As it was reported last week, Anthony Davis is in Los Angeles, California because a number of New Orleans Pelicans are getting ready to engage in offseason workouts together.
In his downtime, Davis visited Skyspace, a new tourist attraction inside the 72-story U.S. Bank Tower. Not only does it feature the tallest open-air observation deck in California but also a ride known as Skyslide, a fully enclosed 45-foot slide made entirely of glass sitting roughly 1,000 feet in the air.
As it was probably to be expected, Davis was heard exclaiming, "Oh shit. Oh shit!" when going down the slide. It's one thing to be able to soar high above the rest of the NBA but an entirely different experience when a person's feet sit hundreds of feet above the earth. Once the quick ride was over, however, Anthony was all smiles again.
Barber worked out for the Pelicans in May and Dell Demps and company must have liked what they saw. He's a shoot first guard out of NC State. Last year he averaged 23.5 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 4.5 assists for the Wolfpack.
The end of that game was absolutely incredible. Wow. Enjoy that win Dante!
I'll be diving into this much more tomorrow morning. Just looking at big picture numbers the Pelicans defense has gone from a flaming dumpster to surprisingly average.
Whats the consensus on Asik's contract? Bust? Or did they have no choice b/c Anthony Davis probably told management that if they want him to resign, then they gota bring back Asik, who despite being a subpart defender, can rebound and bang a bit in the paint. The podcast above talks about Asik, Tyson Chandler, and Robin Lopez's contracts signed this past summer.
Roberts spent time with the Clippers last season, but he appeared in only 12 games and 103 minutes total. The year before, however, he played in 49 games for the Charlotte Hornets. He averaged 6.9 points and 2.4 rebounds in approximately 20 minutes of action per game. The most promising statistic was perhaps his 38.6 shooting percentage from three-point territory.
Regardless, it's another wingman being considered by the New Orleans Pelicans -- it's sure beginning to look the plan might be to have a group of players fight for at least one roster spot. Will the competition bring out the best in one of the potential candidates?
Kilpatrick was solid for the Milwaukee Bucks during summer league averaging 18.3 points while posting an impressive .473/.457/.840 shooting line. Be sure to check out this post from the Cincinnati blog Down the Drive for more insight on the former Bearcat.
It appears that NZ Breakers shooting guard Corey Webster will get a chance to work out for the Pelicans. Webster has emerged as the leading scorer for both the Breakers and the Tall Blacks over the past couple of seasons. He's probably still a long-shot to make the final roster, but as a Kiwi, it would give me another reason to cheer for the Pels if he did.
Sorry Chicago, but it appears Anthony Davis' heart is in New Orleans.
The coach said after players finished working out in Los Angeles recently that Davis told Gentry and GM Dell Demps that he was tired and wanted to get back home.
Gentry recalled saying, "So your going back to Chicago?"
"Davis said no, he was going home to New Orleans."
"The fans in attendance loved the story of Davis' love for the city that has embraced him in his three years in the league."
Before signing his extension, there was a lot of speculation that Davis would either choose a path that would hasten his departure from the Crescent City, or at the very least, circle the extension's expiration date on his calendar. The story by Alvin Gentry yesterday further cemented that nothing could be further from the truth.
About this time of the year, there are often plenty of blurbs going around about NBA players being in the best shape of their lives. However, considering today's news concerns Ryan Anderson, the New Orleans Pelicans player who had suffered a devastating spinal injury close to two years ago, this information is way more important than the usual standard good public relations spin. Coming off the most disappointing season of his career, Anderson's timing couldn't be any more perfect as he's entering a contract year and will play in Alvin Gentry's stat-inducing system.
"He’s been so into it this summer," Sumerlin said of Anderson’s dedication. "He’s excited. He’s been consistent and has the right mindset. It’s the way he’s working out. I showed him HITS, which is high-intensity training. You don’t just do one set and catch your breath. You constantly go through different stations, kind of like CrossFit. His heart rate is constantly up. He’s really thin."