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10 hours, 34 minutes ago on Pelicans Playoff Hunt – Not Quite There
This is an excellent article, chock full of stats that aptly demonstrate Eric Gordon's significant contribution since his return from injury. It's important -- especially with a player with Gordon's history -- that you have given credit where it's due: Gordon is back on the court now instead of rehabbing from season-ending surgery. What I think is also important to note is that Gordon's role has changed in light of Jrue Holiday's absence. Eric is being asked to do more, and he has responded. The Pelicans coaching staff is to be commended for understanding Gordon's strengths and putting him in the right role and position to help replace some of Holiday's lost contribution. I remain concerned that Holiday's injury is more serious than we fans have been told; I now have come to doubt he ever played a single game this season where you would say was fully recovered from last season's injury. Sam Bowie's name is starting to creep up in the back of my mind when I think about Holiday's situation. I pray that's just a fleeting thought that never really materializes. Let's hope Jrue gets back to 100% soon and resumes his important role on this team. We miss you, Jrue, and we're looking forward to your quick and complete recovery.
4 days, 8 hours ago on What Has Gotten Into Eric Gordon?
Jason, you are a solid sports journalist who always brings a
thoughtful, cautious analytical approach to your writing. A mid-season report card such as yours is
certainly warranted, and you have approached it appropriately in this piece. Other so-called “sports journalists” who try
to trump up a controversy out of whole cloth on twitter and the blogosphere,
however, are an embarrassment to your profession. No legitimate journalist should ever advocate
the firing of a head coach of a team he reports on, much less speculate about
that coach’s replacement while that coach is still employed. This local hysteria these so called journalists have concocted about firing Monty Williams
mid-season is a complete joke, and the fact that the national sports media have wholly
ignored it in their own mid-season NBA report cards proves that.
1 week, 2 days ago on Monty Williams: Difference or Indifference?
This article and its author have no credibility. After all these years of listening to you
bitch & moan about Monty Williams, these are the best 3 “true” faults you
can find with him as a head coach? Seriously? Two of your “true”
faults (#2 and #3) are not actually faults at all but simply disagreements
about matters of judgment/philosophy/opinion. And I bet if you took a poll of all current and past NBA head coaches,
you’d find a vast majority that actually side with Coach Williams on these two points
instead of with you. And your “true”
fault #1 may actually be a product of the current roster being too slow to learn
the current offensive sets the coach wants to install instead of something that
goes back 4 years to the CP3/DWest era.
And your idea that John Calipari is a better head coach than
Coach Williams and that he is going to be willing to leave Kentucky to come
coach the New Orleans Pelicans is absurd. First, Calipari has the sweetest job in all of men’s basketball (college
or NBA). He has a much more loyal,
devoted and intelligent fan base with the Wildcats than he could ever hope to
find with the Pelicans (a team that will always play second fiddle to the
Saints in this town). And Kentucky fans don’t
call for Calipari to be fired every time he loses a game like you and other
Pelicans fans do with Coach Williams. They
don’t care a whit that he uses an “educational institution” as a 1 year
revolving door for NBA hopefuls like Anthony Davis. And all you need to know about Calipari as an
X’s and O’s coach just requires you to look back at that NCAA championship game
he lost as head coach of the Memphis Tigers. Talk about an important game that a head coach allowed to slip through
his fingers because of poor coaching – now, that game ought to be held up as
the prime example of how not to coach a championship game. And you want the Pelicans to fire the team’s 5th
year, 43 year old head coach (many of whom in the NBA and college coaching
ranks view as an up-and-comer) during mid-season so the team can try – and fail –
to bring in that guy? If you were put in
charge, you could easily turn out to be the next Buddy Diliberto – the man who brought
New Orleans Mike Ditka.
1 week, 3 days ago on New Orleans Pelicans Issues Go Beyond Monty Williams
@Kempleton In response to your second question, I think there must be some confusion between what happens during a full timeout as opposed to a 20 second timeout. During a 20 second timeout, the coaching staff does not have time to do anything other than talk to the players. However, during full timeouts, if you watch closely, you will see that the first thing Monty Williams does is huddle -- alone -- with just his coaching staff, with his clipboard in hand. Then he talks to his players. There is no legitimate basis for criticizing the coaches based on this practice.
