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New Orleans Pelicans
10:09 pm
Sat November 2, 2013

New Orleans Pelicans Pick Up First Win This Season, Beat Charlotte Bobcats 105-84

Lance Thomas shoots a free throw attempt in New Orleans' 105-84 victory over the visiting Charlotte Bobcats.
Dionne Grayson WWNO

The New Orleans Pelicans picked up their first win of the season Saturday night with a 105-84 drubbing of the Charlotte Bobcats.

In a sharp turnaround from the previous two games this season — which featured Hornets-esque defensive efforts in those losing efforts, especially in the second half — the Pelicans maintained solid defensive rotations and hung on to the big lead they built early.

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New Orleans Pelicans
10:59 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

New Orleans Pelicans Open Season With 95-90 Loss To Pacers

Pierre the Pelican, the team's brand-new mascot.
Credit New Orleans Pelicans

The New Orleans Pelicans came out strong against the visiting Indiana Pacers, opening a revamped New Orleans Arena for their first regular season game and introducing mascot Pierre the Pelican to a social media uproar.

But the team couldn’t ride the excitement through the half. The Pacers, coming off the first of a back-to-back and without injured F/G Danny Granger, crawled their way back from a 16-point second quarter deficit to take the win, 95-90.

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New Orleans Pelicans
8:30 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

New Orleans Pelicans Unveil Their New Mascot

The New Orleans Pelicans unveiled their new mascot Wednesday night during the revamped franchise's first home game.

Presenting, Pierre the Pelican.

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New Orleans Pelicans
6:57 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Pelicans Forward Ryan Anderson Out With Toe Injury

New Orleans Pelicans forward Ryan Anderson will be out for 1-3 weeks with a chip fracture in his toe, the team announced before the season-opener Wednesday.

Anderson suffered a chip fracture in the second toe of his right foot, the team said. Doctors examined Anderson and discovered the problem after he experienced discomfort during practice.

Anderson averaged 16.16 points, 6.4 rebounds and 1.12 assists in 81 games last season.

New Orleans Pelicans
3:58 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Pelicans Exercising Third-Year Options On Anthony Davis And Austin Rivers

The New Orleans Pelicans announced today that they are exercising their third-year contract options on forwards Anthony Davis and Austin Rivers.

Exercising the option means both players will be under contract with the team this year, and through the end of next season.

Davis was the first overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft. He started 60 or the 64 games he played in last season, averaging 13.5 points, 1.8 blocks and 1.2 steals. Davis was a 2013-13 NBA All-Rookie First Team member, leading all rookies in per-game rebounds, steals, blocks and double-doubles.

New Orleans Pelicans
11:13 am
Mon October 7, 2013

New Orleans Pelicans Waive Forward Rodney Carey

The New Orleans Pelicans have waived forward Rodney Carney, the team announced today.

Carney, a 6'7", 205 lb. forward out of Memphis, was signed at the start of training camp. He's played in 299 career NBA games, with the Philadelphia 76ers, Minnesota Timberwolves, Golden State Warriors and Memphis Grizzlies.

Carney was drafted 16th overall by the Chicago Bulls in 2006, and has career averages of 5.9 points, 2.0 rebounds, 0.4 assists and 15.4 minutes per game.

New Orleans Pelicans
7:19 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

New Orleans Pelicans Announce 2013 Training Camp Roster

The New Orleans Pelicans announced their 2013 training camp roster at this week’s team media day. Training camp starts Tuesday, Oct. 1 and runs through Friday, Oct. 4.

The Pelicans play their first preseason game this Saturday, Oct. 5, in Houston against the Rockets.

The full training camp roster:

New Orleans Pelicans
8:39 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Pelicans Draft Nerlens Noel, Then Send Him To Philly

The Pelicans picked up guard Jrue Holiday, pictured here, and the 42nd draft pick overall from the Philadelphia 76ers in exchange for Nerlens Noel and a 2014 first-round draft pick.
Credit NBA

The New Orleans Pelicans drafted Kentucky forward Nerlens Noel sixth overall in the 2013 NBA draft Thursday night, and almost immediately traded him and a 2014 first-round pick to Philadelphia for guard Jrue Holiday and the 2013 draft's 42nd pick, Pierre Jackson, a point guard out of Baylor University.

Holiday has averaged 13.4 points, 5.8 assists and 3.6 rebounds per game in his four seasons with the 76ers. He averaged 17.7 points and 5.8 assists per game in an All-Star year this past season.

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New Orleans Pelicans
10:52 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Pelicans To Pick Sixth In NBA Draft

The New Orleans Pelicans landed the number-six pick in last night’s NBA Draft lottery in New York City.

It’s the system the league uses to determine the order in which teams draft players each year. The Pelicans were hoping to reprise their lottery win last year, when they selected star Anthony Davis first overall. However, they only had an 8.8 percent chance of getting the top pick this year.

Instead, the Cleveland Cavaliers came away with the top selection for the June 27 draft. This is the Cavaliers’ second number-one pick in the past three years.

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New Orleans Hornets
10:34 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

Hugo The Hornet's Last Game

Hugo headed into the game from Champions Square, with his Beekeeper attendant. The Beekeeper served as Hugo's assistant during appearances and games.
Jason Saul WWNO

Hugo, the New Orleans Hornets' iconic mascot, worked his last game Sunday evening. The team will become the Pelicans after Wednesday night's contest in Dallas, which means there isn't much room for a giant teal Hornet anymore.

It's the end of a long road for Hugo. Designed by Cheryl Henson, the daughter of Muppet creator Jim Henson, Hugo entered the league in 1988, his rookie season coinciding with the inaugural year of the Charlotte Hornets franchise, the team's original home.

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