After the first week of training camp, we honestly know very little about what to expect from the New Orleans Pelicans at Saturday’s open practice and then during next week’s full slate of preseason games.
In previous seasons, media was allowed to watch significant portions of the training camp practices, from the coaching staff walking players through sets, teaching strategies to new additions to allowing full court scrimmages involving winners and losers. We had ideas about possible rotations, lineups, who was poised to start the season hot, who was not, and of course, who had added something new to their game over the summer months.
Outside of a Zion Williamson catch and dunk all in the same motion off the backboard via a Lonzo Ball lob pass from a sideline out of bounds play, we’re still very much pondering that on-the-court product.
It’s obvious that the starting lineup should consist of Ball, Jrue Holiday, Brandon Ingram, Zion and Derrick Favors, JJ Redick will be the designated sixth man — likely often closing games, and there’s strong competition for the remaining spots in the regular rotation. We know that the Pelicans will push the heck out of the ball in transition, attempting to run at the fastest pace in the league, and that the team desires to hang their hat on defense, trying to cause chaos and havoc with advantages in length, speed and athleticism.
On the bright side, there’s a good chance we’ll learn plenty tomorrow at 6 p.m because that’s when the Pelicans free-to-the-public event starts and Alvin Gentry promises no drills.
“I think it’s for the fans,” said the head coach after Friday’s practice. “They don’t want to see drills. We’ll get all of our practice in beforehand...We’ll treat them to a scrimmage with the two teams.”
Hopefully, you’ve already got your tickets in hand since the open practice is reportedly sold out, but if not, you’ll be able to live stream our first glimpse of Zion, Lonzo, BI and others running together.
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Only Jaxson Hayes is expected to miss all of the fun so please be sure to tune in to watch what’s expected to be one of the most exciting teams in the league this season!