2 weeks, 2 days ago on Observations: Boston beats Pelicans
@Clef504 How does Tom Thibodeau's rejection of the Hornets' alleged offer to become head coach in 2010 (right before the Hornets hired Monty Williams -- supposedly not the team's first choice) demonstrate that this Pelicans team can get an upgrade over Monty Williams if the team fires him. To me, it shows the opposite: that the best head coach candidates will choose another team to coach instead of New Orleans if given the choice. These are the team's other head coaches since the Hornets moved to New Orleans in 2002: Paul Silas, Tim Floyd, Byron Scott, and Jeff Bower, all of whom were fired by New Orleans. In retrospect, Silas was probably the best of the bunch, but he got fired after coaching the New Orleans Hornets for only one year. What makes anyone believe this team will be successful attracting someone better than any of the 5 men who have previously coached this NBA New Orleans team? Suddenly, the fraternity of potential NBA head coaches is going to start perceiving the Pelicans' head coach position as a plum prize when no one has ever viewed our team that way before? And the way to improve the perception of your team among the coaching fraternity is to fire a man who has improved the team's record for 4 consecutive seasons, who was handpicked as an assistant for Team USA by Mike Krzyzewski, and who is loved by the Pelicans franchise player? I don't get it.
@RafaBrazil Are you talking about replacing Monty Williams with his former Hornets assistant coach Mike Malone who was just fired last month by the Kings after coaching 106 games and compiling a .368 record in his first and only stint as a head coach?
A significant number of New Orleans sports fans begin their frustration
about any sports team they follow with the idea that some coach needs to be
replaced. With the Pelicans, however,
upgrading the coaching staff is way down the list of this team’s most important
Top Pelicans Priorities in 2015:
1.Figure out how to get out from under Eric Gordon’s
albatross of a contract;
2.Sign Anthony Davis to a second contract;
3.Sign Omer Asik to another contract;
4.Get a decent small forward to add to the
5.Get a decent backup point guard;
6.Figure out how to improve the in-person game attendance
at the Smoothie King Center;
7.Figure out how to make New Orleans a more
attractive destination for free agents;
8.If possible, figure out how to get Ryan Anderson
back to his pre-injury self;
9.Continue to work with Tyreke Evans to help
develop his dramatically improved outside shot; and
out how to maximize the positives for the organization that will come from
Anthony Davis’ first appearance as a starter in the All Star Game.
This franchise (going back to its inception as the Hornets
in North Carolina) has never advanced further in the playoffs than its loss to
the Spurs in game 7 of the 2nd round of the playoffs in 2008. Anyone who attended all 4 home games of that
series should appreciate how important it is to stay grounded and understand
the reality of what it means to be a fan of a New Orleans NBA team. Could the Pelicans coaching staff be better? Sure, but when you look at the challenges
facing this organization, replacing coaches is definitely far from its highest
priority. Are there better head coaches
out there who would agree to come coach in New Orleans? That’s questionable. Unless you catch lightning in a bottle as the
Warriors did with Steve Kerr (who outside of Oakland would’ve thought that
would happen like it has?), trying to find a better coach than Monty Williams is
a crapshoot. Look who’s the head coach
now of the Lakers and the Knicks (storied, huge market, championship franchises
that one would think would have the pick of the litter).
I for one am one long-term fan of this team who would like
to see the talented, hard-working and knowledgeable writers on this excellent
site try to keep the normally intelligent and thoughtful dialogue here more
practical and less hysterical. Please, let’s
tamp down the incessant “fire Monty” screams that hurt my ears every time some fan
thinks the Pelicans lost a game they could have won. Monty Williams is not going to be fired right
now. Having a debate and discussion at
the end of this season about whether to replace the Pelicans head coach is
fine, but for right now, please, it’s boring and annoying.
When Coach Monty Williams makes lineup and rotation changes that result in an 11 point win over a 25-10 Western Conference playoff team, does he get any credit for that?
2 weeks, 5 days ago on Pelicans’ All Around Effort Too Much for Grizzlies
Great insights and observations as always, Jason. My favorite two moments towards the end of the game that sealed the win for the Pels over the Suns last night were Tyreke Evans' 2 point drive to the basket in traffic with 17 seconds left and Jimmer Fredette's 2 free throws with 10 seconds left. Tyreke is so strong and so fast. No one can stop that man when he's on like he was last night. And Jimmer had ice water in his veins as he stepped to the line for those two shots that sealed the victory. You could see just from his posture and his body language that he knew he was going to nail both shots. And I thought Monty Williams coached a heck of a game. It's fun to be ending 2014 in the playoff discussion. Can't wait until 2015.
