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The Bird Writes Sep 20, 2017
Preferential star treatment: Will the Pelicans need to go to that well to re-sign DeMarcus Cousins?

Preferential star treatment: Will the Pelicans need to go to that well to re-sign DeMarcus Cousins?

The failed relationship of Kyrie Irving and LeBron James revealed the importance of team politics. NBA teams have been known to lure players with perks other teams don't give, but for our purposes, where do the New Orleans Pelicans sit on this issue? There are all kinds of fringe benefits good teams can offer over unsuccessful franchises — that’s a given, but what about all those who struggle to say afloat? If you can’t offer wins, a lot of national exposure, and chances for more endorsements, players may require appeasement in other ways. Ever read any stories about certain players...
Pelican Debrief Sep 20, 2017

Pelicans Predictions: Rajon Rondo To Lead The League In Assists

Heading into 2018, fans of the New Orleans Pelicans have high expectations for their beloved franchise! With players like Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins and Jrue Holiday (among others) on the roster, who wouldn’t anticipate big things? And with October 18th rapidly approaching, all fans can do is wonder what’s going to happen during NOLA’s upcoming […] Pelicans Predictions: Rajon Rondo To Lead The League In Assists - Pelican Debrief - Pelican Debrief - A New Orleans Pelicans Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Bird Writes Sep 19, 2017
If history repeats, a healthy Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins-led Pelicans team are damn near a playoff lock

If history repeats, a healthy Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins-led Pelicans team are damn near a playoff lock

Recent All-NBA teammates have shown a strong habit of not missing the big dance. Here’s a basic tenet that should be familiar to every sports fan: grouping several of the best players together increases a team’s chances to win games. Over the last three seasons, the Golden State Warriors have boasted 10 players who walked away with an All-NBA Team, an All-Defensive Team or both awards simultaneously. Yeah, it’s not a riddle as to why the current champions have won two of the last three Larry O’Brien trophies and should soon invite comparisons to previous dynasties at every...
Sactown Royalty Sep 19, 2017
30Q: Will Buddy Hield lead the Kings in scoring?

30Q: Will Buddy Hield lead the Kings in scoring?

The young Kings guard will be a big part of Sacramento’s offense regardless. When the Kings traded DeMarcus Cousins to the New Orleans Pelicans in February, many fans were disappointed that the main return in the trade was struggling rookie Buddy Hield. Despite Hield being a player that many fans had wanted in the prior draft, Hield hadn’t done all that well in New Orleans, averaging just 8.6 points on 39.3% from the field. As an older rookie, more was expected of him. Fortunately for the Kings, Hield looked like a completely different player in Sacramento. With more freedom to...
Pelican Debrief Sep 19, 2017

Player Breakdowns: DeMarcus Cousins, The Linchpin

This piece begins a series that analyzes every New Orleans Pelicans player leading up to the team’s first preseason game. DeMarcus Cousins is a producer of extremely varying opinions. His boundless potential and limited team success sits at the core of these opinions To start with, his offensive repertoire is staggering. One interesting quirk is […] Player Breakdowns: DeMarcus Cousins, The Linchpin - Pelican Debrief - Pelican Debrief - A New Orleans Pelicans Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Pelican Debrief Sep 18, 2017

Season Goals: DeMarcus Cousins’ Temper and Defensive Versatility

This article is the second in a series about every Pelicans’ most important goal for the 2017-2018 season. To read the first article, about Anthony Davis click here. At this point in his career, DeMarcus Cousins’ reputation has been one of personal success, team drama, and aggressive on-court play. He has been top ten in both […] Season Goals: DeMarcus Cousins’ Temper and Defensive Versatility - Pelican Debrief - Pelican Debrief - A New Orleans Pelicans Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Bird Writes Sep 17, 2017
Mission Impossible? Pelicans have defied history before

Mission Impossible? Pelicans have defied history before

New Orleans has two enormously talented big men. Talent alone might not be enough. The New Orleans Pelicans have two supremely talented NBA players on the roster in Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins. In the coming days much will be written on how teams with such talent should, or always have, made the playoffs. Our own Oleh Kosel has been teasing this work in recent podcasts. Whoever you ask rates Davis and Cousins highly. Sports Illustrated’s Top 100 puts AD at 8th overall and Cousins at 23rd. ESPN’s NBA Rank is even more optimistic with Davis at 6th and Boogie at 17th. NBA 2K18 has...
Pelican Debrief Sep 14, 2017

