New Orleans presented a “very strong bid” to be part of the NBA’s restart before Orlando was chosen to host the whole thing, according to Christopher Dodson of Forbes. Sources with the team and local government tell Dodson that New Orleans was hoping to be among several participants in a multi-city plan.
“As the NBA looked to re-open, they did their due diligence and research on best potential in-market planning and what could cities and arenas pull off safely,” said Pelicans Senior VP of Communications Greg Bensel. “So in many markets with city and state restrictions it was going to be impossible, hence the bubble concept.”
New Orleans Mayor LaToya Cantrell said the effort was a “bid to help save our tourism and promote that New Orleans was back and ready for business” in a tweet that was taken down about an hour after it was posted, adds Christian Clark of NOLA.com.
There’s more from the Southwest Division:
- The Pelicans deserve the soft schedule they received for the eight games in Orlando, argues Rod Walker of NOLA.com. New Orleans will play just two games against teams with winning records, but Walker points out that the Pelicans had the easiest remaining schedule before the hiatus and would have faced just three winning teams — the Jazz, Clippers and Sixers — over their final 18 games.
- Despite suffering a calf injury that will likely end his season, Courtney Lee plans to accompany the Mavericks to Walt Disney World, tweets Marc Stein of The New York Times. Lee provides a veteran presence in the locker room and could be valuable to the team even if he doesn’t play. Because Willie Cauley-Stein opted not to play in Orlando, Dallas won’t need to create an opening to add Trey Burke, so Lee may remain on the roster (Twitter link).
- The Rockets will use their second training camp to fully incorporate Robert Covington into their style of play, writes Kelly Iko of The Athletic. Covington was acquired shortly before the trade deadline in early February and played just 14 games for Houston before the hiatus.
8 thoughts on “Southwest Notes: New Orleans, Pelicans’ Schedule, C. Lee, Covington”
If they want Lee there, they should cut him use the roster spot to sign a sf or c then add him to the coaching staff to replace one of the older members of the staff.
So long Darrell Armstrong, you’re 52 and too old to coach.
Small town can only offer 2 max
Can Knicks still steal Ingram from Pelicans?
They can throw money at whoever they want but that doesn’t mean anyone actually wants to go play in that dumpster fire…
The way he’s playing right now why would the Pelicans let him leave? With Zion, Ingram, Jrue, and Lonzo they will be serious contenders.
This. No way he’d want to, no way Pels would let him. That team is going places.
I can’t see Ingram leaving. Unless he wants to take over the NBA. He goes to NY and keeps getting better. There won’t be enough social media for him lol. Just saying. Why not give him max. So he says NO.
The idea has legs. Very skinny legs that might not last the whole max contract.
Maybe if he stays in NOLA, Ingram’s legs and Williamson’s legs could somehow average out to 75 games a year for all four.