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FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2020, file photo, Los Angeles Clippers head coach Doc Rivers questions a call during the first half of an NBA conference semifinal playoff basketball game against the Denver Nuggets in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Rivers is now head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. The first preseason camps of the coronavirus era are formally open, with teams limited for now to individual sessions with one coach and one player at one basket, all of this starting to happen as the pandemic continues raging and more and more Americans are testing positive.  “I’m very concerned if we can pull this off,” Philadelphia coach Doc Rivers said.  (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill, File)

New NBA coaches for 9 teams navigating compressed timeline

Dec. 19, 2020 11:32 AM EST

Pelicans first-year coach Stan Van Gundy was hired less than two months before the Pelicans first preseason game earlier this week. Never mind that he's taking over a roster that is loaded with young players and has been entirely overhauled since New Orleans hired David Griffin as executive vice president of...

FILE - In this Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020, file photo, Sacramento Kings head coach Luke Walton, left, talks with Buddy Hield during the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Los Angeles Lakers, in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. The hope for the Sacramento Kings' 2020-21 season is that speeding up their play on the court will help quicken the turnaround for a franchise that hasn't been to the playoffs since 2006. (Kevin C. Cox/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Kings hope faster pace helps end playoff drought

Dec. 15, 2020 1:30 PM EST

The quest to make it back to the postseason has been a long, slow trip for the Sacramento Kings. The hope this season is that speeding up their play on the court will help quicken the turnaround for a franchise that hasn’t been to the playoffs since 2006. After leading the league in fast-break points in...

FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2020, file photo, San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich reacts during the first half of the team's NBA basketball game against the Memphis Grizzlies in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. For NBA coaches, masks are required this season. Jackets are not. Rules for coaching attire will be relaxed by the league this year, though not as much as was the case during play at the bubble at Walt Disney World this past summer. Suit jackets or sport coats will not be required — but coaches won’t be able to wear the short-sleeved shirts that most donned for games in the bubble, either. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool, File)

NBA coaches attire: Masks are in, jackets are optional

Dec. 8, 2020 9:41 PM EST

MIAMI (AP) — For NBA coaches, masks are required this season. Jackets are not. Rules for coaching attire will be relaxed by the league this year, though not as much as was the case during play at the bubble at Walt Disney World this past summer. Suit jackets or sport coats will not be required — as...

FILE - New Orleans Pelicans' Zion Williamson dunks in the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Minnesota Timberwolves in Minneapolis, in this Sunday, March 8, 2020, file photo. Williamson expects to unleash a version of himself that is healthier, more demonstrative and less restrained in his second NBA season with the Pelicans. “Year 1 was a lot mentally and physically for me, but I needed that experience,” Williamson said Wednesday, Dec. 2, as the Pelicans underwent preparations for training camp.  (AP Photo/Stacy Bengs, File)

Zion Williamson moving past injuries, inhibitions in Year 2

Dec. 2, 2020 3:55 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Zion Williamson expects to unleash a version of himself that is healthier, more demonstrative and less restrained in his second NBA season with the New Orleans Pelicans. “Year 1 was a lot mentally and physically for me, but I needed that experience,” Williamson said...

FILE - In this July 30, 2020, file photo, New Orleans Pelicans' Brandon Ingram heads to the basket during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Ingram a restricted free agent, has agreed to a five-year, $158 million contract with the New Orleans Pelicans, said a person familiar with the situation. The person spoke to the Associated Press Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020, on condition of anonymity because the contract has not been announced. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, Pool, File)

Agents: Ingram agrees to max deal extension with Pelicans

Nov. 24, 2020 6:21 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Restricted free agent Brandon Ingram has agreed to a five-year, $158 million contract with the New Orleans Pelicans. Ingram's agents, Jeff Schwartz and Jordan Gertler of Excel Sports Management, confirmed the deal on Tuesday to The Associated Press. Ingram is the NBA’s reigning...

FILE - In this Jan. 22, 2020, file photo, Alabama guard Kira Lewis Jr. plays against Vanderbilt in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Nashville, Tenn. Lewis was selected by the New Orleans Pelicans in the NBA draft Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Pelicans take Alabama's Lewis with 13th pick in NBA draft

Nov. 19, 2020 2:14 AM EST

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Stan Van Gundy said he didn't have anything to do with the selection of New Orleans' pick in the first round of Wednesday night's NBA draft, but the Pelicans new coach can see Alabama guard Kira Lewis Jr. eventually playing alongside Lonzo Ball. The Pelicans took the 6-foot-3 Lewis with...