4 weeks, 1 day ago on Phoenix Suns Fall to New Orleans Pelicans 110-106
Shortly before AD23 was mercifully pulled from the game last night against the Blazers, there was an ISO in the low post by LaMarcus Aldridge -- who outweighs AD by 30 to 40 pounds -- where Aldridge dribbled 4 or 5 times, backed his way towards the basket by literally pushing AD out of the way and then tossed up a one handed shot from 5 feet that bounced around the rim and went in. That -- plus the half dozen missed layups by a smorgasbord of Pelicans players in the 1st half -- was the story of the game. AD23 is clearly the future of our franchise, but we occasionally have to be reminded like this that he is still a youngster who is still growing into his game. It was fun to get excited during the Pelicans' recent run of good games, but seeing Aldridge school AD as he did last night certainly brought this Pelicans fan back to Earth. It will continue to be a fun season to watch as Davis continues to develop into a legit NBA superstar, in spite of reminders like last night's loss against Portland that let us know there is still a ways to go.
1 month, 1 week ago on Pelicans lose big to the Trail Blazers
Got me humming "Use ta Be My Gal,' O'Jays, circa 1978.
1 month, 1 week ago on Pelicans Waive Guard Gal Mekel
Specifically with regard to Tyreke Evans, he is definitely playing the
point a lot more than I would have expected him to play this deep into the
season. I wonder how much of that is due
to Jrue Holiday’s injury/recovery/rehabilitation, and how much is an intentional
choice/decision by the coaches.
Evans and Holiday have definitely stepped up in Eric Gordon’s
absence, and during the 7.5 quarters Anthony Davis has missed so far.
But the result is a lot more minutes for Holiday and Evans, and
for Ryan Anderson. Both Anderson and
Omer Asik re-entered last night’s game against the Warriors at the 9:30 point in
the 2nd quarter (due to Jeff Withey’s and Dante Cunningham’s 2 quick
fouls), and Asik was clearly exhausted by the end of the half. He was mouth breathing and struggling to run
the court by the end of the 2nd quarter. Usually Coach Williams likes to wait until
about 6 minutes left in the 2nd quarter before putting his starters
back in the game, so the minutes logged by and sequencing of play for the
starters last night were not ideal.
I’m beginning to wonder how much of Ryan Anderson’s rusty
shooting is because he is logging more minutes than he is used to.
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Tyreke Evans and Small Sample Sizes (Revisited)
I never would have thought the Pelicans should consider
trading Ryan Anderson until I saw him miss that game tying 3 point shot against
the Mavericks last night.
And then I looked at this...
Through 21 games so far this season:
Tyreke Evans’ 3 pt % (.321) vs. Ryan Anderson’s 3 pt % (.311)
Tyreke Evans’ FG % (.414)
vs. Ryan Anderson’s FG% (.405)
1 month, 2 weeks ago on Pelicans Lose a Close One in Dallas
Counting last night's win on the road against the Lakers, the 2014-15 Pelicans are 7-5 in games that Eric Gordon has played in, 2-5 in games he did not play in.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on New Orleans Pelicans Net Easy Win over Los Angeles Lakers
Zzzz... The only thing interesting about this development is the name of Ft. Wayne's team. Go Mad Ants!
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Russ Smith has been Assigned to the Fort Wayne Mad Ants
Yawn! Wake me up when something important happens with the Pelicans roster.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on New Orleans Pelicans Fill Final Roster Spot with PG Gal Mekel
It's sad to admit the Pelicans bench is so bad that signing this NBA discard with domestic violence concerns (when that's one of the main topics of interest right now among the sports media) is considered an exciting in-season upgrade.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on The New Orleans Pelicans Sign Forward Dante Cunningham
Here are the results of the first head to head showdown this year between
the 10th pick in the 2012 draft (Austin Rivers) and the 12th
pick (Jeremy Lamb): tonight’s
stats: Jeremy Lamb: 15 points in 15
minutes, 5 rebounds, 1 steal, zero turnovers, 1 foul. Austin Rivers: 5 points in 12 minutes, zero rebounds, zero
steals, 2 turnovers, 2 fouls (and because Rivers played the point at times during
this game, zero assists).
stats: Jeremy Lamb: 12 points per game, 2.1 assists per game, 4.2
rebounds per game, 1.17 steals per game, .906 free throw percentage. Austin Rivers: 6.7 points per game, 2.3 assists per game,
1.8 rebounds per game, 0.47 steals per game, .686 free throw percentage.
