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Bird Watch | A Pelicans podcast
47 minutes | a month ago
What are Pelicans' odds to make playoffs ... and does it matter? Plus Jaxson Hayes' bag of tricks
Despite how it might feel after an unfiltered beatdown at the hands of the Brooklyn Nets, the Pelicans still stand well within reach of the NBA's play-in tournament, but what are the odds they can actually get there? Or better yet, does it actually matter? Bird Watch co-hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak dive into that and more from another rollercoaster stretch of Pelicans basketball.Also: Jaxson Hayes' bag of tricks has all the dunks ... but did he just pull a jumpshot out of there? DAILY PELS COVERAGE: NOLA.com/sports/pelicans
39 minutes | 2 months ago
Pelicans NBA trade deadline reactions: Lonzo Ball stays; Redick deal surprises
The NBA trade deadline came and the NBA trade deadline went, but despite all the noise surrounding a potential Pelicans trade of Lonzo Ball -- that turned out to be all it way. Bird Watch hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak go over their early reactions to the deals that didn't take place, and also the surprise deal that did just under the wire to send JJ Redick and Nicolo Melli to the Dallas Mavericks. DAILY PELICANS COVERAGE: nola.com/sports/pelicans
44 minutes | 2 months ago
As Pelicans stumble, should they sell on Lonzo Ball? How about on NBA Top Shot?
The Pelicans rollercoaster continues, but where does the buy/sell needle land after a pair of demoralizing losses to the Blazers as the NBA trade deadline approaches? Should Lonzo Ball be on the market? What if you own a Lonzo Ball moment? Bird Watch hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak dive in on those topics (and yes, a rapidly devaluing Pelicans Top Shot collection) in this week's episode.MORE DAILY COVERAGE: NOLA.com/sports/pelicans
45 minutes | 2 months ago
Zion and Pelicans back from All-Star Break, so what's next? With guest Jason Maples
As the Pelicans and the rest of the NBA get back from their All-Star Break hiatus, one thing we already knew but enjoyed re-learning anyway: Damian Lillard gets buckets ... even from halfcourt. But what's the deal with Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram, Lonzo Ball and the Pelicans as they embark on a crammed second-half schedule? What's the disappointment level? Can this team make the playoffs? Temple of Hoop's Jason Maples joins Bird Watch host Christian Clark to talk all that and more in this week's episode of Bird Watch. MORE DAILY PELICANS COVERAGE: NOLA.com/sports/pelicans
46 minutes | 2 months ago
Pelicans close first half on low note, so what are the takeaways? Trade targets?
The first half of the Pelicans' 2020-'21 season ended the same way it started, confidence-inspiring wins followed by crushing losses. So where do the Pelicans go from here with a week off to take stock? Bird Watch hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak break down some takeaways from the first 36 games, and where some popular Pelicans trade targets stand in the buy/sell debate.MORE DAILY COVERAGE: nola.com/sports/pelicans
49 minutes | 3 months ago
Zion Williamson is an All-Star, but does he deserve it? Was Brandon Ingram snubbed?
A sentence that was more about "when" than "if": Zion Williamson is an All-Star. But did he deserve the spot over NBA stars like Devin Booker, DeMar Derozan and others? Bird Watch hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak dive in after the announcement of the All-Star reserves to hit on that topic, whether Brandon Ingram deserved another All-Star bid, reliving a franchise-record comeback against the Celtics and more in this week's episode.MORE DAILY PELICANS COVERAGE: NOLA.com/sports/Pelicans
48 minutes | 3 months ago
On what Pelicans' rotation changes could look like & Zion's brilliance
The Pelicans are on the road again, so you know what that means: A lot of bad. After coach Stan Van Gundy hinted that rotation changes could be coming, Bird Watch hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak dive in for some possible answers there, as well as what's behind the insanely hot shooting by Pels opponents, and just how good Zion Williamson has been over the last few weeks.MORE DAILY PELICANS COVERAGE: nola.com/sports/pelicans
43 minutes | 3 months ago
Enjoying the good Pelicans: Zion hits new level, defense surges; trades up next?
