Davis: Pel­i­cans tired of los­ing

China Daily (Hong Kong) - - SPORTS -

NEW ORLEANS — Anthony Davis says New Orleans Pel­i­cans are “tired of los­ing” and have the ros­ter to do some­thing about it.

That is, if they can find a new of­fen­sive scheme that suits their mix­ture of in­cum­bent starters and re­cent ac­qui­si­tions.

“We can’t wait for the sea­son to come and try to make some noise here in the loaded West,” said Pel­i­cans power for­ward Davis on Tues­day while pro­mot­ing a youth camp he’ll host in early Au­gust.

“We’re do­ing ev­ery­thing, whether it’s sign­ing play­ers, trad­ing play­ers ... what­ever it is to just try to make sure that we try to be a win­ning or­ga­ni­za­tion.

“We have the tools right now to be suc­cess­ful. Right now, I think we look good on pa­per. So we’ve just got to fig­ure it out.”

The Pel­i­cans will likely need the right scheme, good chemistry and good health to con­tend in the West­ern Conference, which fea­tures de­fend­ing cham­pion Golden State as well as Hous­ton, Oklahoma City

in terms of pro­fes­sional man­age­ment and mar­ket­ing.

With that in mind, the China Vol­ley­ball As­so­ci­a­tion has hired Vol­ley­ball World to over­see its mar­ket­ing de­vel­op­ment from the new sea­son and hopes the logo and mas­cot se­lec­tion will be the first step in at­tract­ing a new gen­er­a­tion of fans and play­ers.

“We want to give a phys­i­cal form to the spirit of Chi­nese vol­ley­ball,” said Eric Gao, CEO of iRENA. “The pur­pose of re­design­ing the logo and mas­cot is for the public to feel the change of the league, and to at­tract more young peo­ple to the sport. The spirit of Chi­nese vol­ley­ball has huge value, and we have to make use of it.”

The CVA is un­der­stand­ably ex­cited by the new be­gin­ning.

“The new un­der­stand­ing to­ward the sport and the fur­ther co­op­er­a­tion be­tween the CVA and iRENA will bring new changes to the league,” said Meng Jian, the CVA’s deputy gen­eral sec­re­tary. We have the tools right now to be suc­cess­ful. Right now, I think we look pretty good on pa­per. So we’ve just got to fig­ure it out.” Anthony Davis, on the Pel­i­cans’ prospects

and San An­to­nio.

Davis is op­ti­mistic that could hap­pen. He’s been work­ing out this off­sea­son with fel­low All-Star big man De­Mar­cus Cousins, and he fully en­dorsed the re­cent sign­ing of vet­eran point guard Ra­jon Rondo.

Davis said Rondo’s savvy play­mak­ing and de­fen­sive acu­men will strengthen New Orleans on both ends while also al­low­ing Jrue Hol­i­day to be­come more of a scor­ing threat.

When the Pel­i­cans re-signed Hol­i­day to a fiveyear, $126 mil­lion con­tract to open free agency, gen­eral man­ager Dell Demps and coach Alvin Gen­try men­tioned the pos­si­bil­ity of play­ing Hol­i­day off the ball more, and the ac­qui­si­tion of Rondo should al­low that, Davis said.

“When I first heard about Rondo, I thought it was a good sit­u­a­tion for us,” Davis said. “He knows when to get guys in­volved, when to make that pass.”

Davis said Rondo and Hol­i­day also will be a for­mi­da­ble de­fen­sive tan­dem along the perime­ter, mean­ing the Pel­i­cans’ All-Star big men should have more chances to pro­tect the rim and re­bound. He said Rondo’s long arms and big hands help him dis­rupt drives and passes as well as re­bound.

“They’re go­ing to give a lot of guards, this year, prob­lems,” Davis said. “It’s al­ways good when you can add a guy who knows how to play de­fense.”

By the time Davis hosts his clinic for kids on Aug 7-8 at the Univer­sity of New Orleans, he’ ll have spent a con­sid­er­able por­tion of the off­sea­son work­ing out with Cousins, who was ac­quired in a trade af­ter last sea­son’s All-Star game.

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