1 month, 3 weeks ago on Observations on Thunder @ Pelicans
Because of Eric Gordon's torn labrum, it looks like a lot of you folks who have been rooting for him to be benched will get your wish. We'll see how that turns out for y'all. EJ, if you read this website, please know that 99% of Pels fans are wishing you a speedy and successful recovery.
2 months ago on In the NO Podcast Ep 195: No Gordon, No Asik, No Problem?
Aside from the obvious fact that this Pelicans team is
vastly different without Omer Asik on the court, what I saw that was new during
last night’s game against the Nuggets was the team giving more playing time with
the starting unit to Jrue Holiday at the point guard position. Holiday is still not 100%, and he continues
to play through his recovery (the simple fact that he’s doing that and the team
is letting him do that says a lot about both Jrue and the importance the team
places on having him in the starting lineup in whatever capacity he’s able to fill). During the early games this season, what we’ve
seen much more of in the starting unit is Tyreke Evans at the point forward position, with Jrue
playing a non-point guard role. When a
team makes a major adjustment like they did last night (putting Holiday in his
true point guard role, which is of course is where he needs to be, when fully healthy),
there are always going to be struggles that accompany that type of adjustment. But what we saw while the team is adjusting
to this change last night, as Coach Williams observed after the game, was more
Pelicans possessions that wound down to under 5 seconds on the shot clock,
resulting in many forced shots. While it’s
painful to watch these kinds of adjustments when they’re foundering right
before our eyes, it’s actually quite a good thing to see that everyone feels Holiday
is finally healthy enough to start spending more time with the starting unit in
his true point guard role.
2 months, 1 week ago on Observations: Pelicans at Nuggets
@ChristopherRomaguera I like it when a revelation about the Pelicans hits me out of the blue and causes a bulb to light up over my head, and your comment in your reply to nolahog about Austin Rivers did that for me today, Chris. It should have been obvious before you even mentioned it, but you're absolutely right that Rivers is currently the Pelicans' best bench player after Ryan Anderson. Now, overall my assessment of last night's road loss against the King and his Cavs is positive. I saw a lot more good things from our squad than bad. And it is definitely good to start to see hints of legitimate NBA caliber play out of Rivers. But it's sad when you realize he is the 7th best player on this team, and as this season drags on, the excessive number of minutes that Monty Williams will justifiably give to players 1 through 7 (assuming they stay healthy) -- combined with the limited minutes for players 8 through 15 -- will help guarantee that any hoped-for playoff appearance by this team will be short-lived. But I'm still encouraged about the direction of the team and am anxious to see roster upgrades as soon as Dell Demps can afford them.
2 months, 2 weeks ago on Moleskin Moments: Cavaliers vs. Pelicans, Meat Pies and Cheese Fries
Re your excellent observation about Tyreke missing layups and having them cleaned up by big men: The way the Pelicans bigs crash the boards each time Evans drives to the basket makes you wonder if they're actually expecting him to miss.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Anthony Davis Gets the Pelicans Over the Hump in San Antonio
@Michael McNamara @Come On Pelican Mike, you've done a nice job so far this season not jumping on those bandwagons. I am one fan and reader who appreciates that. Thank you. The roster of this particular Pelicans team (with its subpar bench) and its coaching staff (they are what they are) are pretty much set for this season, so I am hoping for a healthy year and am anxious to see what the end product looks like in the spring.
2 months, 3 weeks ago on Notes from Underground: Practice 11.6
Thank you, Chris, for writing a substantive, informative article about our Pelicans that doesn't mention benching Eric Gordon, that doesn't question Coach Williams' lineups or rotations, and that doesn't advocate firing the head coach.
