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The Bird Calls Podcast Ep. 65: Assistant Coach Jamelle McMillan discusses all relevant topics concerning New Orleans Pelicans

DeMarcus Cousins, Jrue Holiday, turnovers and double-digit leads morphing into team losses!

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Assistant Coach Jamelle McMillan joined Preston and I to discuss the biggest topics concerning the completed portion of the schedule for the New Orleans Pelicans yet offer hope for improvement in certain areas for the rest of the season.

The conversations include the apparent flipflop in the effectiveness of the offense/defense from last season to this year, the concerning number of turnovers leading to easy points for opponents, the lack of offensive rebounding — despite the coaching staff continually making it one of the priorities, and the team’s inability to close games out after holding double-digit leads in second halves.

In addition, Jamelle goes in depth about several key players. He divulges his budding relationship with DeMarcus Cousins and brings up the fine line Boogie is forced to walk, the sudden offensive turnaround for Jrue Holiday yet lack of appreciation for the shooting guard’s defense, and the explosion of E’Twaun Moore.

Lastly, we prod Jamelle to talk about his career — what comes next for a guy wearing all of those fine suits we’ve become accustomed to seeing during halftime interviews on Fox Sports New Orleans, and how he spends his time away from the Smoothie King Center and the Pelicans practice facility.

Enjoy this special podcast, and if you like what you hear, please rate and review it!