METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The Pelicans newly hired top basketball executive said he's keeping coach Alvin Gentry and wouldn't rule out the possibility of talking six-time All-Star Anthony Davis into...
AP sources: Pelicans hiring former Cavs GM Griffin
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Pelicans have reached an agreement in principle to make former Cleveland Cavaliers general manager David Griffin New Orleans' new executive vice president of basketball...
Clark, Payton help Pelicans rally past Kings 133-129
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Following his best game of the season, which included a career-best seven 3-pointers, all Ian Clark wanted to do was sit down.
Jackson, Booker lift Suns over Pelicans in OT, 138-136
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — As Josh Jackson's tying 3-pointer fell through the hoop in the dying seconds of overtime, Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry rushed to call a timeout his team didn't...
Holiday scores 29, Pelicans beat Nuggets 120-112
DENVER (AP) — After falling into a big deficit in the first half, the New Orleans Pelicans had to play their way out of their early struggles.
Randle scores 22, Pelicans beat Suns 130-116
PHOENIX (AP) — Whatever New Orleans Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said to Julius Randle at halftime worked.
Randle scored 16 of his 22 points in the third quarter, leading the Pelicans to...
Pelicans sit Davis in matchup against Lakers
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — All-Star forward Anthony Davis was held out of the New Orleans Pelicans' lineup against the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday night.
Pelicans interim GM: NBA rules compel club to play Davis
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — When the Pelicans finished practice on Thursday, Anthony Davis went into coach Alvin Gentry's office, followed later by interim general manager Danny Ferry.
Pelicans balancing Davis’ playing time with future concerns
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Even with one foot out the door, Anthony Davis is showing he can still produce prolific statistics for the New Orleans Pelicans.
He only needed 25 minutes to score 32-points in his first game for New Orleans since requesting a trade nearly two weeks ago. Davis also had nine rebounds and three blocks in a 122-117 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday night.
Anthony Davis says it’s his time now, ready to move on
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Anthony Davis wore a dark blue Pelicans hoodie with the sleeves cut off and "New Orleans" printed in red letters across the chest.
What he said after Friday's practice, however, left no doubt that his heart was somewhere else.
Davis picked as an All-Star reserve; 4 first-timers make it
New Orleans has an All-Star for the sixth straight year.
That is, unless he gets traded first.
Pelicans standout Anthony Davis — only three days removed from having his trade request made known publicly — was one of the 14 players announced Thursday as reserves for the All-Star Game in Charlotte. Davis wants to be swapped out of New Orleans by the Feb. 7 trade deadline, so it remains unclear if his uniform for the All-Star contest on Feb. 17 will bear a Pelicans logo or not.
Lillard leads Trail Blazers to 128-112 win over Pelicans
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Giving up 20 points in a quarter to a reserve forward may have been just the thing to let New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry air his many grievances with his team's defense.
Damian Lillard scored 22 points and eight assists to lead the Portland Trail Blazers to a 128-112 win over the Pelicans on Friday night.
CJ McCollum and reserve forward Jake Layman each had 20 points for Portland. Layman got all his scoring in the second quarter.
Davis has 38 points, 13 boards to lead Pelicans over Cavs
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans weren't concerned when the Cavaliers went 8 for 8 from beyond the arc to build a 13-point first-quarter lead.
"It's like the stock market," Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said. "At some point, there has to be an adjustment."
New Orleans pounced when the Cavaliers cooled. Anthony Davis had 38 points and 13 rebounds, and the Pelicans came alive in the second half to beat Cleveland 140-126 on Wednesday night.
James gets triple-double as Lakers beat Pelicans 112-104
LOS ANGELES (AP) — LeBron James had 22 points, 14 assists and 12 rebounds, and the Los Angeles Lakers beat the New Orleans Pelicans 112-104 on Friday night.
James got his third triple-double with the Lakers and No. 76 for his career, helping Los Angeles to its sixth consecutive home win. Kyle Kuzma had 23 points, and Ivica Zubac set season highs with 16 points and 11 rebounds.
Pelicans’ Gentry defends LeBron James on tampering charge
LOS ANGELES (AP) — New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry made it clear Friday that center Anthony Davis will not be traded to the Los Angeles Lakers or anywhere else as long as he remains under contract to the Pelicans.
