Bird Feed: Ryan Anderson Mulling Surgery, Smoothie Time and More

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- Yesterday, during the game against the Atlanta Hawks, Ryan Anderson admitted to FSNO that he's starting to do some things. No, it's not that he's getting close to returning, rather he may be able to avoid surgery:

Anderson tells Fox Sports New Orleans that he his almost pain free, and since the pain is subsiding, he'll delay a decision on whether to have surgery.

"I'm going to start increasing my workload in rehab and see how my body responds," Anderson said while sitting courtside with play-by-play man Joel Meyers and analyst Davis Wesley during Wednesday's game against the Atlanta Hawks. "I had a checkup today and was cleared do do a little shooting, no three pointers."

Anderson describes the nerve pain in his arms as "the worst in his life" despite playing through numerous injuries like fractured ankles.

It's great that Anderson is practically pain free but the last line of the article is pretty telling -- he's set his sights on returning at 100% next season.

- Today, the Pelicans have publicly revealed that the New Orleans arena will be known as the Smoothie King Center for the foreseeable future. Not a bad idea, from a marketing standpoint, to get this done just prior to All-Star weekend.

Upon purchasing Smoothie King in July 2012, Wan Kim immediately debated whether he should keep the Louisiana-based company’s headquarters in the New Orleans area, with larger Southern cities including Atlanta and Dallas looming as attractive destinations. However, after learning more about his new employees – many of whom are longtime Crescent City residents – Kim eventually realized that the best place for Smoothie King was where it began in 1973.

Kim’s decision to stay mirrored that of New Orleans’ NBA franchise, which has weathered significant adversity during the past decade to cement itself as a permanent fixture in the Pelican State. The team even renamed itself the "Pelicans" in April 2013.

Kim and the New Orleans Pelicans now have something else in common: Starting Thursday, the basketball team’s 17,000-seat home venue will be known as the "Smoothie King Center." The Pelicans and Smoothie King will hold a press conference at 11 a.m. Thursday to announce that they’ve reached a 10-year agreement on naming rights for the facility, which has been home to the local NBA franchise since 2002. It opened in 1999.

- With the NBA trade deadline a mere two weeks away, expect rumors to start swirling fiercely around the Pelicans. Several days ago, Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted:

    Yes, we just recently signed Luke Babbitt, but as well as we know Dell Demps, he's not done. With many teams deciding on whether to become buyers or sellers in the coming days, Demps will be looking for opportunities.


    First up? Cleveland? Earlier today, it was reported GM Chris Grant was fired and in last night's epic loss to the undermanned Lakers, head coach Mike Brown benched a number of starters including Kyrie Irving.

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