This Pelicans team has two key players who are just returning from serious injuries that prematurely ended their seasons last year. And we're already questioning the head coach's starting lineup (one that includes 1 new player -- Tyreke -- who has never started with the other 4 and 1 new player who is in his 1st year with the team)? Seriously?
2 months, 3 weeks ago on New Orleans Pelicans Top Charlotte Hornets, Eric Gordon Bottoming Out
It's silly to advocate benching your highest paid player after only 2 games into an 82 game season. There's a lot that's going on with this starting lineup that's entirely new: Asik as your interior presence whose role is to clog up the paint and give AD23 free reign to roam and shoot at will and crash the boards, and Tyreke as a point forward/SG. You have to give these men some time to learn how to play together, and you have to give the coaches some time to understand their roles and how to maximize their contributions. And once you get past your sixth man, this bench is atrocious. The weakness of players 7 through 15 on this roster is the primary reason there will be no serious playoff run by the Pelicans this season. Eric Gordon's strength as a young player was his ability to penetrate. But now, after all of his injuries, he's a step slower, and his defenders are a step faster. He and his coaches should be able to learn how he fits into this starting lineup if they are just given a little time (i.e. more than 2 games).
2 months, 4 weeks ago on Finding the Right Role for Eric Gordon
This is without a doubt the most thoughtful, relevant and insightful article that's been written about our Pelicans in a long time, primarily because it accurately recognizes that -- for better or worse -- Monty Williams will be the head coach of this team for the 2014-15 season, it recognizes his preferences and idiosyncrasies, it recognizes that Eric Gordon is not going anywhere anytime soon, and it makes a persuasive argument for why this coach should vary from his traditionalist approach by starting a 6' 6" player at SF. Thanks for the research and analysis and the nice read. This Pelicans fan hopes you're right that Tyreke Evans will start along with Jrue Holiday and Eric Gordon.
6 months, 2 weeks ago on An Educated Guess on the New Orleans Pelicans Rotation
Thank you for writing an article explaining why you have nothing to report.
6 months, 3 weeks ago on Lebron and Melo Are Handcuffing Dell Demps
You sure do know a lot about coaching and running a basketball team, McNamara. Where'd you learn so much, Lutcher High School?
10 months ago on Game On: New Orleans Pelicans at San Antonio Spurs
I honestly can no longer stomach the constant negativity and second-guessing that's come to predominate this site and your sister site pelicansreport.com. Though I've been a Saints season ticket holder since 1992 (and a Hornets/Pelicans ticket holder since they came to New Orleans), this type of constant sniping and whining is the same reason I stopped following similar online sites about the Saints. I had higher hopes for this site, and for a while it really was different here. Maybe it's just something in our genes here in the Crescent City. Maybe we just can't help ourselves. Remember when we killed the 1984 Worlds Fair with all of our complaining and negativity? If y'all actually do end up getting Monty Williams fired eventually, I hope you think back to all of this when the next head coach ends up being worse and when Anthony Davis ends up leaving us like Chris Paul did. And then, perhaps I'll be dead or too old to care once New Orleans no longer has an NBA franchise. I hope y'all enjoy each other's company.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Pelicans Can’t Hold On, Fall to Grizzlies
Excellent pre-game analysis. Mason. You're absolutely right that Marc Gasol clogs up the middle defensively as well as any center in the league. And the Pelicans have no one on the roster to counter him. One hope will be to send our 3 headed triumverate of centers plus AD23 right at him offensively in the hope that he will get in foul trouble.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on Game On: Grizzlies @ Pelicans
We're witnessing something really sad right now, which is Austin Rivers' reversion back to his old 2012-13 season self. Despite a lot of minutes last night against the Bucks, he was tentative running the point. He seems to have no confidence when the Pelicans have the ball and doesn't appear to see the court well during New Orleans' half court offense. He had zero assists until the 4th quarter, but then he recorded three quick assists that were all outside shots: a 3 pointer and a long jumper to AMo and a 3 pointer to Aminu(!). Though Brian Roberts will never be a favorite among Pels fans, last night's performance by Rivers shows why Roberts ends up -- pretty much by default -- getting a lot of playing time. Austin's lack of progress this late in his second year of professional basketball may eventually require Dell Demps and Monty Williams to admit they made a mistake in drafting him and move on.
