In The N.O. - A New Orleans Pelicans Pod

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 May 4, 2019


In the N.O. is the official podcast of Bourbon Street Shots (an ESPN TrueHoop Network affiliate) hosted by Shamit Dua and Mason Ginsberg. The podcast dives deep into New Orleans Pelicans and NBA basketball, covering both the team as well as the latest hot topics and trends around the league.

Episode Date
The Schedule Release Pod

Shamit and Mason breakdown the Pelicans schedule, bringing you all the relevant stats and analysis. After that, we have a little fun with overs and unders and random Pelicans stat predictions.

Aug 16, 2019
The Pelicans Introduce All The New Players

Shamit and Mason breakdown the key points brought up in the Pelicans's introductory press conference for the various players they acquired this summer. They touch on a few points brought up by each player and quickly discuss the Pelicans's crowded backcourt rotation.

Jul 18, 2019
Tales From Summer League

Shamit and Mason take you through how the Pelicans have been performing in Summer League. Shamit discusses his time in Vegas watching the team, and the duo breaks down what to expect from the rookies during the season.

Jul 14, 2019
Free Agency Breakdown

Shamit and Mason breakdown all the moves the Pelicans have made in free agency thus far. Come for the analysis, stay for the fight over Darius Miller.

Jul 04, 2019
Free Agency Primer

Shamit and Mason discuss how the Pelicans should approach free agency. They talk about best fits, contract lengths, and positional needs.

Jun 28, 2019
Pelicans Draft Zion Williamson

It's the most wonderful night of the year. The Pelicans have drafted Zion Williamson (Jaxson Hayes and Nickeil Alexander-Walker). Shamit and Mason give their reactions and breakdown.

Jun 21, 2019
The Pelicans Trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers

Mason and Shamit take a break from the madness during what they thought would be a calm weekend to react to the big news. The New Orleans Pelicans have traded Anthony Davis to the Los Angeles Lakers for Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, Josh Hart and three first-round picks, including No. 4 of the 2019 Draft. For more podcasts, check out bluewirepods,com.

Jun 16, 2019
The Anthony Davis Trade Draws Closer

Shamit and Mason evaluate what will happen next in the Anthony Davis saga and how David Griffin is handling his first offseason in New Orleans.

Jun 13, 2019
The Pelicans Begin Listening to Offers for Anthony Davis

Shamit and Mason breakdown the theory behind trade packages and attempt to quantify the value each team can provide. 

Jun 05, 2019
Pelicans Stay Winning by Hiring Trajan Langdon

Shamit and Mason dive into the Pelicans' recent hot streak. Gayle Benson remains committed as ever. New hires in coming?

May 23, 2019
Talking Draft with Ricky O'Donnell

Shamit and Mason are joined by SB Nation college bball writer (and Blue Wire Podcaster) Ricky O'Donnell to break down Zion Williamson and how the rest of the NBA Draft will shake out.

May 22, 2019
Pelicans Win the Lottery

Zion Williamson will be a New Orleans Pelican. That is all. Actually wait, there is a guy named McNamara who guest stars as Pelicans' GM while Shamit and Mason pitch the best trades from opposing teams.

May 15, 2019
Pre-Lottery Madness

Shamit and Mason discuss the recent news around the Pelicans as the lottery approaches.

May 13, 2019
Blue Wire Buckets - Episode 12 Selection

Mason is joined by Dan Favale of Hardwood Knocks & Jason Patt of Cash Considerations for the latest installment of Blue Wire Buckets. Listen to a segment of the latest episode.

May 10, 2019
Amin Elhassan talks David Griffin and Aaron Nelson

In this Episode we bring on former Suns front office member and current ESPN analyst, Amin Elhassan. Amin provides an incredible amount of insight on what David Griffin and Aaron Nelson bring to the table for the New Orleans Pelicans.

May 04, 2019
What If Anthony Davis Stays?

Shamit and Mason dive into the possibility of Anthony Davis signing long-term with the Pelicans. They discuss how to approach team building if that happens and possible trades they would like to see.

Apr 26, 2019
Blue Wire Buckets Segment: Episode 4

Mason is joined this week by Justin Rowan of The Chase Down podcast for an episode of Blue Wire Buckets Blue Wire's new NBA Playoffs podcast. Here is a segment from the most recent episode.

Apr 22, 2019
The Pelicans Hire David Griffin

Shamit and Mason break down all things related to the Pelicans hiring David Griffin to lead basketball operations. 

Apr 17, 2019
The Season Is Over and So Is The Search

Shamit and Mason recap the tumultuous end of season events around the league and the Pelicans. They then discuss what they think the results of the GM search might be along with apprehensions going forward.

Apr 12, 2019
In The N.O. Episode 27: The Tankathon Continues and the Pelicans Begin Interivews

Shamit and Mason discuss the great Tank War of 2019, odds the Pelicans land Zion Williamson, and updates to the GM search.

Apr 05, 2019
In The N.O. Episode 26: The Wood Era Begins, the GM Search Continues

Shamit & Mason discuss the emergence of Christian Wood and his lights out performance against the Hawks. Plus they break down the latest on the Pelicans' GM search.

Mar 29, 2019
In The N.O. Episode 25: Listener Mailbag

Shamit and Mason answer you questions about the Pelicans.

Mar 20, 2019
In the N.O. Episode 24: Is Ownership Even Doing Anything?

Shamit and Mason discuss the activity, or lack there of, of the Pelicans ownership since firing Dell Demps. They also go down the roster and try to predict who will be on the team next year.

Mar 12, 2019
In The N.O. Episode 23: Mardi Brow Madness

Shamit & Mason share their thoughts on the Pelicans' local presence and the team's recent play with and without AD before digging into the commentary surrounding Davis' current standing both straight from the source (on HBO's "The Shop") as well as from NBA league commissioner Adam Silver.

Mar 04, 2019
In The N.O. Episode 22: Losing Superstars and David Griffin's GM Candidacy

Shamit and Mason are joined by Justin Rowan and Carter Rodriguez of The Chase Down, a Cavaliers-focused podcast (also within the Blue Wire network). They discuss the similarities between the two franchises in regards to the loss of superstars (AD and LeBron) as well as what to do with the sidekicks (Jrue and Love) before wrapping up with some talk about whether or not David Griffin would make sense as the Pelicans' next GM.

Feb 22, 2019
In The N.O. Episode 21: AD to Boston? Zarren to NOLA?

Shamit and Mason are joined by former EIC Ryan Bernardoni to talk about Boston's pursuit of Anthony Davis, possible trade packages for AD, and current Celtics Assistant GM Mike Zarren's potential candidacy for the vacant Pelicans GM job.

Feb 22, 2019
In The N.O. Episode 20: The Demps Era Ends & the AD Saga Continues

Shamit & Mason review the past 48 hours of non-stop Pelicans news. Anthony Davis leaves the arena mid-game on Thursday night. Dell Demps is fired Friday morning. Gayle Benson beautifully lays out the Pelicans' path forward on Friday afternoon. And AD says a bunch of weird conflicting stuff at his All-Star Weekend media availability on Saturday morning. 

Feb 16, 2019
In The N.O. Episode 19: Trade Deadline Recap

Shamit and Mason discuss the events of the trade deadline. Shamit tells us how he really feels about the NBA coercing the Pelicans to play Davis. Mason gives his thoughts on the Mirotic Trade. Anthony Davis is not a Laker.

Feb 08, 2019
In The N.O. Episode 18: Anthony Davis Media Mania

Shamit and Mason react to how hilariously the media activity around Davis's trade request has unfolded. They analyze the best offers, how the Pelicans are leveraging the media, and what to expect at the deadline.

Feb 05, 2019
In The N.O. Episode 17: Anthony Davis Requests to be Traded

Shamit & Mason react to the biggest NBA news of 2019 to date - Pelicans superstar, Anthony Davis, has declared that he will not sign an extension in New Orleans. Who is to blame? What does it mean for the franchise? When will he be moved? Tune in to find out the answers to these questions and more. 

Jan 29, 2019
In The N.O Episode 16: Should The Pelicans Become Sellers?

Shamit and Mason recap recent games, discuss Anthony Davis missing out on all-star, and decide how the Pelicans should operate going forward given the recent slate of injuries. Find out what each of us would do if the Pelicans win the draft lottery.

Jan 25, 2019
In The N.O. Episode 15: Fan Mailbag

Shamit and Mason discuss the recent games and take turns answering your crazy questions. Is Steph better than AD? Will the Pels re-sign Cheick Diallo? Tune in and find out.

Jan 18, 2019
In The N.O. Episode 14: The Pelicans are on a Win Streak!

Shamit and Mason discuss the Pelicans recent 3 game winning streak. Can the Pelicans sustain this success on a tough road trip ahead? Come listen to the schedule breakdown and our predictions.

Jan 11, 2019
In The N.O. Episode 13: Time for Change?

Shamit and Mason explore if the Pelicans should make a change in the coaching staff or front office. Bonus - Justin Holiday live reaction.

Jan 04, 2019
In The N.O. Episode 12: Davis and his Future

Shamit and Mason take a deeper look at the media attention Davis has garnered recently and each lay out how they think the future will look like if Davis is moved.

Dec 28, 2018
In The N.O. Episode 11: A Look Upstream and a Dive into the Trade Pool

Shamit and Mason head out on the Oregon Trail to talk about fording potentially treacherous Rivers, hunting Bucks with limited ammo, and visiting the community trading post.

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Dec 19, 2018
In The NO Episode 10: Scrutinizing Schemes, Rationalizing Randle, and Theorizing Trades

The Pelicans continue their up and down trend, and Shamit and Mason are back to talk about it. What are the Pels trying to do schematically, what is preventing them from achieving sustained success, and how should Julius Randle fit into the team’s short-term and long-term plans? Tune in to find out.

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Dec 12, 2018
In The NO Episode 9:Defense, Davis, and Andrew Harrison?

Mason and Shamit discuss what's wrong with the defense? How much blame does AD get for the Pelicans under-performing? Andrew Harrison?

Dec 05, 2018
In The N.O. Episode 8: The Roller Coaster Continues

Shamit and Mason discuss the Pelicans recent string of losses. How do you stop turnovers? What is defense? What happened in the locker room after the Celtics loss? Tune in and find out. 