New Orleans Pelicans finish with 3 players in SI’s top 100

Heading into the 2018 season, the New Orleans Pelicans “Big Three” will be crucial to the success of the team. Jrue Holiday, Anthony Davis, and DeMarcus Cousins all are massively talented and it appears it’s not just Pels’ fans that appreciate them. All three landed in Sports Illustrated’s top 100 and more specifically, all were […] New Orleans Pelicans finish with 3 players in SI’s top 100 - Pelican Debrief - Pelican Debrief - A New Orleans Pelicans Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
Times-Picayune Sep 14, 2017

See where Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins were ranked in Sports Illustrated's Top 100

Anthony Davis came in at No. 8 on Sports Illustrated's top 100 NBA Players going into 2018.
Pelican Debrief Sep 13, 2017

DeMarcus Cousins ranked #23 in Sports Illustrated’s top 100

DeMarcus Cousins needs the Pelicans to find success this season nearly as much as New Orleans needs it. Despite averaging 26.1 points per game, 11.7 rebounds, 3.9 assists, 1.5 steals, and 1.5 blocks over the last three seasons, Cousins is only the 23rd best player according to Sports Illustrated’s top 100 players list. For most […] DeMarcus Cousins ranked #23 in Sports Illustrated’s top 100 - Pelican Debrief - Pelican Debrief - A New Orleans Pelicans Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More
The Bird Writes Sep 11, 2017
Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Dell Demps, Alvin Gentry... are all under the gun

Anthony Davis, DeMarcus Cousins, Dell Demps, Alvin Gentry... are all under the gun

The 2017-18 season will be a referendum year of sorts for the four most central figures of the organization. I've followed the Pelicans for the better part of the last 14 years and can vividly recall the team drafting a diminutive point guard out of Wake Forest as their first lottery pick in the city of New Orleans to snatching a championship winning Wildcat with the first overall pick of the 2012 Draft. While still a young organization, New Orleans has had it’s fair share of drama. From the peak of a magical 2007-08 season and winning 56 games (and a division title) to a troubling low...
The Bird Writes Sep 10, 2017
Jordan Crawford hopes to become a constant factor for the New Orleans Pelicans

Jordan Crawford hopes to become a constant factor for the New Orleans Pelicans

Can he stay potent shooting the rock while showing some improvement defensively? After years of scouring the basketball globe, Pelicans guard Jordan Crawford may be on the verge of calling New Orleans home. The 28-year-old appeared in 19 games for the Pelicans towards the end of last season, notching career highs in both field goal and three-point percentages. Crawford averaged a very respectable 14.1 ppg, only topped by the team’s biggest three stars: DeMarcus Cousins, Anthony Davis and Jrue Holiday in that span. Crawford was a dependable spark off the bench and was quickly dubbed with...
Fear The Sword Sep 9, 2017
Does a DeMarcus Cousins trade make sense for the Cavs?

Does a DeMarcus Cousins trade make sense for the Cavs?

With only one year left on his contract and questionable history, the big ma n would be a mistake for the Cavs The Cleveland Cavaliers finally completed their trade with the Boston Celtics and they have pivoted quickly to what’s next. According to Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com, the Cavs are shopping their newly acquired, unprotected Brooklyn Nets first round pick. A wave of speculation has surfaced over the past few days, linking the New Orleans Pelicans and DeMarcus Cousins with the Cavs and a package including the Brooklyn pick and Iman Shumpert. No reputable sources have actually...
The Bird Writes Sep 7, 2017
Pelicans plan to attack small ball by going big through DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis

Pelicans plan to attack small ball by going big through DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis

Alvin Gentry and the rest of the coaching staff are committed to taking advantage of New Orleans strengths, bucking the league-wide trend. Alvin Gentry joined ESPN’s 104.5FM Culotta and T-Bob on this morning’s edition of Off The Bench and shared plenty of good insight regarding the New Orleans Pelicans. The head coach first divulged some strategy, stating that the Pelicans plan to attack opponents often in the post through DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis. In a league where the lineups continue to get smaller and smaller, the Pelicans will attempt to go in the opposite direction and...
The Bird Writes Sep 5, 2017
NBA Trade Scenario: Pelicans should attempt to land Rodney Hood, TJ Warren, among others

NBA Trade Scenario: Pelicans should attempt to land Rodney Hood, TJ Warren, among others

With Quincy Pondexter off the books, it’s time to bring back Dante Cunningham, and bet the house on a trade exception young vet to fill the Hill void and round out the Pelicans roster. The league-wide perception of this Pelicans’ team is very perplexing to me. New Orleans has the superstar every team wants — Anthony Davis — who is surely inside top 10 best players in the NBA according to all those opinions that matter. Flanked next to him is the mercurial yet undeniably gifted DeMarcus Cousins, widely considered the best center in the league and a top 20 talent himself. While I...

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