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In the NO covers the New Orleans Pelicans and NBA Basketball in general, including news, analysis, and rumors on and off the court. Hosts Ryan Schwan and Michael McNamara represent ESPN Truehoop Blog Bourbon Street Shots.




In the NO Pod Ep. 287: Jrue and a Free Agency Malaise

Mike and I get together to do a deep dive into the impacts of the Jrue Holiday signing - and then we start talking about everything else that could happen. Trades, signing, dropping below the cap, and Mid-level guys. We also talk about how good we think this team could be right now. Enjoy!

Duration: 01:39:03

In the NO Ep. 286: Free Agency Everything

Michael and I break down the options this off-season, ranging from Lowry to the Holidays to Rubio and Beverly. We dig into mid-level guys, minimum dudes, answer questions from twitter, seriously consider Rudy Gay, and bemoan Tim Frazier leaving. Okay, maybe not the last one so much. It's a big one though! LOTS of stuff! Enjoy!

Duration: 01:54:29

In the NO Ep 285: 2nd Round Live starring Frank Jackson!

Mike and I kick off our podcast as the second round starts, and the Pelicans swift strike there throw us off a bit. But we recover, talk lots of Frank Jackson, why the Pels targeted him, why they moved Tim Frazier, and hang on hoping for a second guy to fall to the team that we wanted. Guess what, it didn't happen. Oh, and we do talk a little of Phil Jackson and the Butler trade. Enjoy!

Duration: 01:13:07

In the NO Pod Ep 284: MegaPod on Jrue, Off-season and the Draft

Two full hours of Pelicans, my friends. We talk the myriad of options this off-season, including Jrue leaving or staying, which is better, Kyle Lowry, Chris Paul, moving Asik for something, Allen Crabbe, Loul Deng, and if Jrue is actually a needle mover in the first place. We also break down the guys we like the best in the upcoming NBA Draft, talk some guys we wouldn't like, and then talk about possible trades. We also argue about what Jrue should make in the off-season and place part of...

Duration: 02:01:11

In the NO Ep 283: Four percent chance at amazing

Four percent chance. It's amazing how much of an impact a 4% lottery ticket could have on this team. Michael and I spend most of the pod talking about the options the team has if they land one of the top picks in the draft. We talk Fultz, Ball, Butler, George, Lillard, and several other teams you probably weren't even thinking much about. Four percent chance. Tuesday could be boring, or magnificent.

Duration: 01:37:07

In the NO Pod Ep 282: Optimism Warranted?

The Pelicans have been eliminated from the playoffs, but there's still a lot to talk about! Michael and I cover the games that have happened since the last pod and bring up whether we should be optimistic or not due to the results. We talk about Boogie as a defensive force (or not) and look at a few stats and decide if they are real or not. We build a good team that both of us would hate to watch, talk about what the team really needs this summer, and touch on a little if Jrue is part of...

Duration: 01:39:43

In the NO Pod Ep. 281: King Solomon and the Boogie

No way not to spend lots of this pod without talking about King Solomon, Michael Jordan Crawford, and, oh yeah, E'twaun Moore. We talk about their production, how the team plays when Boogie steps off the court, and then spend a lot of time talking Boogie in general and if he's good or bad for the team. We then talk about whether the playoffs are realistic, what the road to get there would entail, and bemoan the next few games. And we even mention Omer Asik! Remember that guy?

Duration: 01:24:47

In the NO Pod Ep. 280: Gentry, Casspi, and the Hornets game

Michael and I talk about the Hornets game and things we liked and didn't like. We spend some more time talking about Gentry - and then even more time on what coaches do, due to the excellent Pelicast. Then we talk about Boogie Extensions and off-season plans. Last, we talk about the upcoming games and the Casspi news. Enjoy!

Duration: 01:25:45

In the NO Pod Ep. 279: Ugly Games, but is there progress?

Though we're still trying to wash the bad taste out of our mouths from that Utah game, Mike and I take a step back and review the last 4 games. We see good, bad, progress, and some major struggles getting penetration. We bag Jrue, defend Jrue, say bad things about Boogie, argue about the team having AD and Boogie hanging out on the perimeter, and talk about what we feel is the most pressing need for next season. Lots to talk about!