Gentry's stance on comments by Lakers forward LeBron James about Davis was less consistent.
Moore returns for Pelicans against Heat
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says guard E'Twaun Moore is ready to return from a lower leg strain that sidelined him for two games and is expected to play Sunday night against Miami.
Gentry says forward Nikola Mirotic is missing his second straight game with a right ankle injury.
Moore, who has started all but three of 27 games in which he has played, has averaged 14 points per game this season. Recently he shifted into primary reserve role.
Holiday scores 37 points, Pelicans beat slumping Pistons
DETROIT (AP) — Alvin Gentry knew he needed Anthony Davis.
The New Orleans Pelicans coach didn't get his star at 100 percent. It was still enough.
Davis left with a right hip injury after a first-quarter collision with Detroit Pistons star Blake Griffin and missed the rest of the first half.
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Davis, Holiday lead Pelicans past Wizards 125-104
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis gave the Pelicans' latest lineup tweak a ringing endorsement.
Davis had 28 points and 15 rebounds as New Orleans stemmed a four-game slide with an up-tempo 125-104 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night. Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry adjusted his starting five by inserting Tim Frazier at point guard and moving Jrue Holiday to shooting guard, where he could focus more on finding his shot than running the offense.
Irving’s 26 points lead Boston past Pelicans, 124-107
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis had just trimmed New Orleans' deficit to a seemingly surmountable seven points when Boston's Kyrie Irving and Jayson Tatum combined to quickly squash any notion of a comeback.
Irving closed out a 26-point, 10-assist performance with a 3-pointer and a tough baseline fade over Davis, and the Celtics pulled away late for a 124-107 victory over the Pelicans on Monday night.
DeRozan, Aldridge lead Spurs to 109-95 win over Pelicans
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The San Antonio Spurs were nearly flawless in their execution against New Orleans, and that only added to the consternation of Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry.
DeMar DeRozan had 26 points, LaMarcus Aldridge added 22 points and 12 rebounds and the Spurs defeated New Orleans 109-95 Saturday, handing the Pelicans their fifth straight loss.
New Orleans has lost all five by double digits after opening the season with four straight wins.
Pelicans’ Davis misses 2nd straight game with sprained elbow
DENVER (AP) — New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis was held out for a second straight game because of a sprained right elbow.
Coach Alvin Gentry said Monday night before the game against the Denver Nuggets that while Davis still experienced some pain, the injury wasn't considered "any big deal." Gentry added that it's early in the season and the team doesn't want to take any chances.
Pelicans’ Davis sits vs. Jazz with elbow sprain
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans have ruled forward Anthony Davis out of the lineup for Saturday night's game against the Utah Jazz because of a right elbow sprain.
Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says David hurt his elbow during Friday night's 117-115 victory over Brooklyn. He played with the injury for the rest of the game, even making a victory-clinching steal of an inbound pass in the final seconds.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Alvin Gentry's ability to coach the Pelicans into the second round of the playoffs despite the mid-season loss of All-Star DeMarcus Cousins persuaded the club that Gentry deserved to be under contract beyond next season.
Gentry agreed on Thursday to an extension covering two additional years, running through the 2020-21 season.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Pelicans' penchant for pushing the pace looks more and more like a quixotic mission to out-Warrior the Warriors.
That's been the dilemma for Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry as New Orleans has slid into a 3-1 hole in its Western Conference semifinal playoff series against defending champion Golden State.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Rajon Rondo told Anthony Davis to "take a nap and think about 50" in the hours leading up to a playoff game New Orleans all but had to win to have any hope of staging a playoff upset against defending champion Golden State.
Davis didn't quite score 50, but his dominance around and above the rim got the Pelicans back in the series.
Extra rest may have hampered Pelicans’ rhythm in Game 1 against Warriors
OAKLAND, Calif. — The advantages of rest are obvious.
The drawbacks are more opaque and harder to define. Yet, Pelicans’ coach Alvin Gentry knew them when he saw them.
New Orleans was rewarded with a full week off between its sweep-clinching Game 4 win over the Portland Trail Blazers and series opener at Golden State. While it allowed time for rest, travel acclimation and system installation, it might have cost the Pelicans’ their rhythm, partially leading to a 123-101 loss on Saturday.
