There will certainly be plenty of storylines swirling around the NBA this offseason, but the answer to one question will create the greatest ripple effect throughout the league: “What will the Pelicans do?”
Last night New Orleans won the Zion Williamson sweepstakes, edging out the Los Angeles Lakers, Memphis Grizzlies and New York Knicks in dramatic fashion. It’s the Pelicans’ first No. 1 overall pick since they drafted Anthony Davis seven years ago. Now the organization stands at a crossroads with the Unibrow.
Requesting a trade weeks before the deadline, when a transaction with the Lakers fell through, things got awkward. The once beloved superstar was booed by his own fans. He retaliated with a “That’s all Folks” in his final game…or was it. Now with Zion in the fold, if the Pelicans convince Davis to sign a supermax, they could attract a high-profile free agent to come to the Big Easy.
Did Davis burn every bridge, or is there a chance to the Big Easy into a Lob City? Like Daenerys Targaryen, he burnt everything.
The New Orleans Pelicans are now set up to be Zion Williamson’s franchise to lift, and No. 1 pick could ease potential trade of Anthony Davis. His stance on a trade has not changed, league sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium.
— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) May 15, 2019
Where the Pelicans ultimately ship Davis will dramatically alter the NBA power structure. Keep your popcorn close.
NBA Combine Begins
The NBA Draft lottery tipped off a week of festivities in the Windy City. Tyler Herro, Keldon Johnson and P.J. Washington will be questioned, drilled and tested by NBA officials over the next four days at the NBA Combine. Washington’s combine week started with an interview on NBATV.
— NBA TV (@NBATV) May 14, 2019
We’ll see more snippets from Chicago through the days, but the real meat and potatoes isn’t until Thursday and Friday. Drills and five-on-five action will air on ESPN2 from 3:00-7:00 each day.
What will Jaden McDaniels do?
At this point, we don’t know when or what the five-star forward is going to do about his college announcement. There has been so much “he said, she said,” over the last 48 hours, it’s hard to keep track. McDaniels’ coach believes a decision will come today. If that’s the case, it’s bad news for the Cats. If he decides to wait it out a little longer, John Calipari could eventually convince him to choose UK. All we can do is wait and see.
Bat Cats get a W
Nick Mingione’s ball club turned one win into two, rolling a Sunday W over South Carolina into a Tuesday non-conference victory over Michigan. The 7-4 win over the Wolverines is exactly what the team needed going into the final SEC series of the season against Vanderbilt at Kentucky Proud Park.
Listen to a New Funkhouser Situation
Chris Tomlin and Lee Cruse are back in action to talk about your favorite HBO shows, Veep and Game of Thrones, and much more around the world of pop culture in a new episode of The Funkhouser Situation. If you’ve ever wanted to know how the sausage is made, the dynamic duo will be taping a LIVE podcast Monday, May 20 at 8:30 inside the new Jake’s Cigar Bar at Brannon Crossing. Come for the podcast, stay for the bourbon and cigars.
This Doesn’t Happen Often
Bob Baffert recently made the trip to Ashford Stud to hangout with his two history-making horses, American Pharoah and Justify. Incredible.
Pole positions for Saturday’s Preakness will be drawn at Pimlico Park tonight at 5:00 p.m. ET. Without Maximum Security or Country House in the field, Baffert’s Improbable will likely be the morning line favorite.
The Warriors Won
I’m sure you’re shocked.
Golden State easily took game one of the Western Conference Finals from the Portland Trail Blazers with a 114-96 victory. DeMarcus Cousins dressed and warmed up, but did not return to action from a torn quad.
The Eastern Conference Finals begins tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET when the Milwaukee Bucks host the Toronto Raptors at Fiserv Forum. You can catch all the action on TNT.
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again.
Failure + Perseverance = Success pic.twitter.com/Nv7Lr2ifzR
— Michael Loftman (@michael_loftman) May 13, 2019