10 months, 3 weeks ago on The Pelicans beat the Bucks
There's a big difference between giving Stiemsma and Ajinca minutes and giving Darius Miller minutes at this point in the season. There's good reason to believe that either Stiemsma or Ajinca will be gone next season, possibly both of them. There's also a need to give them minutes so Monty Williams and Dell Demps can decide who to keep. Right now the Pelicans have 3 moderately capable backup centers on the roster. Next season, one, perhaps 2, of the team's current centers will be gone. Coach and Mr. Demps need to try to learn a lot of things about their current centers to help them make the right decision. Demps and Williams know they have only one more guaranteed season with the Pelicans, and they both know they'd better start producing more wins next season and getting butts in the seats at the Blender (I like JannyMeza's new name for the Arena above - kudos!). In the grand scheme of things, though it would be nice in a perfect world to see Miller get more minutes, that's simply a luxury that's not in the cards right now.
10 months, 4 weeks ago on Pelicans Snap 8 Game Skid with 132-125 Road Victory over Lakers
The only players we're certain to see wearing Pelicans uniforms next season are AD23, Tyreke, Anderson and Jrue.
11 months ago on Pelicans are Foul in loss
After Eric Gordon's 3 pointer halfway through the 3rd period, the lowly Kings then went on a 22-7 run to close out the quarter. I didn't see much defense or offense from the Pelicans during that stretch. When Rivers eventually replaced Gordon in the 3rd, everything seemed to get even worse for New Orleans. Rivers' only points that quarter were on the intentional foul. In addition to the 2 de facto turnovers caused by missed free throws, he had another actual turnover and zero assists. I called Rivers a lost lamb on offense earlier this season. He got lost again last night. I agree he's a better defender than Brian Roberts, but Roberts consistently hits 3s and jump shots and is fabulous at the line. Without Jrue Holiday, Coach could probably play eeny meeny miney moe when selecting his PG rotation for the game. Maybe he should try starting Tyreke Evans at the point. And I don't mind Coach giving Jeff Withey some minutes during the last part of this lost season, but Withey looked terrible in that 3rd quarter stretch.
How about this? He was on the court leading his team at PG during a horrible 3rd quarter collapse by his team, missing 4 consecutive free throws at a crucial time (that's a fact, not a stat) and was viewed as such a Pelicans liability that the opposing team's coach had his team deliberately foul him to put him on the free throw line.
There was absolutely no compelling reason on God's green Earth for Anthony Davis to play through pain and put himself on the court 2/3 of the way through a bad season in a meaningless game. But he did it last night in Phoenix. And that says so much about him and also provides inspiration to a team and franchise he's quickly become a leader of. AD23 came back early from his broken hand, he barely missed any time after dislocating his finger (playing several games with two fingers taped together), and now this. The true greats in the history of this game have more times than not found a way to get themselves on the court. They always believe they can help their team, and they WANT to be out there. Thank you, Mr. Davis, for what you're doing for this team. Pelicans fans are learning that the sky's the limit for you, and we can't wait for you to take us along for the ride.
11 months ago on Suns Execute Down Stretch, Outlast Pelicans
Monty Williams needs to teach his players to make free throws, not to throw the ball out of bounds and to the opposing team, and to shoot the ball before the 24 second clock expires.
11 months ago on Anthony Davis is Injured in Blowout Loss to Mavericks
Seriously? The best New Orleans Hornets team ever was the 2007-08 team that lost to the Spurs in Game 7. In addition to All Stars CP3 and DWest, the team included eventual Olympic Gold Medal winner Tyson Chandler and Peja Stojakovic (8th all time in 3 pointers and 2011 NBA Championship Ring recipient). That season, with 0.8 seconds left and a multi-year Mavericks losing streak on the line, Peja received an inbounds pass and sunk a 3 pointer that put the game into overtime and catapulted the Hornets to a win over the Mavs and the franchise's best season ever. Two years later, all four of those starters were gone.
11 months, 1 week ago on Of Course the Pelicans Will Retire Chris Paul’s Jersey
I really don't get where you're coming from, Pluto. So you're saying that when a former player who departed New Orleans 4 years ago under negative circumstances visits our stadium, we're supposed to cheer him and wear his jersey, but at the same time we're supposed to trash the head coach who's still here and working 80+ hours per week to try to help the current team succeed? I only became a Hornets fan when I bought season tickets for the first time when they moved here in 2002, but I have to admit a lot of folks' ideas about what it means to be a "fan" in the NBA is much different from any other sport I've ever followed. I can't stand it when locals show up at our arena and wear the jersey of and cheer for players on the visiting team. I frequently smile and shake my head in appreciation of amazing plays such as those I saw from Blake Griffin in the Smoothie King Center on Monday night, but I'll never actually cheer for or support any opposing player.
