According to the New Orleans Pelicans twitter account, both Anthony Davis and Quincy Pondexter are on track to start the 2016-17 regular season in uniform. Dell Demps informed a number of season ticket holders of the good news at an event at the team’s practice facility in Metairie.
Dell Demps at ticket event in our facility. Tells fans AD looks good and should start season with no restrictions pic.twitter.com/4gBQVMlbU6— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) September 7, 2016
In addition, Demps made mention of Buddy Hield’s work ethic by pointing to the frequency of the rookie’s preferred choice of music he’s heard blaring throughout the facility.
Dell, who's office is next to practice court, joked "Every night Buddy is here, I know he is working in the gym because I hear reggae music"— New Orleans Pelicans (@PelicansNBA) September 8, 2016
According to an article by Jim Eichenhofer, Hield has been practicing day and night when he’s been in town.
It was probably fitting that Hield’s conversation with fans took place at the Metairie practice facility – the Oklahoma product has spent so much time there lately, he probably could’ve had his mail forwarded to 5800 Airline Drive. There have been several summer mornings when he’s beaten everyone to the office, other than perhaps the crack-of-dawn equipment staff.
“One thing about Buddy is he puts in the work. He comes in here in the morning and works out, then comes back at night,” Pelicans GM Dell Demps said. “We have a speaker system set up in this gym, and every night he’s been in town, I hear the Caribbean music at 5 o’clock, blasting.
“So I try to get all my phone calls in before 5,” Demps joked. “He’s a hard worker. He wasn’t a guy coming out of high school who was a top recruit. He made himself into the college Player of the Year.”
Although Hield has not spent that much time in New Orleans yet, he’s fast becoming a fan of the locals in the city.
“My experience has been great so far,” Hield said. “Everyone in New Orleans has been welcoming me as family. Everywhere I go, they always say, ‘Put on for the city, baaay-bee,’ ” he noted, briefly shifting to his version of a local accent.
“So l love the fans already. It’s been a warm welcome.”
Following the disappointing news regarding Tyreke Evans’ return to action and more recently the health situation of Jrue Holiday’s family, the fanbase finally received some good news for a change of pace. Let’s pray it stays that way this upcoming season!