Walker: Alvin Gentry withstood the boos and losses, earning himself another year with Pelicans
Alvin Gentry heard all the boos.
He heard all the doubters who questioned if he could get the job done.
And he understood the criticism.
But the Pelicans' third-year coach never stopped believing in himself.
Not even 2 1/2 injury-riddled seasons with little results was enough to make Gentry doubt Gentry.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A person familiar with the situation says Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry's contract option for next season has been exercised by the club.
The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the club has not announced the move. The person says Gentry was informed of the decision before the Pelicans swept their first-round playoff series against third-seeded Portland.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis sat on the court, a scowl on his face and his biceps flexed on each side of his head.
The Pelicans All-Star had just converted a layup as he fell to the court after a hard foul. His strength-projecting celebration afterward was that of a franchise player determined to lay the foundation of his playoff legacy with a dominant performance in the clutch.
Walker: With backs against the wall, Demps and Gentry delivered in clutch time
The gathering outside the Pelicans locker room Wednesday night told the story.
Pelicans owner Gayle Benson stood with many of the other top brass in the organization, all wearing big smiles on their faces as they chatted with Alvin Gentry.
The Pelicans had just won their fifth consecutive game, a convincing 122-98 victory over the San Antonio Spurs in the regular-season finale.
Two nights earlier, the Pelicans had earned their first playoff berth since 2015 by beating the Los Angeles Clippers.
X-rays negative, Ian Clark removed from Wednesday’s game with ankle injury
New Orleans Pelicans reserve point guard Ian Clark fell hard to the Smoothie King Center floor with a sprained right ankle Wednesday and did not return.
Clark, a reliable backup to Rajon Rondo, crashed after missing a layup in the second quarter against the Memphis Grizzlies. He required help walking off the floor and avoided placing pressure on the injured right leg.
X-rays on Clark's right ankle returned negative, the team announced.
‘Just trying to win’: No. 8 Pelicans goal of postseason remains jeopardized into final five games
No one truly has the answer.
The New Orleans Pelicans have said they get little value from looking at the Western Conference standings. But with five games remaining, it has become impossible to avoid.
Percentages are fine and dandy, too, if the Pelicans want to see if this up-and-down season ends in the playoffs, which begin 12 days from Monday.
‘Just trying to win’: No. 8 Pelicans goal of postseason remains jeopardized into final five games (copy)
No one truly has the answer.
The Pelicans have said they get little value from looking at the Western Conference's sporadic standings. But, with five games remaining, they have become impossible to avoid.
Percentages are fine and dandy, too, if that’s the route chosen to see if the Pelicans will end this up-and-down season in the playoffs, which begin in 12 days.
Pelicans guard Holiday returns from flu vs. Pacers
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says guard Jrue Holiday has recovered enough from flu symptoms to play Wednesday night against the Indiana Pacers.
Holiday out with illness vs. Mavs, Hill starting
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says Jrue Holiday has the flu and is not in the lineup for Tuesday night's game against Dallas.
The resulting lineup shuffle means small forward Solomon Hill, who had played in only one game this season after coming back from a hamstring tear, will make his first start of the campaign.
Guard E'Twaun Moore, who has often started on the wing this season, was moved to shooting guard against the Mavericks.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry has been fined $15,000 by the NBA for publicly criticizing the league's officiating following New Orleans' 107-101 loss to Houston on Saturday night.
The punishment was announced Sunday by Kiki VanDeWeghe, the league's executive vice president for basketball operations.
Pelicans activate Hill for first time this season
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans say forward Solomon Hill is available to play for the first time this season against the Boston Celtics on Sunday night.
Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says he intends to play Hill, a former starter, in a reserve role and that his playing time in his initial games back from his hamstring tear will be "obviously very, very limited."
Hill tore his left hamstring last summer. The injury has required surgery in August.
Solomon Hill’s return possible Sunday, Alvin Gentry says; Frank Jackson unlikely to play in 2017-18
New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said starting small forward Solomon Hill's return from a torn hamstring is possible Sunday against the Boston Celtics, the second leg of the Pelicans' five-game homestand from Saturday to Thursday.
"Maybe," Gentry said Saturday. "There's a chance that he might be able to play a few minutes tomorrow."
Said Hill: "We'll see. I'm still just taking it day by day, communicating with the medical staff ... I'm just kind of playing it by ear."
‘I’m sick of it’: Alvin Gentry rips NBA officiating after Pelicans’ 107-101 loss to Rockets
Alvin Gentry started writing the check before he left the arena.
The New Orleans Pelicans’ coach unleashed a tirade regarding the NBA’s officiating following his team’s 107-101 loss to the Houston Rockets on Saturday night.
“I’ll take the damn fine they’re going to give me tomorrow,” Gentry said. “That’s fine. I’m sick of it. We haven’t said anything the whole year.”
His three-minute, 23-second outburst made up for the silence.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — James Harden's craftiness in the clutch ignited Houston's offense — as well as Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry's temper.
Harden had 32 points and 11 rebounds, and the Rockets won for the 21st time in 22 games, beating New Orleans 107-101 on Saturday night.
Pelicans’ Davis ruled out vs. Wizards
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — New Orleans Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis was ruled out of Friday night's game against Washington because of his sprained left ankle.
Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says he is "optimistic" about Davis' prospects for returning Sunday afternoon against Utah. Nikola Mirotic started at power forward in Davis' absence.
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans say imaging of All-Star forward Antony Davis' left ankle confirms a diagnosis of a sprain and that he'll be listed as doubtful against the Washington Wizards on Friday night.
Davis hurt his ankle in the third quarter Wednesday night in a victory in Sacramento, after which coach Alvin Gentry said X-rays were negative.
Davis, whose long-term status is being described by the Pelicans as day to day, has averaged 28.1 points and 11.1 rebounds this season.
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Anthony Davis has been at the heart of New Orleans' franchise record-tying 10-game winning streak. It's possible the Pelicans will have to go for No. 11 without their career scoring leader.
Davis scored 17 points before rolling his left ankle and leaving in the third quarter of a 114-101 win over the Sacramento Kings on Wednesday night.
Although X-rays taken on Davis' ankle were negative, coach Alvin Gentry sounded cautious.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Getting hit in the ribs only took Anthony Davis off the court for a short time. He came back and proved a one-man wrecking crew against the Los Angeles Clippers.
Davis scored 41 points despite a rib contusion and the New Orleans Pelicans won their ninth straight, 121-116 on Tuesday night.
He tied his career high with four 3-pointers and had 13 rebounds.
SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans took advantage of yet another Spurs injury to tighten the Western Conference playoff race even further.
Anthony Davis had 26 points and 15 rebounds, and New Orleans rallied in the final two minutes to beat San Antonio 121-116 on Wednesday night, adding to the Spurs' misery after losing LaMarcus Aldridge to an injury in the first half.
Pelicans to sign Emeka Okafor for remainder of season
Emeka Okafor signed with the New Orleans Pelicans for the remainder of the season on Monday, the team announced.
The 6-foot-10 center just completed his second 10-day contract with the team.
He has played in six games, averaging 3.7 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2 blocks. He's started four games, including Sunday's 123-121 overtime victory over the Milwaukee Bucks when he scored two points and grabbed six rebounds.
Davis leads Pelicans’ rout of Lakers
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Anthony Davis tuned up for the All-Star Game with one more dominant performance.
Davis had 42 points and 15 rebounds, and the New Orleans Pelicans beat the Los Angeles Lakers 139-117 on Wednesday night.
"(The Lakers) were switching a lot and (Davis) had a small guy on him a lot," New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry said. "He took advantage of it."
Anthony Davis-led Pelicans beat Pistons 118-103
DETROIT (AP) — New Orleans star Anthony Davis dominated Detroit as he usually does, scoring all over the court no matter who was trying to defend him in a red, white and blue uniform.
In another one of his strong performances against the Pistons, Davis had 38 points and 10 rebounds to lead the Pelicans to a 118-103 victory on Monday night.
Davis’ 43 points lead Pelicans past Thunder 114-100
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Anthony Davis set the New Orleans Pelicans' career scoring record in style.
The versatile 6-foot-10 big man scored 43 points to help the Pelicans beat the Oklahoma City Thunder 114-100 on Friday night. At 24 years old, he passed David West on the franchise's scoring list and has 8,702 career points.