I thought that was you wearing that Chris Paul jersey.
The day I see a Chris Paul jersey hanging from the rafters in Smoothie King Center is the last day I'll ever attend an NBA game there. It made me sick enough just to see some locals walking around the Arena wearing his jersey at last night's Clippers game. I didn't boo CP3, but I certainly cheered every time he missed a shot and got called for a foul.
Coach Williams is so lucky to have all of us around to point out his "mistakes" so he can "learn" from them.
11 months, 1 week ago on Clippers bury Pelicans under the Three Ball
With all of the attention that is being heaped on him right now, I decided to spend some time last night watching Monty Williams. He actually LOOKED like he was TRYING to coach this Pelicans team: yelling at the refs (there was a lot to yell about), calling timeouts at appropriate times, making key substitutions, talking to his players and assistants. It appeared he was successful with 8 and a half minutes left while trying to convince the refs that one of his players had committed an out-of-bounds rather than a shooting foul. The refs appeared to be calling a shooting foul at first, but then conferred and changed their ruling to a non-shooting foul. Of course, I couldn't hear what words were actually coming out of Coach Williams' mouth. Maybe he's talking gibberish.
I'm glad people don't watch me work 8 hours/week and then offer their opinion about whether I should keep my job.
11 months, 1 week ago on Pelicans Drop Heartbreaker to Wizards
Remember when Buddy Diliberto picked Mike Ditka to replace Jim Haslett as the Saints head coach? Are y'all going to help select the next Pelicans coach after you get Monty Williams fired?
I am like you in some ways, because I too am always watching the Pels, either in the stands, or in a bar, or on my sofa. Cheers. But are you saying you believe they would have won last night's game with Roberts on the bench and Rivers on the court during the final possession? If you don't believe that, then what exactly are you saying Monty Williams did to lose that game? I think it's much more on the players who were and weren't able to play in the game.
It's easy to sit on the sofa and microanalyze every action taken publicly by the head coach of a sports franchise and complain about each of them. What's more complicated is thinking through the next steps after you help orchestrate his firing. It's like the dog chasing the car: what does he do with it once he catches it? Monty Williams is the 5th head coach of this team since it's been in New Orleans and the 2nd longest tenured. After the CP3/Shinn/Bower/Stern ownership fiasco and Tom Thibodeau's rejection of the Hornets' offer, it's critical to ask whether some franchise stability is more important right now than minor disagreements about x's and o's and in-game line-up decisions. Old NBA head coach retreads almost always fail. Are there better coaches out there? Probably. Can you get them to come to New Orleans? Questionable. Do you have a Plan B, C and D in place that will be better than the current situation? Doubtful. It's good that Dell Demps/Mickey Loomis et al have the right perspective and are running this team.
It's absurd to blame this 1 point last second road loss (on a back-to-back) to a playoff team on one coaching decision with 7 seconds to go in a 48 minute game. The truth is that without Ryan Anderson and Jrue Holiday, this roster stinks. Imagine yourself as head coach and looking down this Pelicans bench at substitution time: which player who would be out of the NBA if he weren't wearing a Pelicans jersey do I put on the court now? Do players who aren't named Brian have any accountability on this team? With 2 & a half minutes left, did you see John Wall blow by two Pelicans defenders all the way to the hoop as if they were standing still? He’s an elite PG who may be the fastest player in the NBA. Like Austin Rivers was going to stop Wall from penetrating and dishing to Nene for the dunk at the end of the game? Give me a break. How about Eric Gordon's 21 foot clunker jump shot with 2 minutes left and plenty of time on the shot clock that gave up a two point lead? How about Ajinca's lane violation with less than a minute left that gave the Wizards an extra point (how many points did we lose by)? Bottom line: this team is bad without Ryno and Jrue and with no center, and it has no depth. Our shock shouldn't be at one end-of-the-game coaching decision; it should be at the fact they were even in the game.