anthony Davis suffered a contusion above his right kneecap after he banged his knee on a seat while diving for a loose ball into the stands.

Davis ultimately returned in the fourth quarter, after X-rays taken on the knee were negative.

"It is scary because you never know what's going to happen," Davis said. "The way I play, I just leave it out on the floor, so I can't control myself when that stuff happens. It's just instinctive. I just go out there and play as hard as I can. If it happened again tomorrow, I'd probably do it again, to be honest."

Following the X-rays, the Pelicans' medical staff performed treatment on the knee in an effort to get Davis back on the court.

Davis showed no ill effects when he returned, scoring seven points in 10 minutes in the fourth quarter. 

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Anthony Davis Remains Fully Committed To Pelicans

Nov 21, 2016 10:10 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans have been plagued by injuries and an insufficient supporting cast but Anthony Davis has remained loyal to the franchise.

“My desire to win here is the same,” Davis told The Vertical. “I go out there and play. I don’t care what the record is. I just go out there and play. I have to lead this team and make sure my guys are always happy and high energy. I don’t care what people say about our team. They’re not in our locker room seeing us, not part of our group. That’s all white noise.

“I just try to control what I can: go out there and compete.”

Davis was asked if his aspirations to win with the Pelicans has wavered amid the team's poor results and injuries.

“No, no, never,” Davis told The Vertical.

Davis is averaging 31.7 points, 11.5 rebounds and three blocks as he continues to perform as one of the NBA's best players.

“Injuries happen, and there’s nothing I can do about it,” Davis said. “I just wanted to get my body right to be able to play all 82 [games] this year and then play the postseason. I know how important it is to take care of my body and stay on the floor as much as possible.

“I know this team and what people say is noise. We just want to compete and get wins.”

Davis has a player option in his deal where he can become a free agent in the 2020 offseason.

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Jimmy Butler, Anthony Davis Named NBA Players Of The Week

Nov 21, 2016 4:00 PM

The Chicago Bulls’ Jimmy Butler and the New Orleans Pelicans’ Anthony Davis today were named NBA Eastern and Western Conference Players of the Week, respectively, for games played Monday, Nov. 14 through Sunday, Nov. 20.

Butler helped the Bulls to a 3-1 week, with all victories coming on the road, by averaging 27.3 points (second in the East), 9.3 rebounds and 3.8 assists. He began the week with back-to-back double-doubles, finishing with 27 points and 12 rebounds in a 113-88 win over the Portland Trail Blazers on Nov. 15 and recording 20 points and 12 rebounds in an 85-77 victory over the Utah Jazz on Nov. 17. In his final game of the week, Butler scored a season-high 40 points and added seven rebounds and six assists in a 118-110 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Nov. 20.

The Pelicans went 3-0 last week in games Davis played (3-1 overall) as he averaged a league-high 33.7 points, led the West with 13.7 rebounds and 3.0 blocks, and added 2.0 steals.

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Pelicans Close To Signing Anthony Brown

Nov 20, 2016 2:53 PM

The New Orleans Pelicans are close to signing Anthony Brown from the D-League.

Brown appeared in 29 games last season for the Los Angeles Lakers, averaging 4.0 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.7 assists in 20.6 minutes per game.

Brown has averaged 29.3 points, 4.3 rebounds and 4.3 assists over his first three games of the 16-17 D-League season.

Brown was a high second round pick by the Lakers out of Stanford in 2015.

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Archie Goodwin Waived By Pelicans
Archie Goodwin appeared in three games for the Pelicans, averaging 5.0 points in 10.0 minutes per contest.

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Jrue Holiday 'Excited' To Make Season Debut After Emotional Offseason
Jrue Holiday was on family leave until his wife's recovery was far enough along that both felt comfortable with his return to the Pelicans.

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Anthony Davis Injures Back As Pelicans Fall To 1-9
Anthony Davis immediately fell to the ground and grasped his back when driving to the basket early in the third quarter of the game.

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Lance Stephenson Was 'Model Citizen' With Pelicans
The Pelicans waived Lance Stephenson following his groin injury even though the team wanted to retain him.

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Jrue Holiday Nearing Season Debut
Jrue Holiday has been away from the team while attending to his wife who underwent brain surgery following the birth of their first child.

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Pelicans Use Small Starting Lineup For First Time, Win First Game Of Season
The Pelicans began the season 0-8 despite a series of great individual performances from Anthony Davis.

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Lance Stephenson Waived By Pelicans
The Pelicans are reportedly open to re-signing Lance Stephenson once he's healthy.

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Pelicans To Sign Archie Goodwin, Waive Lance Stephenson
The Pelicans have lost Lance Stephenson to surgery on his groin and were already without both Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans.

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Lance Stephenson To Undergo Groin Surgery
In six games this season, Lance Stephenson has averaged 9.7 points, 4.8 assists and 3.3 rebounds in 27.0 minutes per game.

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Pelicans Waive Alonzo Gee, Keep Lance Stephenson
Alonzo Gee is owed his full $1.2 million while Lance Stephenson came to camp with just $100,000 of his minimum salary guaranteed.

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Pelicans Waive Quinn Cook, Quincy Ford
New Orleans' roster now stands at 16.

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Pelicans Waive Shawn Dawson, Robert Sacre
New Orleans' roster now stands at 18.

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Lauren Holiday Undergoes Successful Surgery For Brain Tumor
Jrue Holiday is on a leave of absence from the Pelicans to attend to his wife's medical situation.


76ers, Pelicans Express Interest In Trading For Tyus Jones
The Timberwolves are open to moving Tyus Jones.

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Quincy Ford Signs With Pelicans
Quincy Ford was a member of the Utah Jazz’s summer league team, appearing in eight games, averaging 5.1 points, 5.2 rebounds and 1.0 assists.

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Dunc'd On: New Orleans Pelicans Season Outlook w/ Justin Verrier
Nate Duncan and Justin Verrier break down the 2016-17 season for the Pelicans

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Anthony Davis Responds With Warriors For Favorite Uniforms, Road Arena
Anthony Davis' lone playoff games have been against the Warriors in 2015, which could have influenced his answer.

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Anthony Davis Out Up To Two Weeks With Ankle Sprain
Anthony Davis has played in 64, 67, 68 and 61 games in his first four NBA seasons as he's been limited by a series of minor injuries.

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Jeremy Lin Was Intrigued By Possibility Of Signing With Pelicans
The Pelicans weren't willing to commit the type of contract Jeremy Lin received from the Nets.

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Chris Copeland Waived By Pelicans
Chris Copeland spent last season with the Bucks.

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