Jeff Duncan article.
he media session was part of the league's pre-event publicity for the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday at the Smoothie King Center, but a handful of the questions specifically addressed Davis' happiness with the club, which is in danger of missing the playoffs for the fourth time in Davis' five seasons in New Orleans.
"I don't plan on leaving, so make sure you write that down," Davis said when asked about trade speculation.
Another questioner asked Davis about an Internet rumor speculating that he and Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook could eventually join forces with the Lakers in Los Angeles, where his agent, Arn Tellem of Wasserman Media Group is based.
"I don't pay attention to (the rumors)," Davis said. "I don't know who said it or how it came about. I'm with the Pelicans right now."
Everyone feel better now? I have it written down.
What is he supposed to say?
"I'm not going to allow my putative owner to answer that question, this is an NBA related press conference. Paul Tagliabue and Roger Goodell have collectively sung their praises of Tom and if uh ESPN has a problem with that tell Mr. Skipper to call me at my office."
Would you tell your boss that you hate your job and that you want to leave?
Has anyone posted about what the new CBA means for AD's next contract? What sort of advantage will the Pelicans have monetarily over everyone else in order to keep him in NOLA?
TBW did a decent breakdown here:
There's so much pressure on NBA stars to ditch the small market and head elsewhere. The media always talks about it. I know he loves NOLA, but so many people are gonna be in his ear by the time that contract runs out that it's gonna be too much for him.
I wouldn't blame him to be honest though. This organization is pretty much a disaster and Anthony should be canonized for the fact that he's only played in 4 career playoff games in his career and hasn't lost his mind.
If we don't put a contender around him by the end of this current contract, we don't deserve him.
It's so funny. He says I don't plan on leaving, then when he addresses the laker rumor he says, "I'm with the Pelicans RIGHT NOW."
He's saying the right thing in his first comment but his last comment is telling. He is a NBA superstar. We will either win with him or he will eventually leave. It's pretty obvious that is the way it is.
Very insightful write up about AD on nba.com....
"we might make dollars, but we don't necessarily make sense"
"always be sincere....whether you mean it or not"
Interview with Gentry. Scary McGrady asked a few questions. Talked about AD and getting a team around him. The injuries.
Injuries, what injuries? Everyone is healthy, and we suck.
If you Jimmer it, they will come.
I think he is talking about Jrue and Tyreke being out to begin the year as well as Quincy. If I recall both ajinca and asik were also banged up to begin the year (that doesn't mean much as both are not very useful anyway). Moore had the toe injury keeping him out for a some of games. So to be fair there were injuries but not as significant as last year. Don't think that is why we are not a very good team though and it is an excuse for our record by Gentry. What else is he to do though.
And then he mentioned for this year the team has been .500 with Jrue. Which is a fact since he's been starting. He simply stated some facts.
Injuries are a weak excuse. We are .500 with Jrue starting, and sub .500 when he plays (he had 6 games when he came off the bench). Injuries can't be an excuse for this team. We are just meh.
Whats with the lead comment "you had to work harder for your opportunities." The guy was bounced as a HC how many times? Dude is a high end retread.
Obviously Quincy Pondexter is the key to our team's success.
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I'm one to admit Gentry is probably not the coach for this team long term. I see a team too free wheeling and severely lacking discipline.
But the significant injuries were real and extraordinary. They are anything but an "excuse." The Clippers and Grizzlies sure as hell looked pedestrian when injuries hit them.
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