Much like the New Orleans Pelicans rookies, the Toronto Raptors rookies get their share of hazing. This type of treatment towards the newcomers apparently happens up in Canada too. Instead of making them carry around girly luggage, the Raptors vets were a bit more caring in that their gifts for the rooks will help keep them warm in the cold Canadian climate. Maybe they’ll stay warm, but that won’t keep their teammates from giving them as much grief possible.
At this point last season, the feeling surrounding the New Orleans Pelicans was one of hope. The team had just gone through a rebranding, acquired Tyreke Evans and Jrue Holiday in the offseason and was ready for Anthony Davis to take his first step towards stardom after an up-and-down rookie season. Unfortunately for the Pelicans, all that hope ended quickly when the injury bug bit the team early and often and eventually cost the team any hope they had at the
The 2014-15 NBA season boasts changes for many teams throughout the league. Of course there’s players switching teams every season, but this year it seems that teams are doing more to change the cosmetics of their franchises. With the Golden State Warriors again unveiling new sleeved uniforms, the Dallas Mavericks bringing about the first fan-based jerseys, and even the Cleveland Cavaliers with a new court with a silhouette of the city’s skyline that was showcased at their scrimmage Wednesday night, teams
The “hazing” – if that’s what you want to call it – of rookies and young players by veterans happens in almost all college and professional sports. Carrying bags or equipment, paying for meals and ridiculous haircuts are just a few examples of such hazing. Anything along the lines of giving them a small sense of embarrassment and humiliation usually works. One common approach by veterans is to somewhat emasculate the rookie. Whether it’s football, baseball or basketball, male athletes are
As the New Orleans Pelicans enter a pivotal season in their potential progression to a playoff team, swingman Tyreke Evans appears to project as a reserve. The good news is that if Evans comes off the bench for your team, your roster is pretty talented. The bad news is that Evans has shown that he is a much better player as a starter. Evans’ first season in New Orleans was filled with adjusting to a new team and adapting to a new role off
The stage is all set for an Anthony Davis takeover. However, a lot of dominos must first fall, both for him and the New Orleans Pelicans, before he can rise to the top echelon of NBA players, the neighborhood populated by the likes of LeBron James and Kevin Durant. Only 21 1/2 years old (at his tender age you still count the “halves”), Davis will be expected to lead a talented but inexperienced USA squad to the gold medal and a flawless record
Kevin Durant, Mike Krzyzewski, Jerry Colangelo and Kevin Love at a USA Basketball announcement in 2013. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images) The World Cup just ended, right? I’m sure of it. I watched it. Germany beat Argentina one-to-nil in extra time, thus ending two months of highly anticipated, very engrossing fútbol (spelled as such so as to not confuse it with American football). Well, it is and it isn’t over. FIFA has had its fun,
NEW ORLEANS PELICANS 2014-15 Offseason Additions: C Omer Asik, G-F John Salmons, G Jimmer Fredette, C Patric Young 2014 Draft Picks: G Russ Smith Draft Picks Coming: 2016 second round (Sacramento, protected 31-55) Draft Picks Going: 2015 first round (to Houston, 1-3, 20-30); 2015 second round (to Philadelphia); 2016 second round (to Milwaukee, 56-60); 2017 second round (to Minnesota, 31-55) Trade Exceptions: None Over/Under: Over the cap, under the tax Amnesty Provision: UnavailablePLAYER 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17 2017-18Eric Gordon $14,900,000 $15,510,000 Tyreke Evans $11,270,000 $10,730,000 $10,200,000Jrue Holiday $9,900,000 $10,600,000 $11,290,000Ryan Anderson $8,490,000 $8,500,000Omer Asik $8,370,000Anthony Davis $5,610,000 $7,070,000 $9,190,000Austin Rivers $2,440,000 $3,110,000 $4,240,000John Salmons $1,450,000Alex Ajinca $980,000Luke Babbitt $980,000Jimmer Fredette $920,000Darius Miller $920,000 $980,000Jeff Withey $820,000Russ Smith $510,000 $850,000 $980,000Patric Young $510,000 $850,000TOTAL SALARY $67,770,000 $58,200,000 $35,900,000 $0Player Option Team Option Qualifying Offer BACK TO TEAM