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Report: Monty Williams Agrees to Join Billy Donovan’s Staff with the Thunder

The trend of bringing on veteran NBA coaches to take part in a staff that’s being led by an inexperienced head coach took on a new meaning on Wednesday. According to Yahoo Sports NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski, the Oklahoma City Thunder have hired former New Orleans Pelicans head coach Monty Williams to be the team’s top assistant under first-year head coach Billy Donovan. This...
Via Sportsnaut
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Will Monty Williams hire be key in keeping Kevin Durant with Thunder?

Monty Williams has landed on his feet. After being fired by the New Orleans Pelicans following a 45-37 season that sent the team to the playoffs, the 43-year-old coach has been hired by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Yahoo reports. Williams will be the top assistant on new coach Billy Donovan’s staff. Williams, a former pro,...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
2 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Van Gundy compares Anthony Davis to Tim Duncan

One of the most popular comparisons people like to make when talking about Anthony Davis is Tim Duncan. That's obviously a high ceiling, but Davis deserves it, and ESPN/ABC television commentator Jeff Van Gundy (who also reportedly interviewed for the New Orleans Pelicans head coaching position before Alvin Gentry filled it) is the latest smart person to make it.Here's what Van Gundy...
Via Fox Sports
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Pelicans Hoping To Hire Robert Pack

The New Orleans Pelicans are hoping to add Robert Pack to their coaching staff. Pack has been an assistant coach with the Oklahoma City Thunder in 2013 after stints with the Los Angeles Clippers and New Orleans. Pack is unlikely to be retained with the Thunder under Scott Brooks. Pack had a 13-year NBA playing career and was gathering steam as a head coaching candidate while with the Clippers.
Via RealGM
3 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Melvin Hunt is the frontrunner for Nuggets coach

Now that Alvin Gentry is the head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans, it appears as if Melvin Hunt is the leading name to become the next head coach of the Nuggets, according to Jared Zwerling. Also from a source: Melvin Hunt is currently the front-runner for the Nuggets' coaching job. Mike D'Antoni has not interviewed with Denver.— Jared Zwerling (@JaredZwerling) May 28, 2015...
Via Fox Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

New Orleans Pelicans name Alvin Gentry new head coach

Anthony Davis has a new molder. The best young NBA big man this side of Shaquille O’Neal was the best selling point for any free agent coach...
Via Athlon Sports
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Alvin Gentry must worry about backcourt, not Anthony Davis

Some coaching hires are met with waves of acclaim and very little opposition. Some hires involve relative unknowns, or if not that, people who lived so far under the radar that it’s hard to even form an opinion. Such was the case with Erik Spoelstra in Miami after the high-profile Pat Riley years (interrupted by Stan Van Gundy’s tenure). Many hires in this or any other professional...
Via Crossover Chronicles
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Why Alvin Gentry is a Great Hire for the New Orleans Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans have reportedly hired Golden State Warriors assistant Alvin Gentry to be their new head coach. A 27-year veteran of the NBA bench, Gentry will bring much needed experience to a Pelicans roster that’s on the brink of contending in the Western Conference. His fast-paced offense should also do well with the type of talent New Orleans possesses. Great pick...
Via Sportsnaut
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Alvin Gentry hired as new Pelicans head coach

Alvin Gentry has been hired by the New Orleans Pelicans as their new head coach, according to a report. ESPN’s Marc Stein says the two sides agreed to terms on a contract Saturday. Gentry is currently serving as an associate head coach of the Golden State Warriors and will not join the Pelicans until after...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
6 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Tom Thibodeau not interested in Pelicans, thinks Anthony Davis will leave

Several teams are reportedly interested in Tom Thibodeau in the wake of his firing from the Chicago Bulls. However, the interest may not be mutual. According to NBA reporter Peter Vecsey, Thibodeau does not want to coach the New Orleans Pelicans because he believes Anthony Davis will leave the team when his contract allows him...Read More
Via Larry Brown Sports
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Van Gundy Formally Interviews With Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans held a formal interview with Jeff Van Gundy on Tuesday. Van Gundy and Pelicans' officials met in the Bay Area to discuss the opening. The sides had spoken over the phone, but this was the first face-to-face meeting, league sources said. New Orleans general manager Dell Demps met with another candidate, Golden State assistant Alvin Gentry, in the Bay Area...
Via RealGM
9 days ago  |  Discuss

With Jrue Holiday's recent health woes, is Tyreke Evans the Pelicans' point guard answer?

There's a fairly vocal contingent of the basketball watching online community that derides New Orleans Pelicans guard Tyreke Evans. While there's no arguing with Evans' knack for getting to the rim, and his handles are above reproach, the knock has always been that his scoring talent precludes him from getting others involved.Anyone staunchly adhering to that opinion after 2014-15...
Via Fox Sports
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Jeff Van Gundy a candidate for Pelicans job

It has been nearly a decade since Jeff Van Gundy roamed a NBA bench as a head coach. Since his last stint as the Houston Rockets coach back in 2006-07, Van Gundy has been calling games for ESPN/ABC. That might change this upcoming season. According to ESPN’s Marc Stein: “Jeff Van Gundy has emerged as a candidate for the New Orleans Pelicans’ head-coaching position, according...
Via Sportsnaut
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Jeff Van Gundy interested in Pelicans job

According to Marc Stein of ESPN.com, former Rockets coach Jeff Van Gundy has expressed interest in the New Orleans Pelicans’ head coaching job. Going online now: ESPN sources say Jeff Van Gundy has expressed interest in Pels’ coaching job and under consideration for post. Link on way — Marc Stein (@ESPNSteinLine) May 23, 2015 The... The post Jeff Van Gundy interested in New...
Via The Garbage Time
13 days ago  |  Discuss

Calipari: I have no interest in the Pelicans or any other job

It didn’t take long for John Calipari to shoot down reports that he may be interested in the New Orleans Pelicans opening. Just minutes ago, we shared a report by NOLA.com’s John Reid, which said that Calipari “may be interested” in coaching former players Anthony Davis and Tyreke Evans. Calipari didn’t waste any time in addressing it. Even though Anthony and Tyreke...
Via College Spun
17 days ago  |  Discuss

New Orleans Pelicans fire head coach Monty Williams after five years of service

One of the most appealing NBA head coaching jobs is now open. The New Orleans Pelicans have parted ways with head man Monty Williams after five...
Via Athlon Sports
23 days ago  |  Discuss

How the Celtics, Raptors and Pelicans should approach the offseason

The NBA saw its field of fighters lose three more squads this weekend, with the playoffs party whittling down to 13 as the New Orleans Pelicans,...
Via Athlon Sports
April 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Golden State: Not losing to New Orleans, but still snoozing

You snooze, you lose… unless you’re the Golden State Warriors against the New Orleans Pelicans in the first round of the NBA playoffs. The team with the NBA’s best record is about to reach the second round after a remarkable Game 3 escape. However, a clear pattern of regression coexists with the Warriors’ impending advancement in the playoffs. This captures the mixed-bag...
Via Crossover Chronicles
April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

The New Orleans Pelicans are playing well, but their inexperience could cost them

What’s surprising, and a bit disheartening, is that the New Orleans Pelicans could play very well throughout their entire playoff series against the Golden State Warriors and still get swept in four games. That’s the reality the Pelicans face after Monday night’s defeat, which saw them go down 2-0 in the playoff series. New Orleans carried over a strong fourth quarter in Game...
Via The Lottery Mafia
April 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Tracy Wolfson reports Tyreke Evans is out as he walks onto the floor

Tracy Wolfson is one of the best sideline reporters in the industry, but we all have one of those moments.  Before Game 2 of the Pelicans-Warriors series tipped off, Wolfson filed a report about injuries to New Orleans guards Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday.  The sideline reporter said that both would miss the game due to injury. However, just as Wolfson said Evans would be out,...
Via Awful Announcing
April 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Anthony Davis skies for one-handed alley oop vs Warriors (Video)

New Orleans Pelicans superstar Anthony Davis scored 20 of his 35 points in the fourth quarter of Saturday's Game 1 of their Western Conference playoff series against Golden State, highlighted by this one-handed alley-oop slam dunk where he displays his incredible vertical leap. Davis led a furious Pelicans comeback, as they rallied to within four points of the Warriors after being...
Via Holdout Sports
April 18, 2015  |  Discuss
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