New Orleans Pelicans: Tyreke Evans to Start at Small Forward

New Orleans Pelicans wing Tyreke Evans has all the traits of being a really good sixth man. He can be an explosive scorer who can carry the offensive load for a team’s second unit and he can facilitate for others. Coach Monty Williams envisioned Evans being his sixth man heading into the new season, but that’s all changed now. After less than stellar performances from three potential...
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6 days ago  |  Discuss

NBA 30 Teams/30 Days Preview: New Orleans Pelicans

Editor's note: This is the seventh of Sam Amico's 30 NBA team previews entering the 2014-15 season. Projected Starters C Omer Asik; PF Anthony Davis; SF Tyreke Evans; SG Eric Gordon; PG Jrue Holiday. Reserves PF Ryan Anderson; G Austin Rivers; F John Salmons; G Jimmer Fredette; F Darius Miller; G Russ Smith; F/C Patric Young; C Jeff Withey; C Alexis Ajinca; F Luke Babbitt...
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14 days ago  |  Discuss

Pelicans coach Monty Williams is considering resting Anthony Davis, Omer Asik in preseason opener

New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams said he's considering holding All-Star power forward Anthony Davis and top offseason acquisition Omer Asik out of Saturday's preseason opener against the Miami Heat in Lexington, Ky. Both Davis and Asik, who are expected to be a formidable duo at the power forward and center positions, are healthy. But both are coming off a long...
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16 days ago  |  Discuss

Monty Williams And The NBA Coaches With The Most Heat

Monty Williams And The NBA Coaches With The Most Heat By Troy Tauscher: Staff Writer/Hoopstuff.. With only thirty spots existing in the entire world, being a head coach in the NBA comes with a massive amount of responsibility. All of them are under constant scrutiny by fans and analysts, but a select few will go into this season under a notable amount of pressure. This doesn’t...
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24 days ago  |  Discuss

New Orleans Pelicans 2014-15 Franchise Outlook

Are the Pelicans ready to become a regular playoff contender or destined to return to the lottery for the fourth straight year? The Pelicans have gone all-in. With a roster revolving around All-Star Anthony Davis, the Pelicans made a flurry of moves that indicate the franchise is in win-now mode. In an already deep Western Conference, are the Pelicans ready to become a perennial...
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August 21, 2014  |  Discuss

The not-so-easy task of Monty Williams next season

January 8, 2014: Wizards 102 Pelicans 96–The Pelicans, who were in the second game of a back-to-back go into the fourth quarter of this game down by 21 points. The late crew managed to go on a 14-1 run and close the Wizards‘ lead to six points. Instead of finishing strong and closing out the game, the team went with a lineup which Monty Williams later described as, “…The...
Via Gumbeaux Sports
August 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Pelicans ready to move forward behind Davis

LAS VEGAS -- When it comes to ending a three-year playoff drought, New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams isn't looking for a quick fix even when offering up an oft-debated but unlikely change to the postseason setup.   "It would be nice if we could take the top 16 teams in the league and put them in the playoffs, but that's not something we control," Williams...
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July 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Pelicans pursuing trade options to secure draft pick but talks don't involve Jrue Holiday

The New Orleans Pelicans are heading into Thursday night’s NBA draft with no selection in the first or second rounds for the first time in 12 years. But that could change if the Pelicans are able to find a willing trade partner. According to Pelicans coach Monty Williams, they have actively pursued options to get back in the NBA draft after surrendering their first-round pick...
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

Pelicans forward Al-Farouq Aminu struggled with inconsistency again this season

In three seasons, New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams tried just about every motivational tactic to push small forward Al-Farouq Aminu to become a more consistent player. It still wasn't enough for Aminu to raise his level of play like the Pelicans hoped after they extended him a one-year, $3.7 contract last summer as a unrestricted free agent. Similar to last season...
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May 10, 2014  |  Discuss

Durant Compared To Len Bias By Monty Williams

Monty Williams compared the style of Kevin Durant to Len Bias, who was the second overall pick in the 1986 NBA Draft out of Maryland. “(Durant)’s a very unique player, reminds me of what Len Bias would have been if he played in the league,” Williams explained. “(At) 6-8, 6-9, can shoot it and run, can dunk and defend, play many positions. I’m just impressed by the way he...
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April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Pelicans head coach Monty Williams says Kevin Durant reminds him of Len Bias

Tonight, the New Orleans Pelicans will face the Oklahoma City Thunder and star Kevin Durant. He is the type of player that is almost impossible to stop offensively, and is having a MVP caliber year. Pelicans head coach Monty Williams said that Durant reminded him of Len Bias the former Maryland player who was taken by the Boston Celtics in 1986 at the second pick, but unfortunately...
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April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Pelicans head coach Monty Williams says Kevin Durant reminds him of Len Bias

Tonight, the New Orleans Pelicans will face the Oklahoma City Thunder and star Kevin Durant. He is the type of player that is almost impossible to stop offensively, and is having a MVP caliber year. Pelicans head coach Monty Williams said that Durant reminded him of Len Bias the former Maryland player who was taken by the Boston Celtics in 1986 at the second pick, but unfortunately...
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April 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Dissecting Davis' growth: Now and year later

As the New Orleans Pelicans prepare to officially roll out the team's campaign supporting Anthony Davis for Most Improved Player in the NBA, the decision has already been made in the minds of his coaches. Monty Williams is one of the more measured NBA head coaches when it comes to extolling his team's virtues or celebrating individual accomplishments. For Williams though...
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April 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Monty Williams starts Anthony Davis for Most Improved Player campaign

With awards season fast approaching in the NBA, we've reached the point in time where head coaches double as lobbyists, promoting their players for individual awards and honors.
April 04, 2014  |  Discuss

New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams says there are no plans yet to shut down Eric Gordon

Although New Orleans Pelicans shooting guard Eric Gordon has missed six consecutive games with tendinitis in his left knee, there are no plans yet to shut him down for the rest of the season. Pelicans coach Monty Williams said Gordon’s status will be determined on a game-by-game basis, but he will not play on Wednesday night against the Denver Nuggets after sitting out the shootaround...
Via Pro Sports Daily
April 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Pelicans Monty Williams "Re-Assessing Goals" in Near Future

The New Orleans Pelicans have won their last 3-out-of-5, but with time running down on the season, the 26-win Pelicans will soon be changing the team's priorities. Friday night the goal versus the wounded Portland Trailblazers was to snag another taste of victory. The Pelicans fell shy of that 111-103 and are still one-victory away from tying last year's win total. Soon...
Via Fox Sports Southwest
March 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Pelicans F Anderson still 'talking to a lot of doctors' about herniated disc

Two months after Ryan Anderson originally was listed as out indefinitely – and with only 19 games left in the season – the team still doesn’t have a final status for the game-changing forward. All coach Monty Williams knows at this point is that Anderson, who suffered a herniated disc in a Jan. 3 collision with Boston’s Gerald Wallace, continues to search for information...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Pelicans beat Lakers 132-125 to end eight-game losing streak

With his team reeling, New Orleans Pelicans coach Monty Williams shuffled his starting lineup, pressed for urgency from his players and scheduled extended shootaround sessions in hopes for a breakthrough. It had little impact until Tuesday night, when the Pelicans pushed with effort and executed effectively for a change before having to hold off a late rally from the Los Angeles...
Via Pro Sports Daily
March 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Tyreke Evans gets stuck in elevator, almost misses start

Tweet New Orleans head coach Monty Williams had plans to start forward Tyreke Evans Friday night against the Phoenix Suns, his first start as a member of the Pelicans, but Williams’ plans nearly fell through after Evans got stuck in an elevator at the team hotel prior to the game… New Orleans coach Monty Williams says he plans to start Tyreke Evans tonight – but Evans...
Via Los That Sports Blog
March 01, 2014  |  Discuss

Pelicans coach Monty Williams doesn't think Eric Gordon or Tyreke Evans will be traded before Thursday's deadline

With Thursday’s trade deadline approaching, speculation persists about the New Orleans Pelicans' front office listening to offers for Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans. But Pelicans coach Monty Williams said after Monday’s practice that he expects for both players to still be with the team after the trade deadline passes. ''I don’t know where all that stuff comes from...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 18, 2014  |  Discuss

Is the New Orleans Pelicans Anti-Player’s Coach Monty Williams Loved or Hated?

New Orleans Pelicans Head Coach Monty Williams is not a player’s coach. He’s here to teach, like it or not and if his players want to, they can be friends later.
Via Pro Bball Report
February 15, 2014  |  Discuss

Monty Williams Isn’t Worried About Hurting His Players Feelings

Monty Williams doesn’t want to a player’s buddy, pal or friend. He has an old school mentality and his coaching philosophy that has been molded by working with or playing for ornery coaches like Gregg Popovich, Larry Brown, Nate McMillan and Pat Riley.
Via Hoops Addict
February 11, 2014  |  Discuss

Late Surge Pushes Pelicans Over Hawks

The inexplicable “Monty Williams Third Quarter” usually works one of two ways: after losing a lead or going down double digits in the third, the team gets a burst of energy and cuts the lead down, only to lose; or they cut into the lead, to come back and beat the opponent late in the fourth. On Wednesday, the latter occurred. Anthony Davis scored 10 of his 27 points in the fourth...
Via Gumbeaux Sports
February 06, 2014  |  Discuss

New Orleans Pelicans get defensive, beat Chicago Bulls 88-79

For months now, the New Orleans Pelicans and their coach Monty Williams have talked about defense. But too often their words have sounded more like cheap banter. That all changed – at least for a night – on Saturday when the Pelicans beat the defensive-minded Chicago Bulls at their own game, taking an 88-79 victory before an announced crowd of 17,799 at the New Orleans Arena...
Via Pro Sports Daily
February 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Pelicans roll past 76ers 121-105

Let's face it, despite all of coach Monty Williams' pleas and desires, the New Orleans Pelicans aren't going to win many games with their defense. Not yet, anyway. So while these defensive-challenged Pelicans continue to figure out how to close out on shooters and switch on the pick-and-roll, their offense will have to be their calling card. It certainly was Friday...
Via Pro Sports Daily
November 30, 2013  |  Discuss
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