After the Detroit Pistons were listless in the first half and lost 115-99 to the New Orleans Pelicans on Thursday night, coach Stan Van Gundy and point guard Brandon Jennings took their team to task.
“We look like a team that is firmly committed to being mediocre,” Van Gundy said.
Van Gundy called the Pistons’ first-half effort “deplorable,” adding that he was disappointed to see his team constantly come out flat on the heels of encouraging victories like the one the Pistons had Wednesday in Houston.
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Sources: Jameer Nelson Signs 1-Year Deal With Pelicans
Free-agent guard Jameer Nelson has agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources told The Vertical.
Nelson entered free agency Wednesday, when the Denver Nuggets waived him to create roster space to sign Richard Jefferson and allow second-year guard Jamal Murray to assume the starting point-guard role.
Source: Shams Charania of The Vertical
Bobby Portis Apologizes to Bulls for Mirotic Fight
Bobby Portis has apologized to his Bulls teammates for getting into a fight that left Nikola Mirotic with facial fractures and a concussion. “He didn’t address us today, but he did address the team before so that was taken care of,” Bulls swingman Justin Holiday said after Friday’s practice.
Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg acknowledged that Portis’ apology took place during a team meeting but did not want to go into specific details about his message. “I’ll keep that between the team,” Hoiberg said, “as far as exactly what was said in that meeting.”
Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN