Norris Cole: Gentry's criticism of Davis built credibility as a coach

Alvin Gentry called out Anthony Davis for coasting during a recent win over the Mavericks, and it may turn out to be one of his better coaching decisions during his first season with the Pelicans. Davis responded by finishing with 31 points and 14 rebounds, and handled the criticism well, later admitting after he saw the game film that his head coach was right.It was also a boost...
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January 06, 2016  |  Discuss

Pelicans lose to Grizzlies despite return of Evans, Cole

NEW ORLEANS (AP) -- Marc Gasol scored a career-high 38 points and grabbed 13 rebounds, and the Memphis Grizzlies beat the New Orleans Pelicans 113-104 on Tuesday night. New Orleans lost despite the return of starting guard Tyreke Evans and top reserve Norris Cole. Evans was the Pelicans' best offensive player with 20 points and 10 assists, but that wasn't enough to overcome a Memphis...
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December 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Pelicans' Evans, Cole set to make season debuts vs. Memphis

METAIRIE, La. (AP) Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry says guards Tyreke Evans and Norris Cole appear ready to make their season debuts in Tuesday night's game against the Memphis Grizzlies. Gentry says he also plans to start Evans, who sat out the first-plus month after having arthroscopic surgery on his right knee. Cole has been sidelined by a left ankle sprain. The pair return at...
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December 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Anthony Davis: Evans, Cole returning doesn't give Pelicans a fresh start

Tyreke Evans and Norris Cole may both be returning to the Pelicans' lineup as soon as Tuesday night against the Grizzlies, but Anthony Davis doesn't believe that getting guys back healthy necessarily makes for a brand new start.This isn't pessimism on the part of Davis; he's simply being realistic. He knows that the team dug itself a hole with its 4-13 start, but the good news is...
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December 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Tyreke Evans, Norris Cole expected to make season debuts Tuesday

The Pelicans have been ravaged by injuries to start the season, but are expected to get two key rotation players back as early as Tuesday night against the Grizzlies.John Reid of started 76 games for New Orleans last season, and averaged 16.6 points, 5.3 rebounds and 6.6 assists in 34.1 minutes per contest. Cole, meanwhile, posted the best shooting numbers of his career...
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December 01, 2015  |  Discuss

Norris Cole expected to return to lineup in early December

Injuries have been the main reason the Pelicans are off to a dismal 3-11 start to the season, but they're finally beginning to see a point where guys will be coming back.Tyreke Evans could return as soon as Wednesday, and Norris Cole, who's been sidelined all season with an ankle sprain, is making progress and should be back in early December.Cole posted the best numbers of his career...
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November 24, 2015  |  Discuss

The Holy Grail Of Basketball Players

Two weeks into the season, the New Orleans Pelicans are starting to feel like this year's version of the Oklahoma City Thunder. With Tyreke Evans, Omer Asik, Norris Cole and Quincy Pondexter all out of the line-up and Jrue Holiday not playing in back-to-back games, the Pelicans rolled out a skeleton unit in their loss to the Dallas Mavericks on Saturday. They had nine players in...
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November 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Cleveland State to retire Norris Cole’s No. 30

Cleveland State University announced Friday that it will retire Norris Cole’s No. 30. There will be a retirement ceremony at the Wolstein Center before the Viking’s 1 p.m. game against Oakland on February 6. The first 1,500 fans in attendance will receive a Norris Cole bobblehead (complete with flat-top, I assume). After the ceremony, Cole will pop over to Quicken Loans Arena...
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October 30, 2015  |  Discuss

Pelicans claim guard Ish Smith off waivers

The Pelicans will be dealing with injury issues to start the season, which means that players who aren't exactly household names will be getting plenty of minutes over the first month of the team's games. Go ahead and add Ish Smith to that list, after he was claimed off of waivers by the Pelicans on Monday.Tyreke Evans is expected to miss 6-8 weeks after undergoing knee surgery...
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October 26, 2015  |  Discuss

Norris Cole out indefinitely with high ankle sprain

Health will be an important factor in the Pelicans' ability to make the leap that many expect this season, but early indications are that the team might struggle in this area once again. Big men Omer Asik and Alexis Ajinca will miss at least the rest of the preseason, and now reserve point guard Norris Cole has been sidelined with a high ankle sprain, according to the team's official...
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October 13, 2015  |  Discuss

AP Source: Restricted free agent Cole to return to Pelicans

METAIRIE, La. (AP) A person familiar with the situation says restricted free agent guard Norris Cole has agreed to return to New Orleans this season. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the team has not announced the agreement, which was first reported by Yahoo Sports. Cole, who turns 27 next month, was acquired in a trade from Miami...
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September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Norris Cole Signs One-Year, $3.03M Qualifying Offer With Pelicans

Norris Cole has signed a one-year qualifying offer for $3.03 million with the New Orleans Pelicans. Cole averaged 7.6 points and 3.4 assists while shooting 31.3 percent from three-point range with the Pelicans and Miami Heat last season. Cole will become an unrestricted free agent next offseason.
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September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Norris Cole signs one-year qualifying offer to remain with Pelicans

As recently as yesterday, it was believed that contract talks between Norris Cole and the New Orleans Pelicans remained at a standstill.Cole was a restricted free agent, and since the Pelicans could simply match any offer he received from another team, he was always unlikely to play anywhere else. He also wasn't likely to see an offer come rolling in at this late stage of things...
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September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Norris Cole, Pelicans remain at a standstill in contract talks

Norris Cole is a restricted free agent, which means that the Pelicans could match any offer he might receive to play anywhere else.That fact alone usually precludes players from receiving offer sheets, because teams don't want their salary cap space tied up for three days only to see the player end up being re-signed.But at this late stage of things, with training camp just a couple...
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September 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Pelicans add Chris Douglas-Roberts on non-guaranteed deal

The Pelicans signed Chris Douglas-Roberts to a non-guaranteed deal, according to John Reid of New Orleans has 16 players currently under contract, and restricted free agent Norris Cole remains unsigned. This deal amounts to a training camp invite more than anything else.Douglas-Roberts had a strong second half of the season in 2014 with Charlotte, but appeared in just...
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September 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Norris Cole spends time in Ohio training with LeBron James

Norris Cole came to the Pelicans in trade from the Heat in the middle of last season, and though he currently remains unsigned, he's expected back in New Orleans next season due to his restricted free agent status.Cole won two championships in Miami playing alongside LeBron James, and evidently, the two remain close. He was seen training with James in Ohio as part of his offseason...
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September 08, 2015  |  Discuss

Bryce Dejean-Jones signs partially-guaranteed deal with Pelicans

Bryce Dejean-Jones went undrafted after playing for three different colleges in five years, but impressed enough at Summer League to earn a contract with the Pelicans.New Orleans signed him to a partially-guaranteed three-year deal, reports John Reid of lit it up in the Pelicans' Summer League finale, scoring 25 points against the Phoenix Suns. He was the team...
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August 17, 2015  |  Discuss

Anthony Davis says Pelicans 'would definitely love' to re-sign Norris Cole

The New Orleans Pelicans are almost whole after a busy offseason. The only piece still missing is restricted free agent Norris Cole. And although Anthony Davis says he hasn't done any recruiting of Cole, he also made it clear that the Pelicans would like for Cole to come back next season. During the same conference call where he praised Alvin Gentry, Davis told reporters as much...
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July 31, 2015  |  Discuss

The Philadelphia 76ers should sign Norris Cole

The Philadelphia 76ers still have plenty of cap space to fill, and, whether they like it or not, will eventually need to piece together a real roster.Which free agents that are still available should they take a long look at signing? Here's a list, compiled by Hoops Habit, featuring Norris Cole as one option:"With the addition of Jahlil Okafor, floor spacers are a necessity to detract...
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July 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: Pelicans were close to deal with Seth Curry before Kings 'swooped in'

The New Orleans Pelicans were reportedly very interested in bringing summer league standout guard Seth Curry onto their NBA roster for next season, as signs indicated over the weekend. But the Sacramento Kings trumped the Pelicans with a better offer and the chance at more playing time, according to's Marc Stein:New Orleans was likely offering Curry a two-year deal with...
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July 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Report: 76ers interested in Pelicans guard Norris Cole

The status of restricted free agent point guard Norris Cole is one of the last remaining questions for the New Orleans Pelicans this offseason. But if the Pelicans are looking to bring Cole back, they'll have some competition for his services.This according to Mike Scotto of, who reports that the Philadelphia 76ers have "expressed interest" in Cole.Because Cole...
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July 14, 2015  |  Discuss

Pelicans want to re-sign Norris Cole

The New Orleans Pelicans have had an active offseason retaining key players and now have Norris Cole as their next target to bring back to New Orleans, according to Cole is a restricted free agent and can play for a one-year qualifying offer if no other teams offer him a contract.  The Pelicans have limited room left for contracts and are looking to sign him to a deal...
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July 05, 2015  |  Discuss

Norris Cole let Stephen Curry see, touch one of his championship rings (PHOTO)

There might not be better motivation in the entire world for a potential NBA champion than actually seeing and holding a ring in your hands. It's all of the physical, tactile connection with that piece of a title without any of the spiritual connection. It puts the championship literally in your hands while reminding you just how far you still have to go before you can get a ring...
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June 15, 2015  |  Discuss

Norris Cole talks about New Orleans' collapse (VIDEO)

The Pelicans had last night's game in the palm of their hand, but somehow it escaped. New Orleans had a 20-point lead in the fourth quarter, and backup point guard Norris Cole can't understand how his team coughed it up.The Times-Picayune caught up with him after Game 3 to get his thoughts on one of the most unbelievably collapses we've seen in this year's postseason. (h/t: The...
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April 24, 2015  |  Discuss

Norris Cole emerging as New Orleans' veteran leader

The New Orleans Pelicans aren't an old team, full of grizzled veterans and guys who know what to expect in a hostile playoff environment. According to Basketball-Reference, only six teams have a younger roster.But what they do have to help guide them through the first round is championship experience. That's right: Two-time NBA champion Norris Cole is leading the way.Here's ESPN...
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April 23, 2015  |  Discuss
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