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Bird Feed: Monty Williams Happy on the Farm

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The Times-Picayune has an article on Monty Williams' relationship with Anthony Davis as the latter has developed into a go-to option:

"I don't want to take credit for it but I've been talking to him all summer about how, 'I'm not going to hold you back anymore,' " said Williams, who went out of way during Davis' rookie season to shield him from expectations and protected him from uncomfortable matchups. "Last year I spent a lot of time trying to teach him the game and teaching him about situations.

"Now, I feel like with the work he's put in, he should go out there and explore and take some calculated risks. We don't want to risk the integrity of our team, but he has worked so much on his game, he's got to go out there and do the things he's worked on."

It seems as if Davis has a green light to play facing the basket more, with the freedom to launch mid- or long-range jump shots if so moved.

Williams concedes that this year, he won't be pulling in the reins.

"We're going to go; he's our guy," Williams said. "I can't be the safety net anymore. He's got to go out there and get it done. And he understands that."

The play of New Orleans' second unit has been integral in their perfect 3-0 preseason record, and Brian Roberts has played well in the previous two games after missing the opener through an ankle problem.

Eric Gordon is apparently set to begin "full-scale practice" next week, though I'll believe it when it actually happens.

Finally, Jason Calmes has a great look at the new Pelicans arena features at Bourbon Street Shots.