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The Bird Calls Podcast Ep. 17: DeMarcus Cousins responds ‘Facts’ to idea of Carmelo Anthony in New Orleans

Plus further discussion on the Pelicans rotation and how we think the important pieces can all fit together.

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Kevin, Preston and I kicked off this podcast to discuss a rather harmless twitter exchange, but damn, does it make for an entertaining idea: What if Carmelo Anthony was to team up with DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis in New Orleans? One person on board with this thought was none other than Boogie himself!

As great as this possibility sounds, the likelihood of the Pelicans winding up with Melo through a trade is infinitesimally small. New Orleans has no exciting young pieces with the requisite value to offer the Knicks and pair up with Kristaps Porzingis.

Besides a potential Dante Cunningham signing, the members slated for the regular rotation you see now on the roster are overwhelmingly the odds on favorites you’ll see on the court when the games start to count.

On the surface, the Pelicans appear to be a little guard heavy, but we’re not as down on the group as a whole as most in the national media — both the rotations and pieces make more sense to us than the pundits. For instance, too many are basing their predictions on irrelevant data or questionable opinions. Why should we be inclined to see the same shaky Jrue Holiday from last season again? Why continue to classify Cousins and Davis as two bigs who are unfit to handle small ball when their skill sets suggest they are so much more? Why focus narrowly on the record produced in the games Boogie and The Brow played together when the surrounding context is much more valuable?

As always, we hope you enjoy the listen!