New Orleans Pelicans

New Orleans Pelicans star Zion Williamson has plenty of incentives in his new extension deal — but there’s also “de-escalators” tied to his conditioning. Zion Williamson celebrated his 22nd birthday unlike anyone else, signing a five-year, $193 million extension with the New Orleans Pelicans on July 6th. After he finishes his rookie season, the guaranteed
0 Comments
The Whiteboard is The Step Back’s daily basketball newsletter, covering the NBA, WNBA and more. Subscribe here to get it delivered to you via email each morning. The Hawks used a balanced effort to knock off the Hornets last night, with six different players scoring in double-figures and five players knocking down multiple 3-pointers. They’ll face
0 Comments
Pelicans center Willy Hernangomez credits his success to his family: his parents and siblings, his Spanish NBA mentors, and his New Orleans teammates. “Las cosas en equipo. Las cosas en familia. Saben mucho mejor.” Willy Hernangomez has tasted victory in a way few other professional athletes ever have. Willy wasn’t the first person to win
0 Comments
New Orleans Pelicans center Jonas Valanciunas and Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry now share a fascinating statistic unique only to them.  What does towering Pelicans center Jonas Valanciunas have in common with prolific Warriors shooter Steph Curry? It’s certainly not height. Curry is listed at 6-foot-2, while Valanciunas is oversized at 6-foot-11. It’s
0 Comments
The NBA will make the Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls forfeit second-round draft picks as penalty for tampering in Lonzo Ball and Kyle Lowry deals. The long-awaited verdict for the tampering trade charges involving Lonzo Ball and Kyle Lowry has finally been released. After a four-month investigation, the NBA has determined that the offending
0 Comments
Why Zion Williamson’s foot injury could spell trouble for the Pelicans, plus what Michael Porter Jr.’s max extension means for the Nuggets moving forward. Monday’s NBA headlines rightfully centered on a small but vocal group of maddeningly selfish and deeply misguided players using incoherent, bad-faith rhetoric to support grossly irresponsible and scientifically indefensible decisions to
0 Comments
  Brandon Ingram is just five years into his NBA career but once again finds himself in the unfortunate position of being defined by his relationship to others. Brandon Ingram has established a healthy NBA resume. He’s averaged 23.8 points per game for two consecutive seasons. He’s made an All-Star team and won Most Improved
0 Comments
Already a generational scoring talent, Zion Williamson may only be scratching the surface of his potential as a player. Even in an era when young stars take less time than ever to ascend, Zion Williamson’s rise is exceptional. With fewer than 100 NBA games under his belt, the 21-year-old has already established himself as one
0 Comments
If it still hasn’t sunk in just yet, it bears repeating: the New York Knicks are making their first trip to the NBA Playoffs since 2012-13. Naturally, it’s understandable that most Knicks-centered articles are examining their ceiling this season. Alas, according to Kanye West, the present is the past – so, like Yeezy, we’re looking
0 Comments
Stephen Curry, Golden State Warriors. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images) Ryan Garcia withdraws from bout due to ‘health and wellbeing’ concerns by Curtis Calhoun The Golden State Warriors’ road game vs. the New Orleans Pelicans will be Marvel-themed. If you are really into The Avengers, then you are really going to be into ESPN’s May 3 telecast of
0 Comments
Lonzo Ball, New Orleans Pelicans. (Mandatory Credit: Stephen Lew-USA TODAY Sports) Wisconsin basketball: Badgers spoof ‘Full House’ intro for March Madness hype video by Bre’ana Singleton Lonzo Ball is reportedly interested in joining the New York Knicks in his restricted free agency. New Orleans Pelicans point guard Lonzo Ball will be hitting restricted free agency this summer.
0 Comments
Luka Doncic, Dallas Mavericks, Zion Williamson, New Orleans Pelicans. (Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports) Knicks center Mitchell Robinson fractures right hand by Scott Rogust Luka Doncic was slightly better than Zion Williamson in their divisional rivalry clash on Friday. Still very early in their NBA careers, the Southwest Division has at least a pair of budding
0 Comments