Justin Verrier ESPN Staff Writer
Pelicans brass meets after Tuesday's practice.
Pelicans brass meets after Tuesday's practice.
To help adjust to his offense's fast pace, specifically making decisions at that pace, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said they practice with a 5-second half-court clock and an 18-second clock. They also do 5-on-0 drills and work on understanding angles.
Anthony Davis didn't scrimmage at today's Pelicans practice. "Everything we do with him is predicated on him being ready to go 1,000% on the first opening night [of the regular season]," coach Alvin Gentry said.
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New Orleans Pelicans star Anthony Davis says he grew one inch this offseason and is now officially 6-foot-11.
There's more of Anthony Davis to watch this season. The Pelicans star, who was listed last season at 6-foot-10, said on the team's in-house podcast that he's now technically 6-foot-11. "They measured us like a week and a half ago and they said I was 6-11, which I don't want to be. I think 6-10's like the perfect height for me." Davis also said he's up five pounds to 250, but that he wants to see how he plays during a real game at that weight.
E'Twaun Moore said Alvin Gentry showed him Raja Bell's numbers and how well Bell played within his system. "Both of those guys have a toughness about them," Gentry said. "Obviously Raja was a very tough guy. I think smart players. I think E'Twaun is a very smart player. I think both are capable of making shots, finding the open spaces on the floor and making shots. He just reminded me of Raja -- kind of a quiet guy but have a sense of toughness about him. It's very beneficial to our team to have that kind of guy on our team."
Members of the Pelicans indicated they are more interested in taking action in their community to try to help fix social issues than staging protests.
Pelicans PG Tim Frazier said he worked on his shooting alongside close friend and former teammate Damian Lillard this summer. Frazier, who re-signed with New Orleans for two years, $4 million, has shot 32.3 percent from 3 in 62 career NBA games. The 25-year-old figures to see an increase in opportunity in training camp and early in the regular season with Jrue Holiday out for an indefinite number of games. Frazier said at Friday's media day that he told Holiday he'd "hold down the fort" until the veteran guard gets back.
With the Pelicans facing the possibility of missing the playoffs yet again, they need Anthony Davis more than ever to get the franchise through tough times.
Anthony Davis, who had an ultrasonic debridement of his left knee last spring, is happy to be back on the court and says he's even more explosive now.
Anthony Davis on rookie Buddy Hield's first official NBA practice: "He did good. There were times where Buddy did rookie mistakes. It happens. And as a leader, my job is to correct him, or if he's moving too fast tell him to slow down, show him what we're looking for in the offense or the defense. But he's a great listener. You tell him to do something, he might forget to do something else because he's trying to do what you told him to do. But that's always good. I'm happy that he's here. He's always willing to learn and work hard."
Anthony Davis said he feels great after participating in virtually every part of the Pelicans' first practice. Davis, who had an ultrasonic debridement of his left knee, said he only didn't do some conditioning toward the end.
The New Orleans Pelicans have signed Quinn Cook for training camp. The former Duke guard wasn't at media day on Friday but he's with the team on the first day of camp,
Pelicans GM Dell Demps said the team will monitor Anthony Davis' workload in training camp and the preseason, but he expects him to be "full go" for the regular-season opener.
Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday will miss an indefinite number of games to start the 2016-17 season as he supports his wife's recovery from brain surgery and cares for their newborn daughter.
Tyreke Evans says doctors found a blond cot in his calf soon after surgery for his right knee in early February -- his third in nine months -- but isn't concerned about lingering effects. He said he has no issues with the organization and, according to GM Dell Demps, could return in November but more likely December or January.
Anthony Davis made a point of saying that staying on the court for a full season is a big goal for him this season, and that he feels like he can withstand an 82-game season. Davis also said that he's committed to New Orleans and doesn't envision leaving.
Anthony Davis says Lauren Holiday recently gave birth to a baby girl.
Quincy Pondexter said Pelicans players recently visited Jrue Holiday in North Carolina and worked out with him.
New Orleans' Dell Demps says there is still no timetable for the return of Jrue Holiday as Holiday tends to his wife, former USWNT soccer player Lauren Holiday.
Pelicans GM Dell Demps says that they will "be smart" in preseason/training camp with Anthony Davis, who is recovering from a left knee debridement in March. Demps says the team will monitor Davis' workload, but he expects him to be "full go" by the start of the season.
Pelicans GM Dell Demps says Tyreke Evans (right knee) could be back in November, but, realistically, December or January is more likely. Same for Quincy Pondexter (left knee). Better estimates can be provided after 2-4 weeks, per Demps.
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In regard to national anthem protests, Pelicans forward Dante Cunningham says the team has a history of standing and that's what they intend to do.
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