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New Film Spotlights First Black NBA Player

Apr 6, 2017
Creative Control

When the NBA came to New Orleans for All-Star Weekend earlier this year, it brought more than just players to the court. It also hosted the world premiere of a documentary called The First To Do It: The Life and Times of Earl Lloyd from filmmaking team Coodie & Chike. NolaVie's Brian Friedman spoke with Coodie Simmons and Chike Ozah to hear more about their latest film.

Visit NolaVie's website for a related article written by Brian Friedman.

A camerman captures a Louisiana high school basketball tournament (New Orleans girls beat Baton Rouge!). His is one of many thousands of jobs created by the NBA All-Star Game.
Jason Saul / WWNO

WWNO’s Jason Saul spoke with Jay Cicero, President and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation, about the impact of the NBA All-Star Game on our region. And what is a sports foundation, anyway?

An enormous image of Pelicans star Anthony Davis and the word "equality" faces the Superdome and the Smoothie King Center in advance of this weekend's NBA All-Star Game.
Jason Saul / WWNO

The NBA All-Star Game is this weekend in New Orleans. The NBA moved the game to New Orleans from Charlotte after North Carolina passed House Bill 2, a controversial piece of legislation aimed at limiting transgendered people’s public bathroom choices.

New Orleans Public Radio's Jason Saul spoke with WDSU sportscaster Fletcher Mackel about what we should expect this weekend.

Jason Saul / WWNO

The 2014-15 New Orleans Pelicans extended season ended on Saturday night. Not with a bang, nor a whimper, but with a splash.

The Splash Brothers, that is. Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson — the Golden State Warriors’ backcourt beasts — combined for 64 points in a 109-98 drubbing of the Pelicans here in New Orleans, taking the first round playoff series in four games.

Jason Saul / WWNO

The New Orleans Pelicans are on the verge of being eliminated from the NBA playoffs.

The Pelicans have yet to win a game in their postseason matchup with the Golden State Warriors. Last night the Pelicans lost 123-119 at home in the Smoothie King Center.

It was the Pelicans first home playoff game since 2011, when the then-Hornets lost in six games to the L.A. Lakers.

New Orleans led by 20 points entering the fourth quarter, but Golden State rallied, sending the game to overtime on a dramatic Stephen Curry 3-point shot with 2 seconds remaining in regulation.

Jason Saul / WWNO

The New Orleans Pelicans beat the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night in front of a sold out crowd in the Smoothie King Center, and are headed to the playoffs.

It’s been a rollercoaster year for the New Orleans Pelicans. The young team struggled with injuries and inconsistent play over a grueling 82-game regular season.

The Pelicans needed every one of those games. They were locked in a neck-and-neck struggle with the Oklahoma City Thunder. But now, for the first time since 2011, they are in the playoffs.

Superstar power forward Anthony Davis:

Jason Saul / WWNO

The New Orleans Pelicans, clinging to the final Western Conference playoff berth, knocked down the Phoenix Suns Friday night in a 90-75 win at the Smoothie King Center.

New Orleans (43-36) remains in a neck-and-neck race with the Oklahoma City Thunder for the eighth and final Western Conference playoff slot. The teams have identical win-loss records (the Thunder beat the woeful Sacramento Kings on Friday night), but New Orleans took the season series over OKC three games to one, giving the Pels the tiebreaker.

What shoulder injury?

Anthony Davis, the New Orleans Pelicans’ seemingly unstoppable phenom who puts the power in power forward, returned to the floor of the Smoothie King Center on Wednesday night and put the visiting Detroit Pistons away with 39 points, 13 rebounds and 8 blocks.

Davis had missed the previous five games with an AC joint sprain in his right shoulder (defined as an injury to the connective tissue between the clavicle and shoulder blade), suffered during a collision with Miami’s Hassan Whiteside on Feb. 21.

The New Orleans Pelicans pulled off an improbable and intensely entertaining 115-100 beatdown of the Atlanta Hawks Monday night at the Smoothie King Center.

Atlanta, who had come into the game on a 19-game winning streak (the 5th-longest in NBA history), seemed out of sorts from the midpoint of the first quarter, missing easy shots and struggling to contain an energized Pelicans team.

The 1969-70 New Orleans Buccaneers pose for a team photograph during the team's last season in town. The team was subsequently in Memphis for five seasons moved to Memphis before the ABA folded in 1976.
American Basketball Association

Local basketball fans have rooted for the Pelicans, the Hornets and the Jazz, but did you ever root for the Buccaneers? 

The Buccaneers were one of the original 11 teams in the American Basketball Association and New Orleans' first professional basketball team. People took notice of the ABA because of the flashy chances they took: they invented the Slam Dunk contest, had celebrity owners, and made open invitations for anyone to play on their teams.

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