The New Orleans Pelicans hosted their Sideline Premier Event Tuesday night and Dennis Lauscha and Alvin Gentry said several things of interest to the assembled crowd. Perhaps the most important news was the fact that Gentry thinks this squad will eventually bring an NBA championship to the Crescent City.
Lauscha: This coach says we're going to win a championship and we believe that. Some coaches are afraid to say that.— Julie Boudwin (@Julie_Boudwin) September 1, 2015
In addition, Gentry spoke on several other topics. He thinks if the Pelicans can stay largely healthy, they will do some special things this upcoming season. It is important, though, that the Pelicans sign Norris Cole. Gentry believes Anthony Davis is going to be a special player in the league for a long time, but as far as last year, Draymond Green should have won the Defensive Player of the Year award.
Gentry: In my opinion, Draymond Green should have won defensive player of the year award.— Julie Boudwin (@Julie_Boudwin) September 1, 2015
Gentry hopes to remain in New Orleans for a very long time because he loves the food. His favorite?
Gentry: Favorite food in NOLA, anything with étouffée.— Julie Boudwin (@Julie_Boudwin) September 1, 2015
During Lauscha's presentation, he stated that the new video boards installed this offseason are yet another step to make the Smoothie King Center the undeniable home of the Pelicans. He also quipped that the Pelicans will remain in the city for the long haul because of a higher power.
Lauscha: We're locked in for 25 years. We're not going anywhere. I'm a local, if we're going anywhere my mom is going to whip me.— Andrew Lopez (@_Andrew_Lopez) September 1, 2015
Lastly, Michael Stanfield, the senior vice president of sales, announced that the Pelicans have sold out of certain floor seating options.
The Pelicans' representatives were handing out flyers to prospective buyers with the first five sections of potential seating areas for the 2015-16 regular season blocked out with the words "SOLD OUT" boldly written.
The "Hollywood A", "Hollywood B", "Feet on the Floor", Floor A and Floor B sections were no longer an option for the full season, half-season or 12-game packages the team is selling.
The first section available with all three packages is Club A, which takes up the majority of sections 101, 112, 113 and 124 and the first few rows of 102, 111, 114 and 123.