The Pelicans Didn't Just Lose A Game, They Lost Their Moment

For a very long time last night, it looked like the New Orleans Pelicans were about to give us two of the best things an early-round playoff series can offer: An eight seed catching fire and pulling off an upset on its home floor, and a young superstar’s first signature playoff win. We were headed toward both of those… » 4/24/15 9:38am Friday 9:38am

Down 20 Late, The Warriors Top The Pelicans In A Bananas Game

That might be the most incredible basketball game I have ever witnessed. As late as six minutes into the fourth quarter, the Pelicans held a 17-point lead over the Warriors. The Warriors weren’t just getting beat, they were getting comprehensively outplayed by the eight seed. And then in six quick minutes, the… » 4/24/15 1:58am Friday 1:58am

Watch Trombone Shorty's Kick-Ass NBA Playoffs Halftime Show

We all had a good laugh this weekend when Coolio performed at halftime of the Spurs-Clippers game. Little did we know, it got worse: Montell Jordan was the featured act for Game Two at Staples Center. Leave it up to New Orleans to get the halftime show right, as the Crescent City’s own Trombone Shorty took over the… » 4/23/15 11:42pm Thursday 11:42pm

Monty Williams Hands The Warriors An Even Stronger Home-Court Advantage

The Golden State Warriors are essentially unbeatable at home, in no small part because of the legion of crazy-loud fans that pack Oracle Arena every game. There’s not much an opposing coach or player can do to mitigate such a home-court advantage during the playoffs, other than to play well and avoid saying anything… » 4/20/15 3:57pm 4/20/15 3:57pm

How Anthony Davis Gives The Pelicans Open Looks They Don't Deserve

Good ball movement generates open shots. This is Basketball 101, so fundamental to the game's primary education it may as well come down on stone tablets to every young player. It's proven: perhaps to the relief of youth coaches around the country, SportVU player-tracking shows that ball movement in the NBA does… » 3/13/15 2:27pm 3/13/15 2:27pm

Suit: Saints Owner Tom Benson Is Being Manipulated By His Scheming Wife

Yesterday, New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson's daughter and grandchildren filed a lawsuit seeking to block his recent and curious decision to cut his family members out of his life and name his third wife, Gayle Marie LaJaunie Bird, heir to his ownership of both teams. We now have a copy of the full… » 1/23/15 10:42am 1/23/15 10:42am

The Family Dispute Over Ownership Of The Saints Is Getting Ugly

This morning, an official press release was sent out announcing that New Orleans Saints and Pelicans owner Tom Benson had drastically restructured his plans for the inevitable ownership transfer of each team. Under the new plan, the 87-year-old Benson's daughter, Renee Benson, and her two children will be cut out… » 1/22/15 4:12pm 1/22/15 4:12pm

Anthony Davis Volleyball Spikes Manu Ginobili's Shot Straight To Hell

If you put your ear close to your laptop speaker and turn the sound up high enough, you can actually hear the ball itself screaming in terror, just before Anthony Davis pounds it into the parquet at the speed of light. Great googly moogly. It actually traveled back in time on its way down. Manu's lucky that damn… » 12/26/14 11:50pm 12/26/14 11:50pm

Man, Did Anthony Davis Whomp The Shit Out Of The Thunder Or What

There's no one particularly SportsCenter-y highlight from Anthony Davis's 38-point, 12-rebound, three-block eruption against Oklahoma City last night. He didn't block all three shots in one leap; or tear the entire backboard off the stanchion with a dunk; or, like, spike a dead-on-arrival Kendrick Perkins jumphook… » 12/22/14 12:42pm 12/22/14 12:42pm

Monty Williams Was There For Ryan Anderson After Girlfriend's Suicide

Sports Illustrated's Chris Ballard has a devastating piece on Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson, who in August 2013 was the one to discover his girlfriend Gia Allemand in her New Orleans home, hanging by her neck from a vacuum-cleaner cord. It is a hard, hard read, but there is goodness here—much of it in Anderson's… » 11/13/14 2:52pm 11/13/14 2:52pm

Anthony Davis Comes Out Of Nowhere For The Putback Dunk

Welcome to the latest edition of Anthony Davis Does Something You've Never Seen Before. Today we have him launching himself from just in front of the dotted line, extending his Groot arm to collect a shot that clanged high off the rim, and then throwing down the putback dunk over poor Zach Randolph—all in one fluid… » 11/04/14 9:33am 11/04/14 9:33am