“I don’t really care what anyone says,” the four-time All-Star said. “We know what we’re doing, especially having an entire training camp with me, [DeMArcus Cousins], Jrue [Holiday], [Rajon] Rondo, and all these guys we have on our team, we feel like we have a shot against anybody. That’s our mindset coming in. We’re not worried about all the white noise and what other people are saying, more so what we’ve got to do in the locker room and on the court together.”
For two straight seasons, New Orleans has dug a hole with poor starts, partly due to widespread injuries (in 2015-16) or the absence of a key player (Holiday missed the first dozen games of 2016-17 for family reasons). The Pelicans later put together some excellent stretches during both seasons, but it ultimately wasn’t enough to overcome opening 0-6 and 0-8, respectively, before finally posting a victory. After making the playoffs just once in Davis’ five NBA seasons, he’s stressing the considerable urgency for New Orleans to win now.
“We’re tired of losing,” Davis said. “I think we’re doing the right things to try to make sure our chances are very high. We look good on paper. The entire organization – players, front office, coaches – we think the time is now. So we’re treating this like this is the season.”
“(A playoff berth is) what we are expecting. We definitely believe we have enough pieces on paper to make the playoffs, and not just make it, but actually make a run in the playoffs. Everyone is excited and everybody is prepared. It starts in training camp.”
Source: Jim Eichenhofer at Pelicans.com
Carmelo Anthony Expands List of Trade Destinations
Carmelo Anthony has widened his list of teams to which he’d accept a trade, including the Cleveland Cavaliers, according to ESPN.
Knicks have been informed that Oklahoma City is one of the other teams Carmelo Anthony has included on his list, team sources told ESPN
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Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN