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A New Orleans Pelicans podcast powered by A weekly look at the team that says they'll never bend the knee with hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak.








Looking back on Pelicans-Hawks blockbuster, Trae Young nutmegs, more with Sarah Spencer

How are things shaping up for the Atlanta Hawks and New Orleans Pelicans two seasons after that 2019 NBA Draft blockbuster trade? Hawks beat writer for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Sarah Spencer) joins Bird Watch hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak to take stock of how things in Atlanta have developed since that trade, their own superstar in Trae Young -- plus a nutmeg counter -- and more as the 2020-'21 NBA season rolls on amid the coronavirus...


Pelicans prove they can win ugly ... and it's beautiful; here's why

It hasn't always been pretty as the Pelicans gritted their way to a 2-1 start, and that's a good thing. Over the first three games of the 2020-'21 season, the new-look roster has ridden strong performances by Brandon Ingram, Zion Williamson and others, while turning up the defensive intensity that was lacking in recent seasons. Bird Watch hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak break down the early takeaways, why the ability to win ugly is an important thing for this pandemic-altered season,...


How Giannis Antetokounmpo's new deal impacts Pelicans; reactions after preseason opener

It's official: Giannis Antetokounmpo ain't leaving Milwaukee anytime soon, so how does that impact the Pelicans following the blockbuster trade of Jrue Holiday earlier this season? Bird Watch hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak break it down. Plus: Reactions (and pumping the brakes) after New Orleans' preseason opener ... and preseason dominance ... this week. Next up: Jrue Holiday returns. MORE DAILY PELICANS COVERAGE:


Reactions (overreactions?) to Pelicans schedule, ESPN player rankings, more

Is Zion Williamson the 19th-best player in the NBA? What type of hamburger is he, really? Does any of this matter? Bird Watch hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak offer some early reactions the Pelicans' schedule, the annual ESPN player rankings and more as the Pelicans near their preseason opener. MORE DAILY PELICANS COVERAGE:


Pelicans first impressions ahead of unusual training camp & some prop bet picks

Are you ready for Pelicans basketball? Do you even know who's on the team? Have you ever heard Steven Adams' accent? Ready or not, a coronavirus-adjusted training camp is kicking off and the first preseason matchup is less than two weeks away. Bird Watch hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak go through some first impressions of what to expect for this year's team from offense to defense, grit and New Zealand trivia tidbits. Also: Some picks for Pelicans prop bets, like Eric Bledsoe's assists,...


Catching up on a Pelicans trade bonanza, rebuilt roster and Jrue Holiday's lasting impact

Dizzy yet? The Pelicans didn't make any splash signings in free agency, but they were at the center of one of the more complicated mega-trades in NBA history. In the end it sent Jrue Holiday out of town, and welcomes longtime Thunder center Steven Adams and former Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe to New Orleans. Bird Watch hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak break down the fallout from that trade, size up the Pelicans' reshaped roster -- including the No. 13 pick in Kira Lewis Jr. -- and offer some...


Pelicans NBA Draft preview: Trades, prospects to watch, more with Shamit Dua

Who will the Pelicans draft when they get on the clock for the 2020 NBA Draft next week? Will it be at 13 or somewhere else after a trade? Will Jrue Holiday still be on New Orleans roster? (Shamit Dua) of (Bourbon Street Shots) joins Bird Watch hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak to break down what to expect from the Stan Van Gundy-era Pelicans and several of the top prospects in this year’s class.


Inside Stan Van Gundy's Pistons run, why it's a 'good fit' with Pelicans, 1 big question

With the Pelicans' new coaching era set to kick off in New Orleans, what should you expect from Stan Van Gundy in New Orleans? A good place to start is his most recent coaching run. Pistons beat writer for The Athletic, (James Edwards III), joins this episode of Bird Watch to talk about SVG's final year in Detroit, his impressions of the Pelicans' new coach and more.


Grading the Stan Van Gundy hire; early takeaways, reactions to Pelicans new head coach

The Pelicans have found their coach, and his name is a familiar one: Stan Van Gundy. What to think of the hire? Bird Watch hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak go through some key points, what we expect and hand the hire a way-too-early grade as another season of question marks approaches in New Orleans.


