Latest New Orleans Pelicans News

Hornets fire radio broadcaster after racial slur on Twitter

Sep. 3, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets have fired play-by-play radio broadcaster John Focke after he used a racial slur on his Twitter account last month. The team announced on Twitter Thursday that Focke would not return due to “a violation of the organization’s social media...

FILE - In this May 2, 2019, file photo, the DraftKings logo is displayed at the sports betting company headquarters in Boston.  DraftKings shares jumped 4% in morning trading, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020 after announcing that basketball legend Michael Jordan would take an ownership stake in the company in exchange for becoming a special adviser to the sports betting site.  (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

Michael Jordan gets stake in DraftKings for advisory role

Sep. 2, 2020 5:27 PM EDT

SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — DraftKings had a big bounce on Wall Street Wednesday on news that basketball legend Michael Jordan is taking an ownership stake in the sports betting site. Jordan is getting stock in DraftKings in exchange for providing “guidance and strategic advice” to the...

New Orleans Pelicans' Brandon Ingram (14) takes a shot over San Antonio Spurs' Dejounte Murray (5) during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Sunday, Aug. 9, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool)

Pelicans' Brandon Ingram named NBA most improved player

Aug. 31, 2020 7:23 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pelicans forward Brandon Ingram has been named the NBA’s most improved player in a season that saw him bounce back from a life-altering blood clot and a trade from the team that drafted him second overall in 2016. Ingram, who came to New Orleans as part of a blockbuster trade that...

Saints, Pelicans owner Benson tests positive for coronavirus

Aug. 28, 2020 3:15 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Gayle Benson, the owner of the NFL's New Orleans Saints and NBA's New Orleans Pelicans, has tested positive for COVID-19 but has not been hospitalized and has continued to work from home, a spokesman said Friday. “She is progressing well and improving daily,” Greg Bensel,...

FILE - In this March 11, 2020, file photo, Georgia guard Anthony Edwards (5) drives against Mississippi's Breein Tyree (4) in the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Southeastern Conference Tournament in Nashville, Tenn. Edwards is expected to be a contender for the No. 1 draft pick in the NBA draft lottery Thursday, Aug. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Minnesota wins NBA draft lottery, rights to No. 1 pick

Aug. 20, 2020 9:29 PM EDT

The NBA draft lottery was delayed three months. The Minnesota Timberwolves are certainly feeling like the wait was worthwhile. The Timberwolves won the lottery Thursday night, giving them the No. 1 pick. The lottery was conducted virtually because of the pandemic, with NBA officials doing the actual draw in...

Hornets suspend radio broadcaster for tweeting racial slur

Aug. 18, 2020 1:25 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The Charlotte Hornets have suspended radio play-by-play broadcaster John Focke indefinitely after he used a racial slur on his Twitter account. Focke used the slur while Tweeting about the Jazz-Nuggets playoff game. He has since deleted the tweet and apologized, saying it was a typo....

FILE - In this March 20, 2020 file photo, New Orleans Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry watches during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat in New Orleans. The Pelicans have fired Gentry, Saturday, Aug. 15,  after the club missed the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons.  (AP Photo/Rusty Costanza, File)

Pelicans fire Alvin Gentry after 5 seasons as team's coach

Aug. 15, 2020 4:51 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans are looking for a new coach to oversee the still nascent Zion Williamson era. The Pelicans fired 65-year-old coach Alvin Gentry on Saturday after the club missed the playoffs for the fourth time in five seasons. New Orleans went 30-42 this season, finishing with...

Pelicans fire coach Alvin Gentry after New Orleans fails to reach playoffs for 4th time in 5 seasons

Aug. 15, 2020 12:56 PM EDT
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pelicans fire coach Alvin Gentry after New Orleans fails to reach playoffs for 4th time in 5 seasons.
The Sacramento Kings take the court against the New Orleans Pelicans prior to the start of the game of an NBA basketball game Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Mike Ehrmann/Pool Photo via AP)

Into the unknown: NBA teams face concerns outside of bubble

Aug. 14, 2020 2:37 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Luke Walton was trying to find the right words to motivate his players to finish the season strong. The Sacramento Kings had been eliminated from playoff contention, which was nothing new for the team with the NBA’s longest streak of missing the postseason. Yet, even...

Orlando Magic center Nikola Vucevic (9) controls the ball against New Orleans Pelicans center Jaxson Hayes, front left, during the first half of an NBA basketball game Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. (Kim Klement/Pool Photo via AP)

Magic snap 5-game skid with 133-127 victory over Pelicans

Aug. 14, 2020 12:19 AM EDT

LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — Nikola Vucevic scored 23 points on 10-of-11 shooting from the floor and the Orlando Magic tuned up for the postseason by beating the New Orleans Pelicans 133-127 on Thursday to snap a five-game skid. Both teams were missing many of their top players in a regular-season finale...