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The Bird Calls Podcast Ep. 40: Deja Jrue — Another opening night recap for those who just love misery & disappearing acts

The New Orleans Pelicans show that the Nue Grit and Grind — the bedazzled alleged super-skilled version — is still more blues than free-flow poetry.

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Memphis Grizzlies fan holds up an NBA fan conduct advisory card after a verbal exchange with New Orleans Pelicans forward DeMarcus Cousins
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Remember how it felt waking up Wednesday morning?

Basking in that glow of a new Pelicans season being just one shift at work away. Stealing money from your employer by constantly slacking at work excitedly sneaking peaks at Twitter for any updates or Pelicans’ discussions about a game that looked very winnable on paper. It feels like an elephant’s gestation period ago. The world is a cold and empty place devoid of hope, love and beauty — this recap podcast is the Elliott Smith lyric sheet of season opener recaps.

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I open the podcast with a fresh out of serving the general public giant cups of rum straight to my couch rambling on rant of what we witnessed and who was seemingly in witness protection — Jrue Holiday (as Preston says, “The Richest Man in New Orleans”). Where’s the movement? Where’s the bench? Why is Tony Allen not locked on Mike Conley, or future Hall of Famer Dillon Brooks?

There were positives too. A commitment to crashing the offensive glass evident — Dante got an EpiPen. The offense flowed well in the 1st quarter. The defense was pretty good. E’Twaun Moore had a few nice moments, even if he was a little too passive. The Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins pairing clearly works, despite the rest of the cast working is a real question mark.

Jamile also comes on board to have us all take a deep breath, take a step back and rationalize why things have failed, and remind us that it’s only game one of an 82 game season. While not denying there is reason to be concerned about Jrue’s performance, the bigger problem is systematic continuity and implementation — due to the constant shifting of roles and styles of play. While he still needs a jet turbine engine to blow out the torch I’m wielding outside of Alvin Gentry’s house, he rationalizes the problems within the offense and provides hope for them working themselves out calming me down a hair.

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We also discuss DeMarcus Cousins’ first technical of the season, and how fan behavior can be unacceptable, and how Boogies’ reputation and history can invite fans to try to push his buttons.

Give us a listen to get you dazed enough to not feel the full impact of the gut punch the Warriors have waiting for us on Friday. Also, please rate and review us. We like you, like us back.