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Pelicans' Williamson out at first week of regular season

Oct. 14, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Pelicans forward Zion Williamson is now expected to miss at least the first week of the regular season because his recovery from surgery to repair a right foot fracture is taking longer than anticipated. “Nothing has gone wrong and there is no...

Pelicans pick up options on recent 1st-rounders, add Petty

Oct. 13, 2021 20:12 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The New Orleans Pelicans exercised options on four former first-round draft choices, including star forward Zion Williamson, and added undrafted rookie guard John Petty Jr. to their roster. The Pelicans picked up fourth-year options on 2019...

Who stung JR? Hornets nest puts sting in Smith's golf debut

Oct. 13, 2021 07:07 AM EDT

BURLINGTON, N.C. (AP) — J.R. Smith stepped into a hornets nest in his first college golf tournament and it had nothing to do with his high score. The 36-year-old two-time NBA champion was literally stung by hornets while completing his round Tuesday for North Carolina...

Zion Williamson's future could hinge on Pelicans' trajectory

Oct. 12, 2021 10:45 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The future of power forward Zion Williamson and the trajectory of the New Orleans Pelicans will be prominent, interwoven subplots throughout this NBA season. It’s Year 3 for Pelicans basketball operations chief David Griffin and his overhaul of the...

Hornets say play-in loss motivation to end playoff drought

Oct. 12, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The memory of an embarrassing 144-117 loss to the Indiana Pacers in the NBA play-in game last May is never far from the mind of Miles Bridges and many of his returning Charlotte Hornets teammates. “Every time I got tired this summer during a...

Coach: LaMelo Ball must take 'next step' for Hornets to win

Oct. 01, 2021 16:03 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — LaMelo Ball made the transition from playing basketball overseas to the NBA last season look fairly easy, breezing his way to rookie of the year honors. Now Hornets coach James Borrego wants the point guard to take the next step. ...

Saints, Pelicans owner outlines succession plan for teams

Sep. 30, 2021 13:11 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Saints owner Gayle Benson's succession plan for the NFL's Saints and NBA's Pelicans calls for the sale of the team to a buyer who intends to keep the clubs in New Orleans, the teams' owner says. Benson, the widow of late Saints and Pelicans owner Tom...

While Kawhi, Klay wait, Zion wants to be back opening night

Sep. 27, 2021 18:26 PM EDT

Kawhi Leonard and Klay Thompson know it will be a while before they can get back onto the court. Zion Williamson wants to do it on opening night. The New Orleans forward had offseason surgery to repair a broken bone in his right foot but said he has...

The Latest: Leonard tries to stay 'relevant' during rehab

Sep. 27, 2021 16:18 PM EDT

The latest from NBA media day on Monday (All times EDT) ___ 4:15 p.m. Kawhi Leonard is heading into his third season with the Los Angeles Clippers just trying to get healthy. He’s two months into rehab after...

Video shows police use stun gun on NBA's Jaxson Hayes

Aug. 28, 2021 01:38 AM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A Los Angeles police officer briefly pressed a knee to the neck of NBA player Jaxson Hayes as the New Orleans Pelicans center gasped “I can’t breathe” seconds before another officer used a Taser on him during a struggle, according to body camera video released...