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Pelicans’ Anthony Davis Talks Playoffs, Trade Rumors

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New Orleans Pelicans’ big man and franchise cornerstone Anthony Davis is intent on making the playoffs but is also addressing the oft-mentioned trade rumors linking him to the Boston Celtics.

Davis spoke about his goal of making the playoffs, touching on his own inexperience at playing in the NBA tournament.

“I hear it all the time: ‘Anthony is a good player, but he hasn’t won anything” Davis said in an interview with ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

“He’s not a winner. He hasn’t been to the playoffs in two years.’ It bothers me. You know you’re doing everything in your power to try and win. Playing through injuries, playing a ton of minutes, diving on the floor, but you just can’t come up with enough wins to go to the playoffs.

And it isn’t enough just going to the playoffs. You want to make noise. You want to be a threat. People judge you. For DeMarcus and me, this is the time. The time is now.”

Davis mentioned how he wants to see the Pelicans build a strong roster so that they can see continued success.

“You look at the Warriors, Cleveland. Boston. They lose Gordon [Hayward], they’re still playing well. KD-Steph-Draymond-Klay. They play so well with each other. They move the basketball. They don’t care who scores. Steph and Draymond are out, and they still won. KD is out. They still win.”

Anthony also spoke about the aforementioned trade rumors.

“[GM Dell Demps] told me that [Boston] was calling, but nothing was going to happen. At the same time, though, you see how organizations treat players. DeMarcus told me that the [Kings] told him that he wasn’t going to get traded, but they traded him. Isaiah [Thomas] took his team to Eastern Conference Finals, and they traded him.

“It makes you wonder: Does this organization really have my back? I’ve been loyal to this organization. I love it here. I love this team. I think we’re moving in the right direction. DeMarcus, [Rajon] Rondo, some other players that are helping us, but people get judged on winning. And I want to win. It’s not about the money. It’s not about having fans. The most important thing to me: Winning. That’s what I want to do. And I want to do it here.”

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Pelicans’ Zion Williamson Expected Back Mid-December

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New Orleans Pelicans’ Zion Williamson has yet to make his official debut, but all indications seem to point the rookie to be ready to take the court in mid-December.

According to TNT NBA analyst Reggie Miller, Williamson is reportedly on schedule with his rehab and is “definitely” going to be back next month, which is encouraging news for the Pelicans.

Williamson underwent back surgery back in October.

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Pelicans’ Zion Williamson Happy to be with New Orleans

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New Orleans Pelicans’ rookie Zion Williamson is thrilled to have landed with the organization, believing that he ended up in the best situation to start his promising career.

“I couldn’t ask for a better situation. The Pelicans keep up the pace constantly, just the way I like it,” Williamson said, during an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport (via Sportando).

“I am already working with members of the technical staff and the idea of running is emphasized in each exercise. I’m sure that our offensive schemes will allow me to be lethal from the next season.”

The Pelicans venture into the next season with a mix of young players, such as Williamson, and veteran players such as Jrue Holiday and J.J. Redick.

“It is essential to have veterans on whom to rely, not only on the floor but also in the locker room,” Williamson said. “They will be the mentors for the youngest, we will need their advice and their experience. But I am also very impressed by the talent of the youngest. I think we can compete for a championship. Yes, I am convinced that this team can have the NBA title as a goal. I know the complexity of the West. But I see it this way, I’d be lying if I said something different.”

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Pelicans’ Derrick Favors Posts Farewell to Jazz

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