It's been a rough start to the season, but the Pelicans have shown signs of a team turning the corner in recent weeks. Bird Watch hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak react to a pair of big wins over the Bucks and Suns that sandwiched deflating losses to the Kings and Rockets. Can the defense last? Can Zion Williamson continue to climb? Will the trade fairy come for a visit soon? Let's break down what we saw. MORE DAILY PELICANS COVERAGE: nola.com/sports/pelicans
60 minutes | 4 months ago
Pelicans stock watch: Whose value is rising like GameStop and who's dropped after uneven start
The Pelicans haven't been investing, but they've played a lot like the stock market this season: A lot of ups and downs. So with that in mind, Bird Watch hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak go down the line with Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson, Lonzo Ball and others to track who's value has risen through the beginning of the 2020-'21 season, who's holding steady, and who's fallen off a cliff. MORE DAILY PELICANS COVERAGE: NOLA.com/sports/pelicans
46 minutes | 4 months ago
What's wrong with the Pelicans? Going in on defense, shooting as skid wears on
The Pelicans are hard to watch right now ... and everyone knows it. After the Pelicans dropped another dud on national television, the frustration continues to mount. But what's the culprit for a 1-7 stretch after a 4-2 start? Bird Watch hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak dive in to break down some of the biggest issues plaguing the Pelicans on their road trip of woe.DAILY COVERAGE: NOLA.com/sports/pelicans
43 minutes | 4 months ago
Looking back on Pelicans-Hawks blockbuster, Trae Young nutmegs, more with Sarah Spencer
How are things shaping up for the Atlanta Hawks and New Orleans Pelicans two seasons after that 2019 NBA Draft blockbuster trade? Hawks beat writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution Sarah Spencer joins Bird Watch hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak to take stock of how things in Atlanta have developed since that trade, their own superstar in Trae Young -- plus a nutmeg counter -- and more as the 2020-'21 NBA season rolls on amid the coronavirus pandemic.LATEST PELICANS COVERAGE: NOLA.com/sports/Pelicans
46 minutes | 5 months ago
Pelicans prove they can win ugly ... and it's beautiful; here's why
It hasn't always been pretty as the Pelicans gritted their way to a 2-1 start, and that's a good thing. Over the first three games of the 2020-'21 season, the new-look roster has ridden strong performances by Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson and others, while turning up the defensive intensity that was lacking in recent seasons.Bird Watch hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak break down the early takeaways, why the ability to win ugly is an important thing for this pandemic-altered season, what the in-game atmosphere has been like, and more. Also: Steven Adams = the guy you'd want with you in the zombie apocalypse.MORE DAILY PELICANS COVERAGE: NOLA.com/sports/pelicans
47 minutes | 5 months ago
How Giannis Antetokounmpo's new deal impacts Pelicans; reactions after preseason opener
It's official: Giannis Antetokounmpo ain't leaving Milwaukee anytime soon, so how does that impact the Pelicans following the blockbuster trade of Jrue Holiday earlier this season? Bird Watch hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak break it down.Plus: Reactions (and pumping the brakes) after New Orleans' preseason opener ... and preseason dominance ... this week. Next up: Jrue Holiday returns. MORE DAILY PELICANS COVERAGE: nola.com/sports/Pelicans
43 minutes | 5 months ago
Reactions (overreactions?) to Pelicans schedule, ESPN player rankings, more
Is Zion Williamson the 19th-best player in the NBA? What type of hamburger is he, really? Does any of this matter?Bird Watch hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak offer some early reactions the Pelicans' schedule, the annual ESPN player rankings and more as the Pelicans near their preseason opener.MORE DAILY PELICANS COVERAGE: NOLA.com/sports/Pelicans
49 minutes | 5 months ago
Pelicans first impressions ahead of unusual training camp & some prop bet picks
Are you ready for Pelicans basketball? Do you even know who's on the team? Have you ever heard Steven Adams' accent? Ready or not, a coronavirus-adjusted training camp is kicking off and the first preseason matchup is less than two weeks away. Bird Watch hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak go through some first impressions of what to expect for this year's team from offense to defense, grit and New Zealand trivia tidbits.Also: Some picks for Pelicans prop bets, like Eric Bledsoe's assists, who leads New Orleans in scoring and more. MORE DAILY PELICANS COVERAGE: NOLA.com/sports/Pelicans
46 minutes | 6 months ago
Catching up on a Pelicans trade bonanza, rebuilt roster and Jrue Holiday's lasting impact
Dizzy yet? The Pelicans didn't make any splash signings in free agency, but they were at the center of one of the more complicated mega-trades in NBA history. In the end it sent Jrue Holiday out of town, and welcomes longtime Thunder center Steven Adams and former Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe to New Orleans.Bird Watch hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak break down the fallout from that trade, size up the Pelicans' reshaped roster -- including the No. 13 pick in Kira Lewis Jr. -- and offer some parting takes for Holiday's impactful era in New Orleans as he heads to Milwaukee with a prime chance to fight for his first NBA title with the Bucks.Remember to rate/review/subscribe!Check out more daily Pelicans coverage here: NOLA.com/sports/pelicans
55 minutes | 6 months ago
Pelicans NBA Draft preview: Trades, prospects to watch, more with Shamit Dua
Who will the Pelicans draft when they get on the clock for the 2020 NBA Draft next week? Will it be at 13 or somewhere else after a trade? Will Jrue Holiday still be on New Orleans roster? Shamit Dua of Bourbon Street Shots joins Bird Watch hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak to break down what to expect from the Stan Van Gundy-era Pelicans and several of the top prospects in this year’s class.
45 minutes | 7 months ago
Inside Stan Van Gundy's Pistons run, why it's a 'good fit' with Pelicans, 1 big question
With the Pelicans' new coaching era set to kick off in New Orleans, what should you expect from Stan Van Gundy in New Orleans? A good place to start is his most recent coaching run. Pistons beat writer for The Athletic, James Edwards III, joins this episode of Bird Watch to talk about SVG's final year in Detroit, his impressions of the Pelicans' new coach and more.
36 minutes | 7 months ago
Grading the Stan Van Gundy hire; early takeaways, reactions to Pelicans new head coach
The Pelicans have found their coach, and his name is a familiar one: Stan Van Gundy. What to think of the hire? Bird Watch hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak go through some key points, what we expect and hand the hire a way-too-early grade as another season of question marks approaches in New Orleans.
49 minutes | 8 months ago
Who's the Pelicans best option for new coach? On home-grown talent, more with Nuggets writer Harrison Wind
Can an NBA team win a title with home-grown talent? Small-market teams have to try. Denver Nuggets beat writer Harrison Wind joins this episode of Bird Watch to talk about that topic and more in This week's episode of Bird Watch with co-hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak. Also: If the Pelicans got their top pick, who would be the best option? Is it Doc Rivers? Ty Lue? Kenny Atkinson? A wild card? Check out this week's episode and more Pelicans content at NOLA.com/sports/pelicans
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