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The Bird Calls Podcast Ep. 87: Trouble in Dallas and the Surging Anthony Davis

Plus an in-depth look at the New Orleans Pelicans upcoming slate of games, including rotations we’d like to see!

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Sports Illustrated shocked the NBA this week with reports regarding the “Animal House,” culture in the Dallas Mavericks’ front office. The ongoing culture of sexism and misogyny reportedly has taken place under Mark Cuban’s nose for almost 20 years.

“I mean, this is all new to me. That’s what I can tell you. Terdema [Ussery] was hired before I got here, and the assertions you made were news to me.” — Mark Cuban

Cuban went on to convey his disgust and embarrassment, but for many, it’s all too little, too late. The 19 years of abuse, both physical and mental, is bewildering and staggering. The NBA chooses to hold its players accountable for their conduct, and so to must it affect its officers.

Although the NBA boasts its ownership as the most progressive in sports, the comments made by Donald Sterling and Danny Ferry, coupled with this situation, leave lingering doubt. What else is going on out there?

We’ve seen the devastation of what doing nothing can mean in both Michigan and Penn State. We must hold our heroes, our executives, and most importantly, ourselves, accountable. See something, say something.

Anthony Davis

Anthony Davis is again in the headlines for something other than basketball as he sat down with Rachel Nichols on the Jump.

But rest easy, Pelicans fans, Davis wants to win, and he still wants to win in New Orleans. He went on to say he believed the Pelicans to be a true title contender with DeMarcus Cousins at his side. Even better, he is not settling with the big man sidelined with his Achilles rupture, rather he is planning to take a Russell Westbrook approach to the remainder of the season.

If you hear an uncomfortable stir, that’s the rest of the NBA.

Anthony was thoughtful in each of his responses. The fear of being Kevin Garnett does weigh on him, but he also acknowledged that a run can come at any time. If nothing else, his words all but promise one more opportunity to run it all back again with what we hope will be a healthy Demarcus Cousins’ in 2018/19.

Walter Lemon Jr.

Oleh Kosel gives you all the information you need on the 25-year-old attacking guard. Lemon appears in the mold of a younger, more athletic Jordan Crawford. A player capable of breaking down defenses, and attacking the paint, something the Pelicans need coming off the bench. But with a squad averaging 111.2 ppg on offense and 111.1 on defense, is more offense what this squad really needs?

Eh, but it’s only a ten-day contract. Let’s see what the young fellow can do!

Join David Grubb, Oleh Kosel and I as we break down all of these questions and so many more, and remember, if you like what you’re hearing, you can help us grow! Go on Itunes today, and give The Bird Calls Podcast a five star rating!