Oh, there’s a lot of opportunities
If you know when to take them, you know?
There’s a lot of opportunities
If there aren’t, you can make them
Make or break them
— Opportunities, Pet Shop Boys
New Orleans Pelicans News
The New Orleans Pelicans have gone 2-1 this week, bringing their record to an even 3-3. They lost a big lead to the Suns, losing the game 104-98 largely thanks to a 37-24 third quarter. They won the second part of their back-to-aback in Memphis, 99-84. Then, they beat the still Kobe-less Lakers are their contest against the Rockets, 96-85. The Lakers game featured a career game from Davis, as well: 32 points, 12 rebounds, 6 blocks, and change.
Ryan Anderson’s condition has been upgraded and is day-today about halfway through the 3 week maximum given, just over the 1 week minimum given.
The next three games are on the road, and tonight’s game is only available through sources that allow you to see the Suns broadcast, like NBA League Pass. They return to the Arena Saturday against the so-far-surprising 76’ers.
Around Bourbon Street Shots
On the most recent In the NO podcast, the Kamenetzky Brothers joined Ryan and Michael to talk about the Lakers game and some former Hornets. Be sure to check out landolakers.com for more of their work.
On the prior In the NO podcast, Ryan and Michael discuss the first 3 games and the new mascot.
Ryan also looked at the Pelicans’ early defensive struggles.
On this week’s Trew to the Game, Chris discusses the Pelicans off-court 1-2 record.
Gerry V checks in after 6 games to give his first impressions of the Pelicans.
`Voices’ of the People
I agree with a lot of what you mentioned, but I think steamer had a decent game, I mean we know he is not gonna be an offensive player, but he altered some shots, got some tough offensive and defensive rebound and even put in a few points
Great post. How much of this do you think is related to Anderson’s absence? Watching the games, it seems like Stiesma has been sitting out in the Dumb Zone a lot, unable to effectively guard threes but getting blown by for shots at the rim. If his minutes could be reduced via Anderson return, I wonder if that could help an improvement as much as increased chemistry will.
A very, very small sample size of 5 games. Still, NO ranks near the bottom in offensive pace at about 95 possessions per game. Slowest pace of any team in the NBA is 93 and highest is 105.
NO’s relative slow pace is despite having good defensive rebounding and forcing turnover stats. IMO NO needs to pick up the pace to take advantage of its strengths.
One other thought on last night’s game: it was good to see Gordon play with intensity in a back to back situation.
For those interested in supporting the team but who can’t go to games for whatever reason, there are some bona fide ways to support the team in a financial way without costing you thin dime.
Most fans focus on tickets and merchandise as ways to financially support their team, but the real bucks come from sponsorship, TV deals, and public money, and these things do not directly cost fans much money, if any at all.
The TV deal the Pelicans have is fixed for several years, so there’s nothing to be done there, and the public money is secured for years as well.
That leaves sponsorship money. Sponsorships can work in a number of ways for a number of reasons, but the basic idea is that the number of eyeballs on a Pelicans broadcast or appearance has some intrinsic value to businesses or organizations looking to sell products or get a message across. This value is then negotiated into a financial value the team pockets.
Thus, to support your team, you can go on record as having a pair of those eyeballs. Here are the things you can to financially help the team without necessarily spending any extra money:
- Visit pelicans.com regularly
- Download and listen to the Black and Blue Report
- Take a peek at the corporate partners. Let their sponsorship be a factor in your decision-making process. When given the opportunity, let the business know their affiliation with the team influenced you.
- Watch and listen to the games, especially in public or with other people.
- Download and use the Pelicans app (there’s a Saints app, too)
- Engage the team using social and electronic media:
There are other things, I’m sure, but you get the idea. Even if you already support the team financially, these kinds of support will help the team keep prices low, keep spending money on the franchise, and keep the team where it belongs.