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Pelicans’ DeMarcus Cousins Tears Achilles, Out For Season

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The New Orleans Pelicans will have to finish the regular season without All-Star big man DeMarcus Cousins who will undergo surgery to repair a torn left Achilles tendon.

“We were starting to play damn good basketball,” Pelicans head coach Alvin Gentry said in a text message to ESPN. “DeMarcus has been great.”

Cousins had 15 points, 13 rebounds and 11 assists, his second triple-double in the past three games, when he went down with the non-contact injury while attempting to rebound his own missed free throw in the win over the Houston Rockets on Friday.

“I feel horrible for him,” Gentry said of the injury “Everything that he’s done, and what he’s tried to do for us this year and what he’s made himself and the improvements in all areas that he’s made on and off the court, has just been great. I don’t want that to happen to a guy that’s trying to better himself.”

The Pelicans have won seven of their past eight game and propelled themselves to the 6th seed in the Western Conference, showing that the team was finally start to gel as unit.

“We were just getting it,” Pelicans forward Anthony Davis said. “We were just figuring everything out. That’s the tough part. We’ve just got to keep going. We’ve got to keep going and keep finding a way to win.”

Cousins is set to become an unrestricted free agent this summer.

“Just unfortunate, really,” Pelicans guard Jrue Holiday said. “I think we’ve been doing really well, got in a great groove.

“The way we’ve been playing, and him in particular, has been awesome.”

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Pelicans’ Elfrid Payton to Miss 6 Weeks

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The New Orleans Pelicans will be without guard Elfrid Payton for up to six weeks, according to an official team report.

Payton suffered a fractured left fifth finger against the New York Knicks on November 16 and will undergo surgery tomorrow to repair the fracture. New Orleans signed him as a free agent this offseason and he has been a great fit in the backcourt this season.

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Pelicans Respond to David Stern’s Comments on Dell Demps

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The New Orleans Pelicans are firing back at comments made by former NBA Commissioner David Stern, who took a few shots at Pelicans’ general manager Dell Demps, calling him a “lousy” general manager while stating that he could be the reason Anthony Davis bolts in free agency next summer.

The team issued the following statement:

“We are very disappointed to read the inappropriate and inaccurate comments from the former NBA Commissioner regarding the New Orleans Pelicans. Our organization has the utmost confidence in our General Manager, Dell Demps. He is part of our family, the NBA family. We are excited about the direction of our team, the 3-0 start of this season, building on the success of the 2017/18 playoffs.

“Finally, our organization is excited and proud to be part of the NBA with the progressive and innovative leadership of NBA Commissioner Adam Silver.”

Stern wasn’t exactly popular, and his arrogance has surfaced in the past, but Stern going out of his way to attack a general manager in the manner that he did seems petty, and unprofessional. Stern may need to find something else to do with his time.

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Pelicans’ Anthony Davis Looking for Reasons to Stay in New Orleans

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New Orleans Pelicans’ superstar big man Anthony Davis will be mentioned a lot in trade rumors, but in case you’re thinking that the All-Star is looking for a way out of the Big Easy, Davis is reportedly looking for a reason to stay.

“My sense has always been with Anthony that he is always: some players are looking for reasons to stay and some players are looking for reasons to leave,” ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski said, during an appearance on the Brian Windhorst & The Hoop Collective Show (h/t RealGM). “I’ve always thought that Anthony is a guy looking for reasons to stay in New Orleans. And I think that will continue to be the case until he feels he’s out of them.

“I do think down the line that the Boston and L.A., if he became available, that will be interesting, especially if the Lakers get shut out this summer.”

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