Duration: 01:22:03

In the NO Pod Ep 278: Jrue, y u so bad?

Michael and I get together after the team went 0-3 and are surprising upbeat. At least I feel like it's surprising. We do want to know what the hell is going on with Jrue, the other perimeter players, and Cousins less-than-perfect conditioning though. Then we talk some off-season stuff, how AD's looked, and if the team is still headed to the playoffs.

Duration: 00:53:50

In the NO Ep. 277: Euphoria Letdown

Well, that high didn't last for long, did it? Michael and I talk about the Rockets game. A bunch. Then we talk about Jrue needing to be aggressive, the team fitting together, and more importantly, fitting with Alvin Gentry. We also get sidetracked into what flexibility the team has over the summer to clear cap space - or not. And sheesh. That game. Ugh.

Duration: 01:44:33

In the NO Podcast Ep 276: DeMarcus Cousins and a Big Three?

Holy crap. We're recording a pod, talking about that terrible Lay-up line - er - All-Star Game, and suddenly a blockbuster trade falls on us. Boogie and Casspi for Hield, Evans, Galloway, a 1st, and a 2nd. Holy crap. We talk about it. And what else the team may do. Holy crap.

Duration: 01:18:17

In the NO Podcast EP. 275: Little Letdowns

Michael and I talk about these little letdowns that keep spiraling into Pelicans defeats - and while Michael walks away more positive than expected, I end up a bit more negative. A bit of a change of pace for us, I think! We talk about the importance of the next 6 games to the trade deadline, and if we think Dell and crew are even moving on anything at all. We also talk about Tyreke's inability to finish with any finesse at all. Ridiculous.

Duration: 01:29:29

In the NO(pe) Pod Ep 274: Trade Jrue?

That's pretty much what Michael and I talk about all pod long. What teams are buyers and sellers, which ones make sense to trade Jrue too, what sort of packages you can get back, etc etc. We do touch on a few other guys, but it's mostly the Jrue Show.

Duration: 01:35:55

In the NO Episode 273: Pushing for 8?

Michael and I talk about Jrue, Moore, and the push for the 8th seed in the West. Do we want the Pels to go for it? Trade Jrue? Set Moore free? We also talk about what the Pelicans can get out of this season, how important this stretch of games is, and if Anthony Davis elevates his team.

Duration: 01:10:52

In the NO Podcast ep 272: Motiejunas and an Improved Hield

Motiejunas! Buddy Hield's improved play! Rogue one! 4 wins! 1 game out of the 8th seed! Jrue Holiday's next contract! Michael and I have a lot to talk about after our hiatus, and we give it all the love and care it deserves. Enjoy!

Duration: 01:51:04

In the NO Ep 271: Can they get back to 500?

Jason and I talk about Buddy's minutes, whether the team will get back to playing .500 ball, spend an inevitable amount of time being sad about Solomon Hill, and wonder at the Brown minutes. Enjoy!

Duration: 01:09:05

In the NO Podcast ep 270: With Jrue comes Wins

After a disappointing loss against Orlando, the Pelicans welcome Jrue back to the fold and immediately win a back to back! Really! They won some games! So, Michael and I spend a lot of time talking about how bad our Small Forward position is. THEN we talk about the good stuff. While harping on Dante Cunningham all pod. I just can't let it go. Enjoy!

Duration: 01:11:31

In the NO Pod Ep. 269: The Return of the Jrue

Michael and I get to do a pod after a win!!! So instead of being 100% gloomy, we get to be 75% gloomy! That's not entirely true, as we get to talk Jrue returning and what that means, what Tyreke could mean to the team, and what is the missing piece for the squad. Enjoy!

Duration: 01:13:19

In the NO Pod: Ep 268

Michael and I talk about the first three games of the season. We try to find happy things to talk about other than Frazier and Davis . . . and fail. We pretty much can't get away from the badness, whether it's Hill, Galloway, Ajinca, Hield, Asik, Jones, even Stephenson. It's bad. But I do try. Enjoy?

Duration: 01:25:14

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