Who's the Pelicans best option for new coach? On home-grown talent, more with Nuggets writer Harrison Wind

Can an NBA team win a title with home-grown talent? Small-market teams have to try. Denver Nuggets beat writer (Harrison Wind) joins this episode of Bird Watch to talk about that topic and more in This week's episode of Bird Watch with co-hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak. Also: If the Pelicans got their top pick, who would be the best option? Is it Doc Rivers? Ty Lue? Kenny Atkinson? A wild card? Check out this week's episode and more Pelicans content at...


On Pelicans fans holding a grudge, Nuggets apology tour and more with Will Guillory

Who do Pelicans fans despise most? Some might say it's Anthony Davis, but our vote still goes to Eric Gordon. (Will Guillory) of The Athletic joins Bird Watch host Christian Clark in this week's episode to hit a variety of topics, including the "I was wrong about the Nuggets" apology tour.


On old-school Pelicans, Jrue's snub, MIP Brandon Ingram and more with Jim Eichenhofer

Jim Eichenhofer has covered the Pelicans since the beginning of time. Well, not really ... it just feels that way. The longtime Pelicans reporter joins this week's episode of Bird Watch with hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak to share some stories about the early days of basketball in New Orleans -- and the aforementioned Chris Paul and JR Smith lineup, plus some takeaways from the newly-minted Most Improved Player Brandon Ingram, Jrue Holiday being left off the All-Defensive team and more.


On the NBA strike and 5 things to wonder about for Pelicans headed into offseason

As the NBA gets back going following a three-day strike as players weighed canceling the season altogether, we dive a bit into what it was all about and the messages sent around the league over the 72-hour stoppage. Also: Breaking down 5 areas of concern for the Pelicans headed into the offseason.


Here are 5 reasons to be optimistic as Pelicans face critical offseason

It was a season of more downs than ups, but don't fret Pelicans fans, it's not all bad -- in fact far from it. In this week's episode (after loving Luka Doncic a bit) hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak hit on five key points of optimism as the Pelicans head into a coaching search and an offseason that will likely shape the next decade for a franchise built to rise. NEXT WEEK: 5 reasons to be worried REMEMBER: Rate/review/subscribe Ring the...


No draft lottery magic for Pelicans this time. Some deep 3-pointers and way-too-early picks.

If you won the lottery every time you played, well, it wouldn't be a lottery at all. The Pelicans stayed at No. 13 for the upcoming draft, so that means we get to make some under-informed picks for who New Orleans might land (or trade for) in October. Also: We like deep 3s and we cannot lie.


Alvin Gentry fired: Quick reactions, Pelicans' options for new coach, more with Rod Walker

Alvin Gentry has been fired. It is official. So ... what's next? columnist Rod Walker joins Bird Watch hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak to share quick reactions to the firing of the Pelicans' coach, throw down names for the next potential hire and more in this week's episode.


What happened to the Pelicans? Diving in with Andrew Lopez after playoff dream disappears

Welp ... that's now how you draw it up. The Pelicans came into the NBA bubble with sky-high expectations, but with two games left to play the team's playoff hopes are officially underground. ESPN's Andrew Lopez joins Bird Watch host Christian Clark to discuss the Pelicans' most recent loss to the Spurs, what went wrong in the seeding games and what to look for going forward into next season.


Hitting reset after Pelicans beat Grizzlies & what's next? With guest Keith Parish

The Pelicans and Grizzlies met again with a familiar result, but what does it all mean? (Fastbreak Breakfast) host (Keith Parish) joins (Bird Watch) hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak in this week's episode to see if we can make heads or tails of the bubble playoff race, and reset some key scenarios. Spoiler: He's not hitting the panic...


Quick reactions to Pelicans-Jazz & Zion's minutes limit? Here's what we know so far.

Remember when Zion Williamson's mask photo was the biggest Pelicans storyline? Well things have changed quickly with an opening loss to the Jazz in the NBA's restart and a lot of confusion over the young star's minutes limit. Here are the quick takeaways from the game, what we know about his restrictions (and the reasoning behind them) from EVP David Griffin's comments today,


Pelicans' top scrimmage takeaways; what's next for Zion; 5 things we're watching in NBA bubble

The games don't count, so what exactly is there to take away from the Pelicans' first two NBA bubble scrimmages? Health, for one, but Bird Watch hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak break down a few more key elements of some REAL, anticlimactic basketball action in Orlando. Plus the latest on Zion's quarantine and return, some stumbling blocks, Lou Williams at Magic City and more as the Pelicans restart opener vs. the Jazz looms.