Nov 27, 2018
In The NO Episode 7: Perfect Pelicans No More
Mason talks about the Pelicans' recent rough stretch with Andrew Lopez of the Times Picayune/, and then previews the Thunder game with Brett Dawson of The Athletic.
Nov 05, 2018
In The NO Episode 6: The Pelicans Beat The Brakes Off The Rockets
Mason and Shamit react to how New Orleans lit up the Houston Rockets. Had them out like a light. Like a light. Like a light.
Oct 18, 2018
In the NO Episode 5: Interview with Pelicans Performance Consultant, Mike Guevara
Meet the one of the most innovative guys in sports. Mike G is a Performance Consultant with the New Orleans Pelicans as well as the personal Performance Coach to Jrue Holiday. Coach Mike walks us through how he got his start, what kind of preparation goes into the offseason, what to expect from Frank Jackson and a whole lot more. 
Aug 31, 2018
In the NO Episode 4 Part 2: Mythbusters - Pelicans Ticket Sales Edition
In Part 1 of the latest episode of In the NO, Shamit and Mason kick things off by discussing the addition of Jahlil Okafor. They then pivot to the recently released NBA regular season schedule, and then talk about the Pelicans’ over-under in comparison to some other Western Conference playoff hopefuls. In Part 2, they bring on their first guest of the podcast’s new era – Chase McVay, a former Pelicans ticket sales employee for four years. Chase was nice enough to share a great deal of insight regarding this over-speculated and under-reported aspect of professional sports. The three of them touch on numerous topics, including the growth of the fan base, the secondary market, and even some fun fan interaction stories.
Aug 15, 2018
In The NO Episode 4 Part 1: Okafor and the Schedule
In Part 1 of the latest episode of In the NO, Shamit and Mason kick things off by discussing the addition of Jahlil Okafor. They then pivot to the recently released NBA regular season schedule, and then talk about the Pelicans’ over-under in comparison to some other Western Conference playoff hopefuls. In Part 2, they bring on their first guest of the podcast’s new era – Chase McVay, a former Pelicans ticket sales employee for four years. Chase was nice enough to share a great deal of insight regarding this over-speculated and under-reported aspect of professional sports. The three of them touch on numerous topics, including the growth of the fan base, the secondary market, and even some fun fan interaction stories.
Aug 15, 2018
In The No Episode 3: Gentry Ball, Decompression, and Targets
Shamit and Mason discuss the Pelicans offseason thus far. What targets New Orleans should look at and what they have accomplished.
Jul 26, 2018
In The No Episode 2: We Have An Emergency
Shamit and Mason bring Mac out of retirement for this one. Boogie leaves the Pelicans to join the Warriors. Rondo leaves the Pelicans to join the Lakers. Oh hey Julius Randle, welcome to New Orleans.
Jul 03, 2018
In The NO Episode "1": Shamit and Mason Discuss the Pelicans Offseason
Shamit and Mason talk about the Pelicans and the draft. What should New Orleans do with Boogie? What kind of European players should be targeted? Where is LeBron going to sign? And more!
Jun 24, 2018
In the NO Episode 313: Off-season preview
Michael and I wrap up our era hosting the Pod by going into the Pelicans off-season.  How much to offer for DeMarcus Cousins, and could New Orleans land Paul George?  Can they go after a big free agent?  What is Rondo worth, and what can be offered to him?  Will the Pelicans be better next year?  To Ian Clark or not to Ian Clark?
May 20, 2018
In the NO Pod Ep. 312: Season Retrospective
Michael and I put a bow on the season, recapping the experience, what we liked, hated, and if the season was a success or not. We then talked about best moments, surprising players, turning points, and ranked this season against previous Pelican/Hornets seasons. I also really enjoyed remembering that Pelicans sweep. Part 2 will follow in a couple days, and it will be looking forward to the off-season and next year.
May 11, 2018
In the NO Pod Ep. 311: Brooms! Brooms!
A sweep! Michael and I get to break down quite possibly the most exciting results we've had since starting the Pod! We break down what went right, marvel at having three legitimate MVP players for the series (Mike and I stake out our position on them) and I trash Portland. Cuz screw those guys. We wonder at whether the Pelicans can carry this momentum into Golden State, and talk about GSW both with and without Curry as an opponent. And we make our predictions! Enjoy!
Apr 24, 2018
In the NO Pod Ep. 310: Portland Preview
Michael and I talk briefly about the Spurs game, and then give a lot of time to Portland! We talk about weaknesses, strengths, X-Factors, defensive schemes, and best players on the court. I ask three burning questions about hiding on Rondo, the all important turnover battle, and baiting the Pels into three point shooting. And we make our predictions. Enjoy!
Apr 13, 2018
In the NO Pod Ep. 309: Will the Playoffs ever be settled?
Michael and I talk about the Golden State win and handicap what is left for the playoff battle. Good news: The Pels control their destiny. Bad news, two losses and they could still be out entirely. Sheesh. We also spend a lot of time handicapping the teams the Pelicans could face in the first round and pick best matchups for particular Pelicans, and best matchups overall. Enjoy!
Apr 09, 2018
In the NO Ep. 308: Battling for Playoff Seeding
The war continues in the Western Conference.  Will the Pelicans prevail?  If so, where will they land?  And will it make any difference, since Mike is pessimistic about their chances?  Listen to this podcast, and curse his name and basketball opinions forever.
Mar 27, 2018
In the NO EP. 307: Rest will be in short supply
Michael and I cover the Pelicans' 8 games since the last pod, picking the games we enjoyed the most - and the one that disgusted us the most.  Yeah, Houston.  Everyone can't stand Houston. We talk Frank Jackson out for the year, Diallo playing well, who the best matchups will be for this team, and what their record will be over the 4 games in 5 nights coming up, including a back to back to back in New Orleans. Enjoy!
Mar 20, 2018
In the NO Ep 306: Jrue the Terror and 8-0
Michael and I spend some time glowing about Jrue's transformation. Then we talk what Mirotic brings to the table, which Pelican is likely to fall off, and what is Diallo, really? We also hit up the coming 4 games, and worry about how insane the Western Conference playoff race is.
Mar 06, 2018
In the NO Pod Ep. 305: Davis on the Warpath
Michael and I break down the Pelicans' 6 game winning streak. We dwell on Davis, Mirotic's addition, and whether Jrue is properly paid for his production. Then we handicap the Western Conference playoff picture, giggle some more over Davis going nuts, and then cover the upcoming games and schedule. Including that awful 5 games in six nights at home in New Orleans. Eep.
Feb 27, 2018
In the NO Pod Ep. 304: Mirotic arrives and Davis slacking
Michael and I talk about the Pelicans-Bulls trade for Mirotic - and then the Dante one for entirely too long, orobably because I'm so happy to see it happen.  We then address who in New Orleans is most impacted so far by Boogie's injury, and wonder at Mirotic's future with the team.  Then we make predictions for upcoming Basketball games.
Feb 12, 2018
In the NO Pod Ep. 303: Boogie Injury Fallout and Potential Trades!
Michael and I talk the stretch of Pelicans games leading up to Boogie's Injury, the impact to the team for this year, the playoff chase, and the franchise going forward. Then, with the trade deadline looming, we also looked at what Dell Demps will do to try to keep New Orleans afloat, what teams are sellers, and what the Pels could hopefully get their hands on this trade deadline. Enjoy!
Jan 29, 2018
In the NO Ep. 302: Shh, we're being Positive
Michael declares he's going to do the entire podcast talking positively about the team.  He doesn't pitch a perfect game, but comes close, at least. We talk Rondo and his fluctuating role and minutes, is Jrue an All-Star, who is the team Alpha Dog, and we cover the games of the 3-1 week.  Look, a winning week!
Jan 16, 2018
In the NO Pod Ep 301: The Key Stretch
Michael and I tear up Boogie.  Then we tear him up some more.  Then we tear up Rondo.  Then we tear up AD.  I guess the Pelicans-Timberwolves game affected us strongly.  We talk about trades, and what the team should target, and then we look ahead at a very key stretch for the team.  If this team is better than a .500 squad, they will prove it over the next 2 months.
Jan 08, 2018
In the NO Pod Ep 300: Looking for an Identity
Michael and I talk about the Pelicans and their missing identity at the end of games, including in those bad losses in New Orleans.  On the way, we talk about things that surprised us so far this season, I grumble about Rondo, and we give Moore some love.  We look ahead to next week, of course, and then talk Star Wars.   Enjoy!
Jan 02, 2018
In the NO Podcast EP 299: WLWLWLWLWL...
Mike and I address the Pelicans' frustrating losses and how it seems this team beats itself more than the other team does. I wonder at why New Orleans fans are so upset about a 15-15 team when the expectation going into the season was a .500 team, and then we talk Boogie and his issues a little. We celebrate the crazy shooting, talk about the defense possibly getting better, and wonder at the morphing offense in the fourth quarter compared to the rest of the game. Enjoy!
Dec 18, 2017
In the NO Podcast Ep. 298: Davis injured - what to do?
It was a gut punch week for the New Orleans Pelicans, but the win against Portland was pretty sweet nonetheless. Michael and I speculate about Davis' injury, what the team should do on the trade market or not depending on him being out, and guess at a timeline. Then we also talk Rondo's contributions, Omer Asik's return, and what the Pelicans should have done with Donovan Mitchell. Then we talk about an upcoming slate of winnable basketball games.
Dec 04, 2017
In the NO Pod Ep 297: Winning against good teams, the Boogie Experience
In the NO returns and the New Orleans Pelicans are above .500 and just completed a 3-1 week! Michael and I talk about a few of the games, including the Raptors, Warriors, and Spurs, addressing issues we see like the interior defense, how Rondo has played, and who our favorite Pelican to watch is. We also show Miller some love, swear off beefy Jared Dudley, and address the idea of trading Boogie. Enjoy!
Nov 28, 2017
In the NO Ep. 296: Rondo back, Tough Games incoming
Michael and I touch on a bunch of subjects, including trading for a big man, turnovers, improving offensive play, Rondo being back, and an upcoming slate of tough games. Will the Pelicans continue to play winning basketball? Enjoy!
Nov 15, 2017
In the NO Pod EP 295: Jrue still bad, Team staying afloat
Michael and I spend some time talking about how awful the players have been on this team beyond the twin towers and how it's forcing the Pelicans to play them a lot of minutes. We also talk about how bad New Orleans is even with just one player is on, I rant about the Prevent Offense, and Michael addresses his thoughts about the dead Reggie Jackson trade rumor. Then we preview the next 3 games. Enjoy!
Nov 06, 2017
In the NO Pod Ep 294: Wait, are they 500?
A winning week brings the New Orleans Pelicans to .500 for the first time in . . . ever I think. Pretty sure it's never happened before. In basketball. We talk Sacramento and that awful first half, whether Cleveland was giving a damn, and what could have been if Davis didn't get hurt in that Portland game. Then we preview the four game upcoming week and make a bold prediction. Bold I tell you! Enjoy.
Oct 30, 2017
In the NO Ep 293: Crappy Jrue, First Three Games and Bledsoe
Mike and I spend a lot of time talking about New Orleans first three basketball games before getting to the Eric Bledsoe trade talk. We also talk Crawford, Nelson, Ian Clark, and Michael MUDERIZES Jrue. Blood everywhere. Pelicans fans Beware.
Oct 24, 2017
In the NO Pod Ep. 292: Ryan Raps and Season Launches
I pay up on the bet, delivering the finest New Orleans Pelicans rap you've ever heard. The finest. If you want the file by itself, let me know on twitter.  After I blow your mind with that, we then talk basketball pre-season and reasons to be optimistic or terrified for the upcoming season. We seem split 50/50 for both.
Oct 16, 2017
In the NO Pod Ep 291: Pre-season take-aways and Rondo's Injury
Hey look, the Pelicans are down 2 starters to begin the season. One day, New Orleans will just have to get used to this, I guess. We talk a lot about the pre-season. Who will finish games, are Boogie and Davis better staggered or not. What does Rondo being gone mean for the PG position. We cover a lot!
Oct 09, 2017
In the NO Pod Ep 290: Rest of the West
After dispatching the Hot Garbage teams in the West in part one of the pod, Mike and I start with the teams fighting for the playoffs and go through the pile. Pels are in this pile! Enjoy!
Sep 27, 2017
In the NO Pod Ep 289: Q-pon, Dante, Line-ups and Hot Garbage
Mike and I talk about Q-pon's revelations, Dante re-signing and make some guesses about line-ups.  Then we talk about the Western Conference teams that are Hot Garbage! Enjoy!
Sep 26, 2017
In the NO Podcast ep 288: Final Summer Moves and Eastern Conference Preview
We're back and dropping a long pod for you! Mike and I talk the final roster moves of the summer, going back from Rondo, through Ian Clark and Tony Allen, and then start the real meat of the episode: The Eastern Conference! We talk all the teams, including those known colloquially as Hot Garbage!
Sep 18, 2017
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!
Jul 04, 2017
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!
Jun 26, 2017
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!
Jun 23, 2017
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 a bet.  We'll need your help placing the second half.
Jun 12, 2017
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.
May 15, 2017
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 the answer. Then we talk about what we would like to see these last four games and what the odds are of keeping the pick. See? Lots! Enjoy!
Apr 07, 2017
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?
Mar 20, 2017
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!
Mar 13, 2017
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!
Mar 08, 2017
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.
Feb 27, 2017
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.
Feb 24, 2017
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.
Feb 20, 2017
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.
Feb 06, 2017
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.
Jan 23, 2017
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.
Jan 16, 2017
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!
Jan 02, 2017
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!
Dec 08, 2016
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!
Nov 21, 2016
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!
Nov 15, 2016
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?
Oct 31, 2016
In the NO Ep 267: Opening Night!
Michael and I stand agog at what we saw from Anthony Davis in the season opener. We talk about what questions we had about him we saw laid to rest in this game, what questions we still have, and then try to pick a Non-AD MVP.  We also pick LVP, talk about Lance a lot, and talk a little bit about the team defense.
Oct 27, 2016
In the NO Pod Ep. 266: A bad ankle and the pre-season so far
Who is Michael most excited to see play after seeing this pre-season?  Is Anthony Davis soft or injury-prone? Is Tim Frazier the answer?  Can Asik not suck?  These are all questions we answer in this week's In the NO.
Oct 17, 2016
In the NO Ep. 265 part 2: The Central Division
As promised, Michael and I wrap up the In the NO season previews of all the other teams with the exciting Central Division. Home of the Cavaliers, the interesting Pistons, the sad Bulls, and some other teams. Really, there are other teams in that Division. Enjoy!
Oct 04, 2016
In the NO Podcast Ep. 265: The First Pre-Season game
McNamara joins me to talk about the first pre-season game and the Central Division. And then we spend this entire pod on just the pre-season game, rotations, buddy hield, the starting guards, and what Gentry's trying to tell Omer Asik. We'll get to the Central division tomorrow. Enjoy!
Oct 03, 2016
In the NO Ep. 264: Media Day info and the Pacific Division
Michael and I feast on the nuggets of information that have trickled out of Media day recently. We choke on the injury news, devour the Lance Stephenson chances, and then turn to the Pacific Division to recap their moves. Can't think of any teams that matter in this division. Enjoy!
Sep 30, 2016
In the NO Ep. 263 part 2: The rest of the Southeast Division
Michael and I continue to break down the Southeast Division, including the sad Wizards, and the Sadder Miami Heat. Enjoy!
Sep 27, 2016
In the NO Podcast Ep. 263: McNamara, more Lance, And the Southeast Division
McNamara returns to give a little update on his thoughts without a podcast. We talk some of the moves, Lance Stephenson, and then start the Southeast division. Then I split the pod in two. Party 2, with the rest of the southeast comes out tomorrow. Enjoy!
Sep 26, 2016
In the NO Podcast Ep. 262: Jrue, Lance, and the NW Division
Graham and I talk about Jrue Holiday, the partially guaranteed Lance Stephenson, who we would like to see make it through camp, and then we tear into the Northwest Division - or, like I like to call it, My division of hate. A surprising number of my most disliked teams reside in this division. Graham doesn't like many of them either. We hope you don't as well. Enjoy!
Sep 21, 2016
In the NO Podcast EP 261: Lance and the Atlantic Division Preview
Graham and I talk about the Atlantic Division, the teams we like and don't like, mock some players and crews, and make predictions.  We also play "who is the highest paid player on this team."  I think some of the answers will surprise you.
Sep 03, 2016
In the NO Podcast Ep 260: Schedule, Olympics, Southwest Division Preview
Nick and I get together to talk about the recently released schedule, the Olympic games and what little we can draw from it, and then we sink into the meat of the podcast: We talk about the teams in the Southwest Division, the changes they made, and predict record for each one. Well, except for the Pels.
Aug 19, 2016
Offseason Storylines
Graham McQueen and Jake Madison go over some of the storylines surrounding the New Orleans Pelicans' offseason.
Aug 13, 2016
In the NO Podcast Ep. 258: Free Agency Wrap Up and Summer League
Nick and Graham join me in a wrap up of everything that has happened so far in Free Agency.  We talk Tyreke Evans, Hill, Moore, Frazier and Galloway.  We say goodbye to Ryan Anderson, Luke Babbitt and Eric Gordon - and make predictions on wins, improvement defensively and losses offensively.  And we talk summer league too!  Yay!
Jul 11, 2016
In the NO Podcast Ep 257: Summer League and Free Agency
Guest Hosts Nick Lewellen and Graham McQueen talk summer league prospects before diving into the Pels wants, needs, and possibilities in Free Agency
Jul 01, 2016
In the NO Podcast Ep 256: Buddy Hield!
With Ryan Schwan out of the country for a few weeks, Graham McQueen and I decided to take over the podcast and discuss our the newest Pelican: Buddy Hield! We also get into how Buddy will effect the team's efforts in free agency, what drafting Buddy means for players like Gordon and Tyreke, and we even vent a bit on the Buddy and Brow catchphrases going around. Oh, and we also discuss the Pelicans' team attractiveness relative to the rest of the NBA for entirely too long.  Enjoy!
Jun 24, 2016
In the NO Podcast Ep 255: Danny Ferry and the Draft
Graham McQueen and Nick Lewellen join me to talk about Danny Ferry, Special Advisor, and want it means for Dell Demps and the team's future moves. Then we move on to the draft, talk our preferred picks at 6, talk about things that would disappoint us, and if we like the idea of getting a second first rounder. We also talk about the second round prospects. Enjoy!
Jun 14, 2016
In the NO Podcast Ep 254: The Sixth Pick
Shamit Dua and I get together and run through an evaluation of the prospects the Pels could be eyeing with the 6th pick of the draft. Well, except for Dragan Bender - whom we don't know jack about. Then we talk about trading the pick, getting a big man early, if we like Murry, Hield or Dunn, if we pick in the midrange - and some guys we are looking at in the second round. Enjoy!
May 19, 2016
In the NO Podcast Ep. 253: Draft Fantasy
Nick and I get together and run through what COULD happen if the Pelicans move up in the draft as part of the lottery.  Because, you know, it could happen, right?  We talk the top prospects, who the Pelicans could trade the 1st, 2nd or even 3rd picks for - and if we would make those trades.
May 06, 2016
In the NO Podcast Ep. 252: A New General Manager?
Jake Madison and I get together and talk about the front office situation.  Will Dell Demps go?  Should he go?  Who do we want in that role?  Hinkie? Morey? A full control guy like Jeff Van Gundy?  If the team went after a number 2 on some other team - which team should they look at?
Apr 15, 2016
In the NO Podcast Ep 251: McNamara Drive By
McNamara stops by to put his bow on the Pelicans season. We talk about the front office, the draft, whether anything good came out of this season, rap lyrics, Tim Frazier, and a bunch of other things that just crop up.
Apr 06, 2016
In the NO Podcast Ep. 250: Injuries
Mar 24, 2016
In the NO Episode 249: Lottery Balls Incoming
Graham McQueen joins me to talk about the last two weeks of bad basketball, injuries that we are nearly numb to at this point, and whether we are full on Tank lovers now. We talk Jrue Holiday playing off the bench still, pick the most appalling Pelican Stat line, and try to figure out if Dell will try to win or not.
Mar 14, 2016
In the NO Podcast Ep 248: Let down
Mason Ginsberg joins me by phone to talk about yet another bizarre week to Pelicans basketball, complete with wins against OKC, a loss to the Timberwolves, and a craptastic mess in Houston. Also, we talk about injuries again, with Bryce DeJean-Jones going down immediately after being signed. Sigh. Oh, and the baby face in the artwork has nothing to do with the Pod. I just needed something that makes me smile. It's sooooooo CUUUTEE. Then we talk the rest of the week. Enjoy the podcast!
Mar 03, 2016
In the NO Podcast Ep. 247: ADs 59 and Trade Deadline wrap-up
I'm joined by Nick Lewellen to talk about Anthony Davis' 59 point monster and my frustration that it wasn't more. We also talk about the Trade Deadline - the deals that were and weren't made, Jrue Holiday's strong play, Anthony Davis and the All NBA team, the standings, and whether stockpiling tons of draft picks isn't going to burn someone in the end. Enjoy the podcast!
Feb 23, 2016
In the NO Podcast Ep. 246: Western Conference Trade Targets
Jake and I rip off a long podcast for you. First we talk the Tyreke Evans news, Ryan Anderson testing free agency, and a fake ESPN trade. We also address BDJ not re-signing right away, and Anthony Davis at the All-Star weekend. Then we get to what you all wanted - the Trade Market in the Western Conference - which is a lot more static than the East, that's for sure. Hopefully you'll hear something that tickles your fancy!
Feb 16, 2016
In the NO Podcast Ep. 245: Eastern Conference Trade Targets
Jake and I rattle through the eastern conference teams - assess which teams are buyers or sellers, and talk about players and trades we could see happening or would like to happen. Hopefully you'll hear something that tickles your fancy!
Feb 11, 2016
In the NO Podcast Ep 244: Done with Gentry?
Jake Madison joins me as we give a brief recap of all the games that have happened since the last pod - including the four game losing streak - and then I lay into Gentry. Jake tries to point out I may be being unreasonable. What do you think? Then we set things up for the first part of a Trade Podcast.
Feb 10, 2016
In the NO Podcast Ep. 243: One Shining Moment
Graham McQueen joins me this week to talk another winning week for the Pelicans! That's two winning weeks now! Despite our usual trashing of members of the Pelicans team, we do pick out one shining moment from each of the five games we cover. One of those shining moments may or may not have been Eric Gordon getting injured. I think I may be taking the anti-Eric stuff too far. Enjoy the podcast!
Jan 26, 2016
In the NO Podcast Ep. 242: Can the Pels be bad OR good enough?
Nick Lewellen joins me as we recap the week - a winning week(!) - and show ourselves to be terribly conflicted by talking down most of the team while doing so somehow. Sheesh. Then we play "20-20 Hindsight", "Which team is worse", and "Stop me when you hear a player you wouldn't trade Eric Gordon to get". We also talk some trade rumors, make up a couple bullshit trade ideas, and talk about where the team should go from here. Enjoy the podcast!
Jan 19, 2016
In the NO Wrathcast: Ep 241
Shamit Dua joins me in a wrathcast as we tear apart what happened in that Lakers game. We talk how bad the team has been defensively, the inexplicable line-ups, and fail utterly in coming up with reasons why Gentry would play those particular line-ups. Enjoy the podcast!
Jan 14, 2016
In the NO Podcast Ep 240: Blow it up?
Chris Trew of Trew to the Game (and our own BSS) joins me to talk about an 0-3 week that pushes this team further and further from respectability. We then talk about whom Chris likes to heckle the most, who talks trash the most, and come to realize Chris is a big softie. We also talk about what we think should happen with this team - full on tank? Is there a point of no return for Chris - and what is going to happen this coming week. Enjoy the podcast!
Jan 11, 2016
In the NO Podcast Ep 239: Middle of the Road?
Signs are pointing towards the team getting back to being a middle of the pack sort of squad. Jason Calmes and I talk about whether that is real or fake - if we think the team will continue to improve, and totally avoid talking tank. Sorry tankers! We address Tyreke's less than stellar play, a return to "okay" for Asik, and other things. Enjoy the podcast!
Jan 05, 2016
In the NO Podcast Ep. 238: Two and Two and a goodbye
Michael and I recap a week in which the Pelicans have some crazy highs and lows - and actually get to play their preferred five for a few minutes. Yay. Then - we predict the rest of the year as Michael says goodbye to the pod after 238 episodes. Yeah. Don't have much else to say. Enjoy the podcast.
Dec 21, 2015
In the NO Podcast Ep. 237: Is it time for the Tank?
In a lot of respects the Boston loss (and its aftermath) crystalized just how bad this team has been over the course of the season for many fans. So Michael and I talk fallout - trades, what we want this team to do, what we think they will do, what is a decent outcome if trades do start happening. We also talk about how some of these players fit or don't fit in Gentry's system. Then - upcoming games and Mike makes me define Rap terms. Yay! Enjoy the podcast!
Dec 14, 2015
In the NO Podcast Ep. 236: Mini Pod
Michael and I rip of a smallish podcast for you - since my inability to record properly destroyed the longer one we put together. Bleh. Anyways - we talk Asik return, Norris Cole, "are our guards any good?" and how Michael is really down on the crew right now. We also predict the upcoming week and give a quick preview of Boston and Washington. Oh, and some Rap stuff that will drive you 730! Enjoy the podcast!
Dec 07, 2015
In the NO Ep 235: Terrible on the Road
Michael and I continue to be flummoxed by some of the trends for this team - including just how bad they are on the road. We also play "what is more disappointing?", "Rap lyric vs Shakespeare", "Which Pelicans not named Davis could be the third best player on a good team?", "Who on the Rockets would you want at this point?", "I'm starting to feel bitter", and "Oh god why isn't this team better than it is?". All the rest happen in one form or another. Only one of those games was really made up.
Nov 30, 2015
In the NO Ep 234: Look! Wins!
Michael and I are agog over the two wins. When there are so few of them, they become just so, so precious. We talk Anthony Davis' sudden surge in energy, Ish Smith playing well, Anderson playing great, and the imminent return of Tyreke Evans. We also address Asik and Ajinca's minutes, Holiday's poor play and what we can expect coming up on the roadtrip. And yes, Mike asks me rap questions. Enjoy the podcast!
Nov 24, 2015
In the NO Podcast Ep 233: Total Eclipse
Michael and I are clearly starting to lose our optimism. Well, I am. Michael still is holding out hope. Regardless, we try to keep it light, talking the good we are seeing, what Gordon's role will be when healthy players come back, and the Turkish Klay Thompson. We preview the upcoming week, make bad predictions again, and with the wins, comes the return of Mike asking me rap questions. Yay? Enjoy the podcast!
Nov 16, 2015
In the NO Podcast Ep. 232: Looking for Bright Spots
Michael and I spend the first couple minutes of the podcast talking about bright spots! And if you know how long these things typically go . . . We also talk Tanking, AD being damn good, the disaster that is our backcourt, and make predictions for the upcoming games. Enjoy the podcast!
Nov 09, 2015
In the NO Podcast EP. 231: Real Games Occur
Michael and I talk about the three L's and rate how bad/good they were - along with what good things we did see in those games.  That part wasn't very long.  Then, Michael profanes Larry Bird, we talk about injury news, wonder at Davis' demeanor and preview the upcoming week. Enjoy the podcast!
Nov 02, 2015
In the NO Podcast Ep. 230: The Grand Adventure Begins
The Journey to the MVP begins this week for Anthony Davis against the Defending Champs.  How will it turn out?  Michael and I talk what we saw this pre-season, who we did and didn't like, talk about the REAL impact from all the injuries to the Win-Loss record, and play 2nd Best and Ryan Guesses Rap Lyrics.  I get them wrong. Enjoy the podcast!
Oct 26, 2015
In the NO Podcast Ep 229: Western Conference Preview 2 - Pelicans Landing
Michael and I walk through the decent teams in the Western Conference - including where we feel the Pelicans are most likely to land.  We don't really talk about Tyreke, because I'm so tired of injuries. Enjoy the podcast!
Oct 22, 2015
In the NO Podcast Ep. 228: Injuries and Western Conference Preview
Friggin hell, I'm sick of injuries.  Mike and I talk injuries, talk Nate Robinson, Bo McCaleb, and the rest of the roster hopefuls, and then pick the guys we want to see make the team.  Then we talk the bottom of the Western Conference - putting teams into the Garbage and "Meh" categories.  The Lakers are garbage.  Spoilers!  Damnit! Enjoy the podcast!
Oct 19, 2015
In the NO Podcast Ep 227: Weird Defense and Davis is a God
Michael and I talk about the Bulls pre-season game - our favorite moments, our least favorite moments, marvel at Anthony Davis, and kill a few other guys.  We also talk about some more injuries.  Seriously.  MORE INJURIES.  Plus, A.d.i.d.a.s and C.R.E.A.M. Enjoy the podcast!
Oct 15, 2015
In the NO Podcast Ep. 226: Eastern Conference Preview Part 2
Michael and I continue our Eastern Conference Preview!  And yes, the Cavs are the top team.  That's right, I don't care about Spoilers!
Oct 11, 2015
In the NO Podcast Ep. 225: Eastern Conference Preview Part 1
Michael and I spend the first part of the podcast talking about Asik and Ajinca's injuries and the impact, and then we get into previewing the Eastern Conference! We group the teams into tiers, and I quickly find I hate the Eastern Conference a lot more than Michael does. Part 2 will follow this weekend. Enjoy the podcast!
Oct 09, 2015
In the NO Podcast Ep. 224: The Pelicans are back!
Pelicans basketball is back! With a pre-season game in the books, the team roster essentially set, training camp well and truly rolling and the NBA ready to get started, we return as well! We talk Cole, Perkins and Seth leaving, and then handicap the trainee camp invitees. Then we get to the important stuff - Jrue Holiday's minutes restrictions, whether the optimism for this team is warranted, who could be the team's second all-star, and whether it was worth it for Quincy to risk his knee to propel the Pelicans to the playoffs last year! Oh, and I answer another wrap question. Badly. That is how you spell it, isn't it? Enjoy the podcast!
Oct 05, 2015
In the NO Podcast Ep. 223: Summer Time
Summer league is done! Babbitt and Gee have been signed, Curry is a possibility, and most Non-Cole Summer moves seen over!  Wait.  That means no basketball stuff for 2 months?! It's time for that Summer Time Sadness . . .  Which is still better than Jimmer Time.  Amiright or amiright? Well, before we go, how does the Western Conference stack up now?  Are the Pelicans a lock as a top 7 seed in the West?  Will they feast on the Spurs and Grizzlies?  Will I get any of the hip-hop questions Michael springs on me correct? I'd say no. At least to the last question.   Enjoy the podcast!
Jul 20, 2015
In the NO Podcast Ep. 222: Free Agency Wrap Up
With most of the big moves already completed, Michael and I talk about what this off-season means to the team.  Will Asik, Ajinca and Cunningham live up to their deals?  Can we squee with joy over Anthony Davis resigning?  What is a squee?  What teams got better or worse in the conference?  Plus, we answer some listener questions.   Enjoy the Cast!
Jul 06, 2015
In the NO Podcast Ep. 221: Free Agency Starting Mark
Michael and I talk about the news about Jrue Holiday's leg injury and the 76ers being fined about it, the underwhelming results of the NBA Draft, and then we get into the big fun discussion: The Draft!  We talk pie-in-the-sky candidates, whether Asik should come back and at what deal, and who we think should be targeted for all those mid-level exception dollar bills.   Austin Rivers anyone?
Jun 29, 2015
In the NO Podcast Ep 220: Staff, Gordon and the Draft
Michael and I get together and break down all the stuff that's happened since Gentry was hired!  Gordon picking up his option, staff joining Gentry's squad, Anderson making health vows, and, of course, the DRAFT coming up!  I love the draft.  Hope you do too!
Jun 22, 2015
In the NO Podcast Ep 219: Amin Elhassan on Alvin Gentry
The Pels pick Alvin Gentry, and Michael and I pick Amin Elhassan to come on and talk about the Pelicans new Coach.  As an ESPN NBA analyst and a former member of the Suns front office when Alvin Gentry coached there, we thought his insight would be invaluable.  And he doesn't disappoint.   After Amin, we spend time talking about what this means to the rest of the players as well!   Enjoy the Podcast!
Jun 01, 2015
In the NO Podcast Ep 218: Coaching Vacancy
Expectations were shattered with the firing of Monty Williams this week.  Michael and I get together to talk about the timing of the firing, impacts it might have on AD and team acquisitions, and whether the way it was done indicates anything about Dell Demps' power in the organization.   Then we get into the good stuff.  Who replaces Monty?  We talk Thibs, Gentry, Hoiberg, Jeff Van Gundy, Coach Cal, and many, many more.  We make our picks, talk about who Dell might be looking at, and what we hope will happen.   Tim Floyd's name even comes up!   Enjoy the Podcast!
May 16, 2015
In the NO Podcast EP 217: The Wrap
Michael and I talk Game 3 and Game 4.  Well, mostly Game 3 and who was to blame.  Was it Monty?  Then we talk about who should come back, who the Pelicans could and should target.  We talk Eric Gordon and his option, Davis and his extension, and Monty Williams and whether he should return.  We also wonder what would happen if the NBA got into cloning dudes.  Sorta.   Thank you for listening, everyone.  Hope you have an excellent off-season.   Enjoy the Podcast!
Apr 27, 2015
In the NO Podcast Ep 216: Warriors in the Blender
We talk over game 2, addressing some bad play by Anderson and Ajinca, Jrue's injury, and Anthony Davis playing 45 minutes and if that was a mistake.  All that, plus Tyreke Evans playing hurt, Gordon being an amazing shooter, Cole being weird, and our predictions for game 3.   Enjoy the Podcast!
Apr 23, 2015
In the NO Podcast Ep 215: Game 1 Recap
Michael and I talk about what we saw in Game 1 - including what we would like to see exploited, what we would like to see less of, and who our game-time heroes were.  We then make predictions for game 2!
Apr 20, 2015
In the NO Podcast Ep 214: The Warriors Await
We talk Spurs, then we talk Warriors.   The fire-eyed maid of smoky war All hot and bleeding will we offer them.   Enjoy the Podcast!
Apr 17, 2015
In the NO Podcast Ep 213: All the Marbles
One game.  San Antonio.  New Orleans.  At home. For. All. The. Marbles.  Unless the Pelicans win, in which case there are more marbles, and Golden State will come and try to take them from us.  Jerks.   We talk San Antonio, a little bit about the team and this really fun playoff race.   Enjoy the Podcast!
Apr 14, 2015
In the NO Podcast Ep 212: Turtle Race
Michael and I recap the 2-1 week, dwell on Non-MVP Anthony Davis, enjoy Asik's game against DeMarcus Cousins, and then, somehow, both have different reasons why the Pelicans lost the Portland game - from Anderson being used incorrectly to Eric Gordon not being the answer to Quincy not getting enough burn.  Then we answer a bunch of your twitter questions, Michael tears up an ambush, and we predict the upcoming 5(!) games before the next podcast.  By the time you hear us again, folks, things will probably be decided.   Enjoy the Podcast!
Apr 07, 2015
In the NO Podcast Ep 211: Pelicans have to Win Out?
We review the last three games, including the heart-breaker in Houston that could have been.  We think about Cousins as a Pelican (briefly) and then try to figure out what record the Pelicans need to make the playoffs.  Then we make bold predictions for the upcoming week!   Oh, and someone should find Westbrook and sweep the leg.  Not really.  Well Maybe.  No, don't . . . 
Mar 31, 2015
In the NO Podcast Ep. 210: Tired of Injuries, lets talk Rainbows
I wish we could talk about Unicorns and Rainbows.  Because, I am sooooo tired of talking about injuries.  So guess what happened!  The team had more injuries!  Frustrating!  Besides just the general rants about that, Michael and I also talk about what the team has accomplished this season, what they should be proud of, and whether the door is now shut, in our books, on playoffs.   The answer may surprise you!   Enjoy the Podcast!
Mar 24, 2015
In the NO Podcast Ep 209: Playoff Dogfight
It may be stupid, but Michael and I can't help talking about the fight for the playoffs.  We talk the games against Denver and Brooklyn, but also talk streaking Utah, the Serge Ibaka injury, the three guards the Pels have, and even talk a little about potential playoff matchups.  Getting ahead of ourselves?  Yes!  So what!   Enjoy the Podcast!
Mar 17, 2015
In the NO Podcast Ep 208: Davis going Nova
A 3-1 week and another injury to boot!  That's Pelicans Basketball!  Like Davis, Michael and I shake off Tyreke's injury and tear into all we saw these last few games.  And then, once again, we get sucked into talking what it would take for this team to make the Playoffs.  We try to come up with new things to say about Davis, consider whether this team is vulnerable to inside or outside opponent play, and wish bad things on the Basketball Gods.
Mar 10, 2015
In the NO Podcast Ep. 207: Reserves for the Win
Michael and I talk about this run of good play without the big stars and what it means.  Do the Pelicans now have an 11-man deep bench?  Should we expect the team to explode as they feed stars back into it?  Where does Ajinca, Babbitt, Anderson and Cunningham all fit next to Asik and Davis in the frontcourt?  And how does Evans, Gordon, Holiday, Pondexter and Cole all get time?   Good problems to have?
Mar 03, 2015
In the NO Podcast Ep. 206: Injury Bug strikes again
Michael and I have a lot to cover since the last podcast.  An injury to Jrue Holiday, Norris Cole, an injury to Anthony Davis, a 2-1 set of games, an injury to Ryan Anderson, Tyreke Evans being up and down, a death blow to playoff hopes, a team with a real, possible, 9-man rotation, and injuries that prevent that.   Freakin' injuries.   Enjoy the Podcast!
Feb 24, 2015
In the NO Podcast Episode 205: Trades!
After a few crushing losses, everyone must go!  Michael and I talk trades!  Not that any of them will happen, but it's fun talking about them!  Hope you enjoy the new opening!  And all the exclamation marks in this summary!   Enjoy the Podcast!
Feb 13, 2015
In the NO Podcast EP 204: Pelican surge comes crashing down
Michael and I stand, once again, aghast and how often injuries derail this team.  Seriously.  It's hard to build momentum with injury issues like these.  We talk the excellent win in OKC, I try to talk Michael off a cliff, we talk Toney Douglas and probably Jimmer's exile, and we guess at the final game before the All-Star break.   Come drown your sorrows with us!  
Feb 10, 2015
In the NO Podcast Ep. 203: Pelicans turning corner?
After good wins over the Clippers and Hawks, it's easy to squint your eyes, ignore the Denver loss and think playoffs once more.  So guess what?  Michael and I talk playoffs, Ryan Anderson not hedging, one of those nights in almost hated Denver, how many wins it will take for Davis to win MVP, and if Korver is an All-star   Plus Eric Gordon and Tyreke Evans' excellent play and what it means with Jrue!   Enjoy the Podcast!
Feb 03, 2015
In the NO Podcast Ep 202: No Jrue, No Problem
Michael and I break down the 4-game win streak and what it means now that Jrue isn't playing.  We talk the uptick in Gordon's numbers, how Anthony is taking more shots now, and address the idea of Jrue going to the bench.  We also talk Nate Wolters, whether Gordon may play basketball as a Pelican for years to come, and if we think Dante and Quincy are the answer on the wing moving forward.   Enjoy the Podcast!
Jan 27, 2015
In the NO Podcast Ep 201: Talking Monty
Michael and I finally just talk Monty and what it would mean if the team did move on.  Who we would like to see, if this is a reflection on Monty or the team, should he team make more moves without knowing who will be at the helm?  We also talk Hakeem Ajinca-won, Quincy being mad, and grading our guards.
Jan 20, 2015
In the NO Podcast Ep 200; Q-Pon Anyone?
Michael and I talk the coming Pondexter trade and Michael talks about how he thinks it sets up another trade after that.  Then I lay out some numbers about the Pelicans Offense, discussing just why the team is actually pretty good at that end.  I think the answer will surprise you.   Then we talk about the games, how annoying Andre Miller is, and preview the upcoming week of road games.
Jan 12, 2015
In the NO Podcast: The Return
McNamara Returns!  Eric Gordon Returns!  Over .500 basketball Returns! Christmas Gifts are being Returned!  So many returns!   Michael and I talk Eric Gordon's impending play, how bad Austin Rivers has been, whether Tyreke and Ryan Anderson can be major pieces on a championship team, and pick our MVND!   Enjoy the Podcast!
Jan 05, 2015
In the NO Podcast Ep 199: Any hope for the Playoffs?
Mason Ginsberg joins me to talk about whether the Pelicans have a chance to get into the playoff picture this year or not.  Then we pick Western Conference stars to curse, talk Tyreke Evans, and get into what the line-up numbers look like when replacing Eric Gordon with Luke Babbitt. Grim.   Then we preview a couple upcoming games and talk the Pacers and Chicago.
Dec 29, 2014
In the NO Podcast Ep 198: Jrue and AD
Nick Lewellen and I spend some time talking about Jrue Holiday's phenomenal defense - but how he's generally viewed around the league as a third tier sort of point guard.  We talk about how he's grown, and if he's good enough to be a member of a big three.  Then we shift to Anthony Davis and I make a crazy statement about his offensive game, Nick kindly ignores it and we start talking about defense.   We spend a lot of time talking about defense and line-up data.  I love me some numbers.   Enjoy the Podcast!
Dec 23, 2014
In the NO Podcast Ep. 197: Blame Monty?
Jason and I talk about the 2-2 week, the crushing defeats to the Clippers and Warriors, and what we think about Monty.  Rotations?  All Bench squads?  Hero Ball?  Discipline?  I also go on a rant about Tyreke Evans, we admire Golden State, and predict the tough upcoming weeks schedule.   We also hate the Clippers and Dallas, talk Dante,  and I call Blake Griffin a bad name and don't feel bad about it.   Enjoy the Podcast!
Dec 09, 2014
In the NO Podcast Ep. 196: Paper Bench Busted
Jason Calmes and I talk about the team's performance during this 0-3 stretch,and the obviously related release of Darius Miller and Patric Young.  Who is incoming?  What will it fix? Then we talk Austin Rivers, Tyreke Evans, not being 76ers fans, and Jason's Dream Move.
Dec 01, 2014
In the NO Podcast Ep 195: No Gordon, No Asik, No Problem?
Michael and I talk about . . . 43 points!  INJURIES?!?  OMG!!!!  What do we do!!!  Or - we break down no less than 6 games and give a brief preview of the week to come.  We talk everything - replacements for Gordon, the weakness of the bench, whether Tyreke is never going to hit a layup again, and whether Anthony Davis is a newborn godling placed in New Orleans to save us all.
Nov 24, 2014
In the NO Podcast Ep 194: Davis barking, Evans unfinished
Michael and I unleash a swath of Anthony Davis appreciation before moving on to the much more flawed team.  We focus greatly on Tyreke Evans and his finishing struggles, wonder at Asik's place among Hornet/Pelican centers, enjoy the hell out of Ryan Anderson, and preview the Lakers and Minnesota.   Good times!
Nov 12, 2014
In the NO Podcast 194: Davis Triumphant, Gordon not
Michael and I give our first game reviews of the season, blasting through what we've seen from the team.  We spend time on Asik, Evans, Rivers, Anderson, and, of course Gordon.  And we spend very little time on the unbelievably amazing Anthony Davis.  I mean, what is there left to say?  MVP?   Then we preview San Antonio and Cleveland's upcoming games!  Give it a listen!
Nov 06, 2014
In the NO Podcast Ep 193: Rivers declined, Actual Game Preview
Michael and I hit on a series of items, starting with a recap of the last two pre-season games.  Then we hit on Austin Rivers' option being possibly declined by the team, Lottery Reform that didn't happen, Expected rotations, our two Confident Predictions and Biggest worries, and last, we get to preview ACTUAL NBA GAMES.  They're here!  Rejoice!   Enjoy the Podcast!
Oct 27, 2014
In the NO Podcast Ep. 192: Western Conference Preview Part 2
We continue our Western Conference preview with the 9 teams in the Western Conference that will be battling for the playoffs.  Where do the Pelicans fall?  Well Michael and I have very different opinions on that.  The Western Conference is a slugfest.   Enjoy the Podcast!
Oct 24, 2014
In the NO Podcast Ep 191: Two Blowouts and Western Conf Preview Part 1
Michael and I cover all the action from the last two pre-season games, I declare for Austin Rivers, Anthony Davis goes crazy (as usual) and Jrue Holiday plays fairly well.  We also talk about whether Ryan Anderson is in game shape or not.  Then we move on to the Western Conference, covering the teams we think will be the worst six in the West - a position most writers feel the Pelicans will stay in.  Will we?  The rest of the Western Conference is coming in a couple days, so give it a listen!   Enjoy the Podcast!
Oct 20, 2014
In the NO Podcast Ep 190: Fredette v Rivers?
Michael and I talk about the gaping hole that is the Small Forward position. (As always with the Hornets/Pelicans) Then we move on to Rivers v Fredette and what that means for the rotation, whether we think Withey has a chance, and if Eric Gordon is awesome because of his appearance in NBA 2K15.   Enjoy the Podcast!
Oct 13, 2014
In the NO Podcast Ep 189: Eastern Conference Preview
Michael and I talk the Eastern Conference and how we think those teams will shake out.  Battles ensue over the placement of teams like the Bulls, Pacers and Hawks.  Michael is wrong.  No battle ensues over the placement of the 76ers, who really need to be relegated to the D-League now.   Enjoy the Podcast!
Oct 09, 2014
In the NO Podcast Ep 188: Tyreke missing as SF search starts
Michael and I talk about the pre-season game in Kentucky and what it might mean to the starting Small Forward position.  We talk about concerns around the Tyreke Evans injury and if it might mean a slow start.  Then we talk Austin Rivers and if his option should be picked up - why Michael loves a potential second unit, and we predict efficiencies for various potential line-ups this season.
Oct 06, 2014
In the NO Podcast Episode 187: Anthony Davis at the World Cup
Michael and I talk Anthony Davis and his showing at the FIBA World Cup!  We address what he's done so far, what he can take away from this experience, what we still want to see, and if I was right about him not breaking out.  Then Michael loves him some Eric Gordon.  Sigh.  And then I ambush him!   Good times!   Enjoy the Podcast!
Sep 02, 2014
In the NO Podcast Episode 186: James Ham on the Kingly Pelicans
Cowbell Kingdom's James Ham joins us to talk about the new former Kings the Pelicans have imported: John Salmons, Jimmer Fredette, Omri Casspi - and of course, we can't avoid talking Tyreke Evans too.  Then Michael and I talk about rotations, Darius Miller returning to the team, and who the most irreplaceable Pelican is this year.  Michael is wrong, as usual.   Enjoy the Podcast!
Jul 21, 2014
In the NO Podcast Episode 185: Offseason Moving
The Asik trade is finally done after a string of moves by Dell Demps, so Michael and I deliver grades?  Who did the team have to let go?  Who did they keep the rights to?  Is there a small forward on the team?  Are the Pelicans looking for a "Starting Small Forward" or a "7th Man"?   Then we also talk the first two games of summer league!  Yeah, that's right, basketball is being played!  Young is fun, Russ is crazy, and Courtney Fells is Morrow 2.0?   Enjoy the Podcast!
Jul 14, 2014
In the NO Podcast Episode 184: Free Agency and Making room for Asik
Free Agency is opening shortly, and Dell Demps has a lot to get done in a short time.  Michael and I talk about everything he has/can accomplish.  We touch on the chances Anderson, Gordon or Rivers may be gone in a few weeks.  We talk about Draft night, the acquisition of Russ and departure of PJ.  We talk sign and trades with Aminu or Smith, bird rights, cap space, Mid level exceptions, and the Luxury Tax.  We talk about other teams and what they might look like, and we make predictions about when we'll see the final trades going down this off-season.   It'll be an important off-season.  Big stuff on the horizon!   Enjoy the Podcast!
Jun 30, 2014
In the NO Podcast Episode 183: Asik!
Michael and I break down the Asik trade - what he means to the team offensively, defensively, salary cap-wise, and how he immediately upgrades the team's boardwork.  On the flip side, we talk his high turnover rate, how he quit on his team last year, and if we should be concerned about the fact his contract is only a single year.   Asik!!!   Enjoy the Podcast!
Jun 26, 2014
In the NO Podcast Episode 182: Draft V Trade!
Michael and I spend some time talking about this draft - the players we like at different places, including Kyle Anderson, Mitch McGary, Gary Harris, KJ Daniels, Doug McDermott, and more! We also talk about how the team could acquire those picks - whether they should, and what other costs come into play.  We also predict if the Pelicans will do anything special on Draft Night! Give it a listen!
Jun 23, 2014
In the NO Podcast Episode 181: The Off-season looms
The Finals are about to start, but the Pelicans beaks are turned towards the off-season, so Michael and I start talking off-season!  We talk the Mid-Level Tournament, our wishlists for TYPES of players we'd most like to see join the squad, and who terrifies us the most from the list of players.  We also hit on what players we'd be willing to clean out our depth to try to acquire, and discuss what we think Dell might do.   Also - Ryan Anderson, whether Tyreke would fit into the finals, and Spurs or Heat?
Jun 02, 2014
In the NO Podcast Episode 180: NBA Lottery Balls!
The NBA Draft Lottery is right around the corner!  With a 4% chance of keeping the pick, Michael and I take this last chance to dream about what would happen if the team did land a top-3 pick.  Would we prefer to trade it?  For whom?  Does it matter if it's the first, second or third pick?  We also talk Tyreke Evans surgery, Eric Gordon, and going back and watching the team when it had it's finishing five/core four.    Enjoy the Podcast!
May 19, 2014
In the NO Podcast Episode 179: Season Wrap
The season is ovah!  Michael and I talk about how fun those last two games were, Austin Rivers ejection, whether Tyreke and Austin should be focusing on mid-range shooting in the off-season, and Brian Roberts winning the Free Throw crown!  Then, we talk about Dell Demps closing comments for the season, Melvin Ely replacing the Steamer, the Lottery, and if some important players were disappointing this season.
Apr 21, 2014
In the NO Podcast Episode 178: Things fall apart fast
Michael and I don't spend too much time talking about the games and all the missing players.  Instead we talk about line-ups the team fielded this season, (and how few minutes any of them got) how best to stretch Eric Gordon, what to do with Morrow, what makes Stiemsma great, and what could make us want Dell Demps gone.   Plus, we talk about the Hornets/Pelicans all annoying team!  Yay! 
Apr 14, 2014
In the NO Podcast Episode 177: More Wins and Neck Surgery
Michael and I talk about a pair of gutty wins, pretend the game in San Antonio never happened, and enjoy the hell out of CP3 losing.  As usual, we can't avoid talking Eric Gordon - despite him not playing a minute, and we also talk Ajinca's situational value, Darius Miller's big game, Michael loves on Morrow even more, and we give an unlikely person credit for the Clippers win.
Mar 31, 2014
In the NO Podcast Episode 175: Chemistry, Davis and the Heat
Michael and I talk about the Heat game, Anthony Davis being a foundational player, the Heat game, how the team almost won in Toronto without Davis, Chemistry, Aminu as a backup power forward, and whether Brian Roberts deserves the abuse he gets. Plus, LVPs, Paying your Debts like a Lannister, and what happened to the Jazz?
Mar 24, 2014
In the NO Podcast Episode 174: Anthony Davis is a Superstar
So - last week Michael and I talked about Davis becoming a monster.  We were too early in singing his praises.  The guy is crazy good.  So we talk Davis, we give Tyreke Evans his due, we try to figure out why Monty equates Stiemsma to Winning and Withey to development, and Michael again lays all his hopes and dreams on Anthony Morrow.  We also talk about Brian Roberts and if he's truly as vital a piece to the Pelicans as Demps seems to indicate.   Plus, Anthony Davis!
Mar 18, 2014
In the NO Podcast Episode 173: Anthony Davis turning into a Monster
Michael and I don't sing the praises about Anthony Davis enough.  Well, we do it for a while tonight.  The guy is amazing.  We also talk Tyreke, the total lack of any defense played against Los Angeles, poke our usual fun at Monty's rotations, and then are shocked at the rotations we like showing up against the Nuggets.   That, and Michael declares his love for a free agent Small Forward.   Enjoy the Podcast!
Mar 10, 2014
In the NO Podcast Episode 172: Gerry V and Monty going Youth
Michael and I bring on Gerry V to get his take on the state of the team.  We talk all the young guys with Gerry, Michael and he argue about Gordon, and then we talk how he feels about Monty and Dell.  Then, once Gerry leaves, Michael argues with him some more about Eric Gordon, before we get to talk about how Monty has decided to go with a youth movement.  Who are you most interested to see play?  Rivers?  Withey?  Miller?  Steamer?   Enjoy the Podcast!
Mar 04, 2014
In the NO Podcast Ep. 171: Fire Monty?
Michael and I address all the losing and the fact he's joined the Fire Monty club.  How hot should Monty Williams seat be?  We also spend some time on Carmelo in the Knicks game, and a bit of time on Tyreke Evans and if he's worth his contract, as well as rank the various Pelican guards.   Plus, I get to read the entire roster of Pierre Jackson's new Turkish squad!
Feb 24, 2014
In the NO Podcast Episode 170: Trade Deadline for the Pelicans
Trade Deadline discussion!  We talk trading Gordon, Aminu, Rivers, Anthony Davis!  Okay, not Anthony Davis.  I was just seeing if you were paying attention.   Give us a call and tell us your favorite trades! 504-322-3333.   Enjoy the Podcast!
Feb 15, 2014
In the NO Podcast Episode 169: Evans wants a Role
Michael and I cringe about the Brooklyn game (Why do we always do podcasts after losses?) talk about all the good stuff we saw in the previous game, and then focus on Tyreke Evans' comments about not knowing his role with the team.  Michael also semi-apologizes to Brian Roberts, we both take turn grumbling about Gordon and Aminu, and we spend a large chunk of time on Anthony Morrow and Babbitt.  Shooters rule.
Feb 10, 2014
In the NO Podcast Episode 168: Pelicans changing Tactics?
Michael and I talk about the different things we've been seeing the past couple weeks as the Pelicans defense appears to be tightening.  We talk about Davis and his crazy run, Jason Smith and his season-ending injury, and discuss why Tyreke Evans has not been particularly effective.  As always, we also wonder at why Withey isn't getting more minutes, whether Rivers is developing, and what is the deal with Eric Gordon's huge dry spells. Oh, and I slaughter several people's last names.  They deserve it.  Why use confusing letters?
Feb 04, 2014
In the NO Podcast Episode 167: Davis going Nova
Michael and I talk about Jason Smith's Injury, whether he or Aminu will be back next season, and where the team needs the biggest upgrade.  We cover trends for the young guys on this team - the play by Rivers, Withey, and Darius Miller - and who we were most impressed with.  We also talk, of course, about Anthony Davis' exceptional play as he's had to carry more and more of the load.  Last, we talk Jrue Holiday, what my three wishes are for the rest of the season, and where Davis would already fit in for a "Top Hornets/Pelicans players of all time" draft.
Jan 27, 2014
In the NO Podcast Episode 166: Where Injured Pelicans Abound
Ryan Anderson, Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans all walk into a bar.  Just kidding, those guys can't walk!  Michael and I talk about the injuries, the fact that this team is now reduced to a lesser version of last year's squad, whether it's time to tank, if it's all Monty's fault, and we address the foul at the end of the Dallas game. Give us a call to sound off! 504-322-3333.
Jan 13, 2014
In the NO Podcast Episode 165: The Irreplacable Anderson
Ryan Anderson goes down, and once again exposes the fact he is probably the most irreplaceable part on the roster when it comes to efficient offense.  It happens, of course, after Michael and I talk about how things were looking up for the team.  Dangit!  We also talk Ajinca stating, Eric Gordon's odd explosive/disappearing acts, Jrue Holiday's passivity when playing next to Gordon, and the return to a starting lineup with two black holes.  Sigh.
Jan 06, 2014
In the NO Podcast Episode 164: Things Looking up in the New Year
Welcome to the New Year!  Michael and I talk about the positive and negatives things we saw during the games over the holidays, including the stinkers against the Clippers and Wolves, as well as positive signs like Evans aggressiveness, Aminu's string of solid games, Jrue Holiday's growing comfort in the system, and Anthony Davis ongoing awesomeness. We also talk about not calling timeouts at the end of the game, whether the team is better or worse with Gordon, and why is Brian Roberts playing over Austin Rivers?
Jan 02, 2014
In the NO Podcast Episode 163: Gordon Vs Evans
In our first non-mini Mini podcast, Michael and I break down Evans versus Gordon in a battle royale!  Who goes, who stays, who is better at help defense?  Who is better coming off screens?  Who does Michael think has a higher ceiling? It's all Pelicans Shooting Guards, all the time!  Except for Austin Rivers.  Poor guy always gets left out.
Dec 18, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 162: Jrue Holiday climbing the Ranks
In a week of 2-1 Pelicans basketball, Michael and I love what we're seeing from Jrue Holiday, talk Ryan Anderson's rebounding and mini-shooting slump, and wonder if Eric Gordon deserves to be fed the ball when he's on fire.  We spend a little time comparing Ty Lawson, Jrue Holiday and Mike Conley, wondering who is better overall, and then make predictions for the upcoming pair of games at the start of this roadtrip.
Dec 16, 2013
In the NO Podcast Ep 161: Pelicans struggle With Injuries
Michael and I talk about the devastating effect injuries can have on this team going forward, as well as recap that back-and-forth Dallas game, compare Jason Smith to Collison in the OKC game, and wonder why Amundson gets minutes over withy.  Oh and we try to figure out why Aminu got 31 shots over the last 2 games.  Anyone know the answer?
Dec 09, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 160: Pelicans triple OT and a Broken Hand
Michael and I talk the 3-2 stretch the Pelicans produced, including the injury in New York that made Michael McNamara think fetal positions are good, the hugely entertaining triple OT game in Chicago, and the horrible, horrible San Antonio game. We also spend a lot of time talking about Aminu, rotations, last minute play calls, Tyreke, and the impacts of Anthony Davis.  Plus, I propose a trade you won't want to miss!  Really! Enjoy the podcast!
Dec 03, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 159: Tyreke Evans, Pelican Alpha Guard?
Michael and I talk about Tyreke Evans recovering his form, which of the three guards appears to be the New Orleans alpha Guard, the Closing Five, which lineups are good, which aren't, Brian Roberts losing his minutes to Rivers, and bemoan just how tough the Western Conference is.  Oh, and we also talk obscure stats, preview the Spurs and Warriors, and recap the Utah and Cavalier games.
Nov 25, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 157: Revising expectations - and Please, Monty some threes!
Michael and I talk Pelicans Basketball as Michael revises his expectations for this season downward, I try to argue for more optimism and then I take my turn ranting about the lack of three point attempts.  We do spend some time glorying in Anthony Davis's amazing ability - and a lot of time being down on Tyreke Evans. Enjoy the Podcast.
Nov 11, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 156: Game Recaps and the Kamenetzky Bros on the Lakers
Andy and Brian Kamenetzky of join us to talk the upcoming Lakers games and the state of the mightiest franchise in the NBA. They answer whether Xavier Henry is what we thought he was - which players are keepers in Lakerland, and whether Steve Nash has anything left.  Then Michael and I talk the Memphis and Suns games, defensive breakdowns, over-under, the most impactful Pelican, and 4 seconds of PT for Austin Rivers! Thanks to our great guests Andy and Brian!
Nov 08, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 155: The Pelicans sputtering out of the Gate?
Michael and I get together to talk about the first three games of the season - focusing on what we saw that was good, bad, and Ugly. (Orlando) We spend some time talking about the front court - how bad it looks at times - and what Ryan Anderson means to the team, as well as whether Morrow is the answer - which guard is playing the best, and whether Anthony Davis is going to be the undisputed Alpha Dog on this team, despite only being 20 years old.
Nov 04, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 154: Pelicans Basketball Begins
Gerry V joins Michael and I to bring his coaches eye to what we've seen this off-season.  We ask him about all the usual suspects, if center is going to be a insupperable hole, Rivers or Roberts, Tyreke on or off the ball, and Jrue Holiday running the point.  Then Michael and I talk about the upcoming game against the Pacers, I predict the Pelicans will have a sixth man winner, and Michael and I handicap the Executive of the Year award and if Dell may be in the conversation. Are you ready for some Basketball?
Oct 30, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 153: Western Conference Preview, Part 2!
Michael and I break down the teams they predict will finish at the top of the Western Conference and out of the playoff picture.  Where will the Pelicans land?  Who will be the top seed?  Tune in!
Oct 29, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 152: Monty on the Hot Seat? Team construction?
01:02:51's Amin Elhassan joins Michael and I again to talk about his latest Pelicans articles.  We talk about Monty being able to coach this team and if he might end up on the hot seat, wonder at how good Anthony Davis will be, talk about the parts on this team and if they will work, and ask him if we might have given up on Aminu too early.
Oct 26, 2013
In the NO Episode 151: Western Conference Preview, Part 1
Michael and I break down the teams they predict will finish at the bottom of the Western Conference and out of the playoff picture.  Will either of us list the Pelicans?  I guarantee a few of the picks will surprise you!
Oct 23, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 150: New Orleans Pelicans preparing to fly
Two more games, two more Pelican victories.  The Pelicans continue to lift the expectations of those who watch this team.  It's hard not to feel the hype.  Should you?  Michael and I talk the games, team weaknesses and strengths, whether Brian Roberts has outplayed Rivers for the backup point position, whether Stiemsma will hold his starting slot, and Anthony Davis, Defensive Closer.
Oct 21, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 149: New Orleans Pelicans Rampant
The Pelicans continue their undefeated role behind Anthony Davis.  Michael and I talk about whether we may have sold him short, whether Holiday will take fewer shots, what Austin Rivers may be this year, and spend a lot of time on players like Aminu, Stiemsma, Withey, and Roberts.
Oct 14, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 148: Pelicans Pre-season Basketball and What-IFs
Michael and I talk rotations, Anthony Davis!, Tyreke Evan's ankle, the top 2 what-ifs that are most likely and most unlikely to happen this year, Dell Demps strategy, and Jrue Holiday's turnover woes. Did I mention we get to talk about actual games!  It's Pre-season!
Oct 09, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 147: Larry Coon talks Pelicans future in New Orleans
Larry Coon joins the show to talk about Pelicans basketball - how the league is dealing with small market teams, what the tighter luxury taxes mean to teams in all markets, and gives his take on Dell Demps' strategy of looking for "Young Veterans".   Lots of good stuff here.  Thanks to Larry Coon for coming on!
Oct 01, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 146: Pelicans Basketball Returns!
In our first Podcast of the new Season, we bring on special guest Kevin Pelton to talk projtections for the team.  Will Anthony Davis be the next NBA superstar?  What are the biggest question marks about this team?  Is Tyreke really regressing?  It's all answered here.
Sep 30, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 145: The Pelicans doing their Summer Thang
Michael and I get together to cover everything that's happened over the last month.  The Team USA game, articles bashing the Pelicans summer haul, The Greg Oden chase.  Remaining roster holes.  Estimating a floor/ceiling for the team.  The biggest unknowns left for the squad. Enjoy!
Aug 09, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 144: The Pelicans NBA Summer League Squad
Michael and I talk Summer league!  How is Austin Rivers developing?  Darius Miller?  Do Pierre Jackson and Jeff Withey have what it takes to carve out niches on this Pelicans squad?  Is Brian Roberts the next big thing? All questions we talk about on this podcast - plus Greg Oden, Anthony Morrow, Stiemsma, Jon Brockman, and Anthony Davis.
Jul 16, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 143: Pelicans Free Agency Wrap Up, Part 2
Tom Ziller of Sactown Royalty joins Michael and I to talk Tyreke Evans.  We touch on everything - his defense, open floor acumen, abilities in the Pick and Roll, Isolation talents, whether he hates being a small forward, and if he would willingly take a sixth man role.  Then, Michael and I delve into everything else.  Line-ups, rotations, how players fit next to each other, and why I hate the idea of Ryan Anderson for Asik.  Oh, and we talk about Aminu's new contract, Pierre Jackson, Michael's Mancrush on Jeff Withey, and Austin Rivers as well. Lots o stuff!
Jul 09, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 143: New Orleans Pelicans Free Agency Wrap Up, Part 1
In part 1 of the In the NO wrap up of free agency, Gerry V joins Michael and Ryan to talk about whether the team has filled a lot of those holes that were so glaring last season.  They talk Evans role on the team, trading Asik for Anderson, whether Jrue Holiday is an upgrade on Vasquez, and what Austin Rivers must be thinking now.
Jul 08, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 142: The New Orleans Pelicans Free Agency Targets
Michael and I get together as Free Agency officially begins to talk about the reported prime targets of the New Orleans Pelicans: Kevin Martin, Andre Igoudala, Tyreke Evans and Chase Budinger.  We talk about each, how we feel they'd fit with the team, salary possibilities, and what other free agents we like for the squad. It'll be an exciting few days in Free Agency World.
Jul 01, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 141: Pelicans trade for Jrue Holiday during NBA Draft
Michael and I get together to talk the aftermath of a crazy NBA draft.  We talk Nerlens Noel, the value of that 2014 draft pick, Jrue Holiday and Pierre Jackson.  Then we consider the salary cap implications, what the trade means for Vasquez, what Demps is signalling to all of us about his plans for this team, and whether Gordon and Vasquez can get along. Crazy night!
Jun 28, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 140, Part 2: Amin Elhassan on NBA Draft and Pelicans
Amin Elhassan, former Assistant director of Basketball Operations for the Suns and current ESPN writer joins us to talk about the Draft, some of the players we hate and love, general drafting philosophies and what advanced analytics really means for the NBA. Take a listen, he had me questioning my analysis.  Ah, ignorance, why must you desert me now.
Jun 24, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 140, Part 1: NBA Draft Big Boards for the Pelicans
Michael and I debate our top ten guys - and unsurprisingly, have some pretty big differences.  Particularly, my board is right, and his isn't.  We also talk rumors about McLemore and/or Oladipo falling, Chad Ford not putting anyone into Tier's 1 and 2 in this draft, and generally what we think most of the rumors are that are out there - smoke or fire.
Jun 24, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 139: Gerry V, the NBA Finals, and Pelicans Draft Workouts
Gerry V joins Ryan and Michael to talk about the Finals, what the team can take away from these games, and what they need to be looking for this off-season.  Then Ryan and Michael talk about the workouts that have happened so far, the strange lack of Eric Gordon's name in the team's draft press release, and who we think is on Dell Demp's draft board.
Jun 20, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 138: Otto Porter as a Pelican, the NBA Draft, and Trading the 2014 Pick
Andrew Geiger of joins us to talk about Otto Porter and the New Orleans Pelicans.  Then we start talking the draft prospects of the 6th pick tournament, talk CP3's displeasure with the Clippers, and think about trades with Houston to "help" them land Dwight Howard.  Then we move on to trading the Pelicans' 2014 pick, big men dominating the NBA, and Dell Demps in Europe to see Dario Saric.
Jun 04, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 137: Pelicans' 6th Pick and the 2013 NBA Draft Combine
Michael and I talk the sixth pick of the NBA Draft after I moan and whine about it to start the show.  Then we talk players that could be available for the New Orleans Pelicans, players that could fall, players that could rise, and lastly, who would each of us take at that spot if we were Dell Demps and had no trade offers on the table. And yes, somehow I manage to mention Rudy Gay.  And donkey balls.
May 22, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 136: ClipperBlog, Bucksketball, and Point Guards of the Future
Michael and I are joined by Jeremy Schmidt of 4Bucksketball4 to talk Point Guards! We grill him on Brandon Jennings and Monta Ellis, and Michael can't help but talk about how he always wanted Larry Sanders.  For years.   We get it, Michael.
May 13, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 135: ESPN TrueHoop's Henry Abbott on Lillard v Davis and CP3 a Pelican?
This may be my favorite podcast I've ever recorded.  Michael and I talk CP3 - Michael makes his case for him returning to New Orleans - and where else he could do.  We talk all kinds of prospects, and then we bring on Maestro and Portland Trailblazer Fan to talk Lilliard winning the ROY over Davis, before moving on to talk Hoop Idea, Hack Tactics, the team to fear in the West, and somehow we end up on Rudy Gay. Seriously - if you will only ever listen to In the NO once, listen to this one.
May 05, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 134: Gerry V on Scouting, Anthony Davis, Austin Rivers and Collins
Michael and I are joined by Gerry V to get an insiders glimpse into what the scouting process will be for the Pelicans.  We talk about how to look at prospects, which is harder to coach - offense or defense - and what Davis and Rivers should each be doing this summer to get better.  Stay in New Orleans or seek out high level games?  And last, we touch on Jason Collins announcement. Enjoy!
Apr 30, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 133: The Most Important Offseason in the World
Michael and I get together to set the table for an absolutely vital off-season for the New Orleans Pelicans.  We talk cap space, player contracts, what types of players they can go after, what their lottery odds are and most likely results.  Then we talk about Gordon and Rivers and Davis and how each of them could improve for next year. It's time for the team to keep moving forward, and not just with a new name!
Apr 22, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 132: Pelicans Post-Mortum 3 with Mason Ginsberg and Jason Calmes
Michael and I are joined in our 3rd and final Post-Mortum podcast, first by Mason Ginsberg - whom I challenge on his number one player in his Player Rankings, and then Jason Calmes comes on to talk about the health of the Hornets as a business and what they are doing in the off-season to improve your experience at the games!
Apr 19, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 131: Pelicans Post-Mortum Part 2, with Jake Madison and Andrew Smith
We continue to wrap up our season coverage, talking with Jake Madison about playbook changes that have occurred over the season and bringing on Andrew Smith to talk about the guys in the locker room.  Who is the best to hang out with, best in the locker room?  What do the Hornets need to get to help their existing playbook?  Answers within!
Apr 17, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 130: Pelicans Post-Mortum 1 with James Grayson and Chris Trew
In this, the first of a three part season Moratorium, Ryan and Michael wrap up the last week of games, talk CP3 and Anthony Davis's sprained MCL, take calls about AD playing center and Eric Gordon taking more jumpshots, and then bring on Hornets247 writers James Grayson and Chris Trew to talk trade values and the Rebrand. Part two rolls out Tuesday, but today's podcast is special.  Because it's yours.
Apr 15, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 129: Eric Gordon sets Monty off
Michael and I recap the Jazz and Phoenix games, including getting Michael's eyewitness account of the shouting match between Monty Williams and Eric Gordon on the sidelines in Utah.  Ugly.  Then we talk about the myriad of point guard options that may be available this summer, including Jennings, Marcus Smart, Bledsoe, Rajon Rondo, Trey Burke, etc. Then we preview the upcoming Lakers game and the Hornets Pooperbowl against Sacramento.
Apr 09, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 128: Eric Gordon's production and Rooting for Losses
Michael and I are joined by Michael Pelissier to talk about Eric Gordon, his production this season, and what the team needs to put around him.  Then we recap the loss against Golden State, secretly one of our favorite non-Pelican teams, and I curse at Jarrett Jack.  We then talk Lottery placement, teams we need to worry about, and which teams we should all root for across the association to increase our odds in the lottery before moving on to the games against the fighting for their life Utah Jazz and double-tanking Phoenix Suns.
Apr 05, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 127: Gerry V, the tournament and turning over the Roster
Gerry V joins Michael and I to talk about the team's play over this last homestand, whether there will be more than just three or four hold-overs still on the roster next year, and if he'd prefer to get a lottery pick or a veteran.  Then we talk about CP3 eviscerating Vasquez, Davis getting the better of Griffin, and drool over a Nugget wing or two. Then, Michael talks about the players that changed his opinion of them over the NCAA tournament. Give us a call to sound off! 504-322-3333.
Apr 01, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 125: Draft Prospects, Tiers, and Anthony Davis
Michael and I recap the three losses this week, focusing, as usual, on Davis, Gordon, Vasquez, and Ryan Anderson's virus-caused yack.  Okay, not that last part. Then, we take a great listener question and start talking the Draft!  McLemore, Smart, Porter, Noel - and boy does Michael say something silly about Noel.
Mar 18, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 124: Anthony Davis already best player on the court?
As Anthony Davis continues to get long minutes, Ryan and Michael area already starting to debate wether Skynet is the best player on the floor in each game.  We also talk about Darius Miller's big minutes, Lance Thomas' possible roll as an Rocket Propelled Grenade, whether Eric Gordon and Aminu have checked out - and if Brian Roberts is the new point guard of the future. Cuz you know he is.
Mar 12, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 123: The Collapse, Monty, and The Worst Defensive Play Ever
Michael and I rant about the Lakers game.  And the Orlando Game.  And we present the Worst Defensive Play ever award, after beng given not one, not two, but THREE distinctly awful plays to choose from in that Lakers game.  Then we answer a listener's question about rebuilding models and what path we'd like to see the Hornets take. Last, we talk Memphis and Portland and I get to sneer at Rudy Gay again.  That always makes my day.
Mar 08, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 122: Has the Tank Arrived in New Orleans?
Michael and I recap the week, talking about a close loss to Brooklyn, a tight win over Detroit, and a cringeworthy (or poetry-worthy) game against OKC.  Since these games result in more injuries to the team this week - we start speculating on whether the tank has arrived or not.  Then, we play the game Buy, Sell, or Meh, and then preview the Lakers and Magic game.
Mar 04, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 121: AD Progression
Michael and I discuss the lousy trades that occurred at the deadline, and then spend more time on what those trades mean.  Players staying put probably means they are more likely to hit free agency.  Bingo!  We spend some time rewviewing Anthony Davis and several strong games of his, and then talkk about the 1-3 week and preview the upcoming back to back versus the gently repulsive Brooklyn Nets and Thunder.
Feb 25, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 120: Obi-Wan Lopez and Trade Deadline Extravaganza!
Michael and I talk about the two previous games, preview the upcoming pair to start this week, address Anthony Davis getting boo'ed in the Rising Stars challenge and Ryan Anderson missing out on the final shootout.  Oh, and in between we talk the looming trade deadline, and posit trades involving Gordon, Vasquez, Aminu, Anderson, and Robin "Must Die" Lopez. It'll make sense when you listen.
Feb 18, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 119: Seeking Redemption
Ryan and Michael worry about Anthony Davis's production and the fact he's been the fourth best big man on this team for a few games now.  They also talk Hawks and Raptors, covering some trade targets from the former team and talking trash about Rudy Gay on the second.  Okay, I'm doing that.  Then Ryan tries for some redemption in the All-Star Pick-em Draft after getting absolutely crushed in the Classic Hornets team Draft.  We talk Rondo, Westbrook, Michael is forced to build the most hated team ever, and finally we get to the Detroit and Portland games.  Michael again targets various players for trade/free agency.  Good stuff as always! Sound off and let us know what you think! 504-322-3333.
Feb 11, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 118: Ryan wants to be Devastated
A win!?  We were so excited we got Gerry V to join us to talk Anthony Davis' dwindling minutes, Eric Gordon's dwindling shot numbers, whether the frontcourt needs an upgrade or not, and why Austin Rivers is getting long minutes.  Then we talk the Phoenix game, talk about how badly I was thrashed in the voting for Classic Hornets team, and Michael tells about his crushing encounter with Alonzo Mourning.  Oh, and we preview Atlanta and Toronto, where the team again faces my bête noire, Rudy Gay. Oh, and Community, Star Wars and Game of Thrones.  I must have been feeling my oats mentioning all those things in one podcast. Sound off and let us know what you think! 504-322-3333.
Feb 08, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 117: Anthony Davis and a Vintage Hornets Draft
Michael and I were so disgusted by the last two games we only spend a brief amount of time talking about them before playing a Vintage Hornets Draft game, where we each select a team of classic Hornets and let them go head to head for your votes.  Then, we do a whole bit evaluating Anthony Davis so far, take a couple calls about Nerlens Noel, Jerome Dyson/Brian Roberts and then, for the umpteenth millionth time, mock Phoenix - a team with a better record than ours. Bleh. Sound off and let us know what you think! 504-322-3333.
Feb 04, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 116: Low Minutes and Ranking Vasquez
In this show Michael and I spend long minutes dwelling on the short minutes a lot of the best Hornets players have been getting recently.  Is winning a priority for this team?  Then we take some listener's calls and end up talking a lot of Vasquez, including going through the list of Point Guards in this league and listing all the point guards we would take over Vasquez.Then we talk Nuggets and Wolves.Sound off and let us know what you think! 504-322-3333.
Feb 01, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 114: Lux Tax and Stepping on their Throat
Michael and I talk about the Golden State game and his desire to see the Hornets step on the throat of their enemies, grind them into the dust, and revel in the resulting tears and agony.  Then we talk about Davis's big game, the improving Aminu, and shockingly get to talk about Rivers using adjectives other than terrible, awful, and revolting.  Then we answer a listener's question about the Luxury Tax and this teams flexibility, which inevitably leads to trade talk that involves Josh Smith, Ersan Ilyasova, Wilson Chandler and Rudy.  Of course. We wrap up by previewing Sacramento's unbalanced roster and the exciting (damnit!) San Antonio Spurs. Give us a call! 504-322-3333.
Jan 21, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 113: Playoffs? Is it so Crazy?
Michael and I talk about the recent winning, talk about whether the Playoffs are even a remote possibility, Address Anthony Davis' short playing time, recap the wins in Philly and Boston, address the real non-Gordony reason for the winning, and play which PG do you want: Jrue Holiday or Rajon Rondo.  Then we take some of the messages you've left for us about whether the Hornets should hire an offensive Guru, what they could offer for Kyle Lowry, and last, we answer two questions about the Draft, Draft, Draft!  Oh, I love the draft.   In particular we do our favorite college players, talk about best fits, and mention players you should look for. Oh, and then we preview the Warriors. Give us a call! 504-322-3333.
Jan 18, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 112: The Streak Ends
Ryan and Michael tackle the streak, Austin Rivers extremely limited playing time, Debate Carmelo Anthony's impact on the game, Anthony Davis's energy levels, Vasquez and Gordon (as usual), preview the upcoming Philly and Boston games, and then play would you-wouldn't you on some trade ideas.  Of course one of the trades has Rudy Gay in it, and Michael can burn in hell.
Jan 14, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 111: Is the Win Streak sustainable?
The Hornets have a three game winning streak, and Ryan and Michael talk about whether it is entirely Eric Gordon that is spurring this run.  Then we talk advanced stats, having Lopez and Vasquez around the carry the scoring load, marvel at Aminu's good and bad qualities, talk most successful Hornets lineups, recap Spurs-Houston, and then preview Wolves-Knicks. Have something to say? Sound off by calling 504-322-3333.
Jan 11, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 110: Look Gerry V, a Win!
Gerry V joins us to talk about the Hornets with Eric Gordon.  We get his thoughts on Aminu playing again, what Gordon being around means for Vasquez, Anthony Davis' struggles, and what to watch for in the upcoming weeks.  Then Michael and I talk the Dallas game, Michael has a new theory on Vasquez, proposes a trade that includes Ryan Anderson, gets yelled at about Rudy Gay, and then we preview the Spurs and Rockets games.
Jan 07, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 109: Austin Rivers!
Kevin Pelton of the Basketball Prospectus and joins us to talk about Austin Rivers and whether he's having the worst season of all time.  Then we bombard him with other questions, hoping he'll tell us it ain't so.  Afterwards, we talk more Austin Rivers, the two Hornets losses this week, the upcoming Dallas Game, Anthony Davis, and discuss whether this team is soft. Do you think the team is soft?
Jan 04, 2013
In the NO Podcast Episode 108: Eric Gordon!
Michael and I talk about Grievis Vasquez, Austin Rivers, the Weather, Dungeons and Dragons . . . aw, who am I kidding?  We talk Eric Gordon!  And recap the other games and preview the next two. Eric Gordon!
Dec 31, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 107: A Gordon for Christmas
Michael and I talk the last two games, including that horrible Pacers collapse, we address whether we feel Anthony Davis is a top 50 player today, address a few of Michael's Trade ideas, talk Demarcus Cousins, Eric Gordon and the dreaded Microfracture Surgery rumors, and then preview the upcoming week's games. Happy Holidays everyone!
Dec 24, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 106: Anthony Davis and Eric Gordon
Michael and I recap the last two games, and now that Anthony Davis is playing, we get to start talking about Anthony Davis and what he's doing right and wrong on the court.  Yay!  Then we address the trademarked alter-Pelican names, Eric Gordon, whether this team will be any good when Gordon starts playing, and then Preview Spurs-Pacers this weekend.
Dec 21, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 105: Is Vasquez Selfish?
Michael and I spend a lot of time talking about Vasquez, his game, his numbers, and his possible impact on Austin Rivers development going forward.  Then Michael calls out Anthony Davis, we take turns calling out every player on this team that spends time at small forward, trash the team's defense, and stare dreamily at Ryan Anderson. I'm growing a beard to be just like him.  Except fat.  And not 6'9".  Or able to shoot.  Or rich.  But other than that, exactly like him.
Dec 17, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 104: Trade Extravaganza!
Michael and I recap the last two games and then get right to your calls about trades!  December 15th is the day many players will become trade eligible, and we look at various offers and proposals, make our own, and generally talk about what sort of teams the Hornets should be targeting to make trades.  Gordon, Aminu, Vasquez, Lopez - they are all on the table. Oh, and I apologize to Brian Roberts.
Dec 13, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 103: Austin Rivers and Taking your Calls
Michael and I review the last two games, answer some of your questions sent in on our new hotline, and then preview the Wizards and Thunder. (again)  Oh, and Anthony Davis is coming back this week!
Dec 10, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 102: Pelicans will eat your ducklings
Michael and I talk about the Pelicans, Austin Rivers, drool over Brandon Jennings, review the Bucks and Lakers games and preview the Grizzlies and Heat. If you want to sound off, give us a call!  We may use it in our next podcast!  504-322-3333.
Dec 07, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 101: Gerry V and a Stats Ambush
Gerry V joins Michael and I to give incisive analysis on this team.  He touches on Amin, Lopez, Vasquez, Rivers, Roberts and Anderson, as well as addressesing the team weaknesses, why the Hornets struggle to rebound the ball, and gives advice as to what to watch for as this team tries to learn and grow. Then, Michael and I talk the Jazz and Thunder games, preview the Bucks and Lakers, and I Stats Ambush Michael with a set of advanced stats - who is the the least impactful player this season?  Most impactful?  Who impacts the Hornets shooting the most?  The answers will surprise you.
Dec 03, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 100: Jason Smith and beating the Clips
Jason Smith joins us for the 100th In the NO Podcast to talk about how he developed his game, his relationship with the coaches. a solution to him getting smacked in the face all the time, and I try twice to get him to toss Monty Williams under the bus. Then we talk beating the Clippers. Thank all of you for all your support.  100 episodes.  Who would have thought?
Nov 28, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 99: Talking Thunder Rebuild with The Daily Thunder
Royce Young of the DailyThunder ESPN Truehoop blog joins us to talk about how the Thunder built themselves a contender on the back of draft picks and young players.  Then the guys talk about what they've seen over the last four games, worry about Anthony Davis - and then preview the Clippers and Jazz.
Nov 26, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 98: Talking Eric Gordon and the Suns with Valley of the Suns
Michael Schwartz of the Valley of the Suns blog and joins us to talk about Eric Gordon and his team going into the game between Phoenix and New Orleans on Friday.  His offer for Gordon was really good.  If we could actually trade him to them. Sigh.
Nov 22, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 97: Red Hot Shooting
Michael and I break down the OKC and Milwaukee games, lament the horrible turnover and perimeter shooting issues, address the rage directed at Austin Rivers, and then preview the games against New York and the Indiana Pacers.  That's a pair of teams that look very different this year.
Nov 19, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 96: Bucksketball and Brandon Jennings?
Michael and I are joined by Jeremy Schmidt of Bucksketball to talk about the 5-2 Milwaukee squad the Hornets play against Saturday which also has a pair of guards Hornets fans may be eyeballing for their own squad.  Then we break down the Houston Game, Michael tries to call me out, We actually somehow get into an argument about the importance of that inane Matt Carroll - Hakim Warrick Trade, and then we preview the Thunder.
Nov 16, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 95: CBA guru Larry Coon on Aminu, Gordon and Smith
Michael and I are joined for the first part of the podcast by Larry Coon, CBA Master and writer for  He talks about what options the Hornets have for retaining Al-Farouq Aminu, whether the Hornets can Nick Collision-ise Jason Smith, and weighs in on Eric Gordon's situation. Then the two of us tackle what we saw in the Charlotte game, talk Davis, Anderson and Brian Roberts, and preview the upcoming battle in Houston. 
Nov 12, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 94: Gordon goes to LA, leaves no guards behind?
Michael and I come at you from the closing minutes of the Philly game.   We talk about what we saw in that game, talk about the news that Eric Gordon is going to LA to ahem . . . rehab, and then preview the Charlote Game.  We even begin speculating on what Eric Gordon is worth on the trade market!  Trade talk!  Yay?
Nov 08, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 93: Gerry V and Michael will not Apologize
Michael and I are joined for the first part of the podcast by the excellent Gerry V, who breaks down what he saw from Vasquez, Rivers, Davis, Smith, Lopez and Aminu for us.  Michael and I then continue to review the week, talk all about Eric Gordon, and then preview the upcoming game. It's been a great first week.  Re-live it!
Nov 05, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 92: Talking Spurs with Graydon Gordian
Michael and I are joined by Graydon Gordian of 48 minutes of Hell to talk about the Season Opener and what to expect from the Spurs in the future and for this game.  Great way to start the day - preparing for tonight!
Oct 31, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 89: Preseason Observations and Vasquez starting?
Michael and I talk about this weeks three games, whether Vasquez is at risk to lose his starting gig, and pretty much come up with the list of players who have probably already played themselves out of the rotation. We then preview the Houston Rockets and Phoenix Suns for you and last, engage in some future speculation about players the Hornets may want to pursue.
Oct 15, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 88: Observations, Ayon and Gordon's Knee
Michael and I talk about what we saw in the Hornets first pre-season game - what mattered, what didn't, and was that a hook shot from Robin Lopez or a MLB pitch at the rim?  Then we chat about Ayon and the guy who didn't play a minute for the Hornets.  No, not Hakim Warrick!  Eric Gordon.
Oct 08, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 87: Special Guest David Wesley
Michael and I are joined by former Hornet and current member of the Hornets Broadcast booth David Wesley!  We get to talk to him about adapting to the broadcasting booth, whether veteran mentors are really veteran mentors, what should Austin Rivers be doing to transition to point guard like Wesley did, push him into trying to pick a starting five today, and generally have a great conversation.  Don't miss this one!
Oct 05, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 86: Training Camps Open
Michael and I talk about what each of us feel is the biggest question we want to see answered this upcoming season.  Then, we continue our march through the Western Conference, evaluating the Portland Trailblazers and Minnesota Timberwolves in the upcoming playoff chase. We close with news around the NBA.  It's good to have basketball back!
Oct 01, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 85: NBA Rank, Warriors, and Kings
With less than two weeks until training camp, Michael and I return to talk NBA Rank at and the stark drop off between the Hornets Top Trio and the rest of the guys - as well as talk about whether we think the guys were judged fairly or unfairly. Welcome back to In the NO!
Sep 24, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 84: Projecting the Hornets with the Basketball Prospectus
Michael and I are joined by Bradford Doolittle of the Basketball Prospectus and Over the past month, Brad has written several articles (like this one) analyzing the Hornets, and we thought he'd be a great guest to talk about projections for the future. Oh, and his system is down on Austin Rivers.  So Michael and I can glare and grizzle over that a bit more. Good times!
Aug 26, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 83: Henry Abbott, HoopIdea, and Monty Williams Extension
Michael and I are joined by none other than Henry Abbott of Truehoop to talk about HoopIdea,  Flopping and CP3, Boring Free Throws, Competitive balance, big Markets, Small Markets, and Markets that go "Wee Wee Wee" all the way home. Oh, then we talk the Monty Extension, the Demps extension(?) and Brian Roberts.  Please visit our sponsor, audible at and download your free audiobook today!
Aug 20, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 82: Gerry V talks Hornets
Special Guest Gerry V swings by to talk Hornets with Michael and I.  We address the point guard position - what is a point guard - what position Anthony Davis plays, expectations and timelines for the team, and Gerry talks coaching philosphies. It's a good one folks, have a listen!
Aug 13, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 81: Do you trust in Demps?
In this episode Michael and I welcome Roger Mason to the team, talk about what we expect from him, and how worried we are about the Hornets wing players.  Oh, and then we talk Dell Demps and Monty Williams.  Should the Hornets extend them, and at what price?
Aug 06, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 80: Robin Lopez and Ryan Anderson
In this episode, we talk about the Robin Lopez and Hakim Warrick acquisition, what that means for starting line-ups and Anthony Davis.  Oh, and I was poetic about the beauty that is Ryan Anderson.
Jul 30, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 79: Hindsight Rules
Sorry the podcast was late!  I would blame Star Wars: The Old Republic, but that would be lame of me. Hope you enjoy the podcast!  We recorded it Sunday night, so no discussion of the off-on Lopez trade.  That will come this Sunday.  Instead, we talk about the moves Demps did, and wonder if we could have improved on them.
Jul 26, 2012
In the NO Podcasst Episode 77: Young Bucks in Action
Davis takes the court for Team USA, Gordon comes back for the Max, and Austin Rivers tries his hand as a point guard for the first time.  Lots to talk about. HOWEVER!  If you like this podcast, please, please go to this link and do a favor.  Fill out the survey so we can get ourselves a podcast sponsor and bring even more of the coverage you all enjoy. So, Go! Thanks.
Jul 17, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 76: Anderson and Gordon
Some momentous events this week as Al-Farouq Aminu led Nigeria to the Olympics!  Oh, and the Hornets sign and traded for some quasi-all-star Ryan Anderson.  And Eric Gordon said things that made people mad. Really mad. We talk about it all!
Jul 09, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 75: Free Agent Extravaganza!
Free Agency started today and Michael and I talk Eric Gordon, the trade rumors around him, and then address all the other potential free agents that are floating out around there.  Plus . . . Batum?!?  For that much?  Really?
Jul 02, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 74: D-day Wrap-up
D(avis) Day is here!  Michael and I recap the draft, argue about Austin Rivers for entirely too much time, talk about Darius Miller, and then try to figure out what this draft means for players like Belinelli, Aminu and Henry, and debate the potency of the Hornets backcourt.
Jun 29, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 73: The Big Day Approaches
Michael and I present to you our Big Boards - the prospects as we see them - and fully expect mountains of vitriol to be heaped upon us.  You hear us Lillardians?  We are not afraid of you!!! We close with a few potential trades that seem to be out there (Deng or Noah or Houston's picks) and give some thoughts on the the type of free agents we'd like to see brought in based on players taken in the draft at 10. 3 more days!
Jun 25, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 72: Farewell to OkAriza
Michael and I talk about the big trade that sent Okafor and Ariza to the Wizards and what it means for the Hornets, short and long term, and if it impacts their draft at all. Exciting times in the NO.
Jun 21, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 71: What do you want for 10?
Michael and I talk about trades involving the tenth pick.   What we want in return for it, what picks we could get for players like J-Smitty and Ayon, and what sort of players will be available later in the first round.   8 Days until the draft!
Jun 20, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 70: The 10th Pick Tourney Continues
Michael and I are joined by Mike Schmitz of and ESPN Truehoop's Valley of the Suns to talk about the prospects the Hornets could be picking at number 10.  if you haven't seen his work - go check it out. Then, afterwards, we discuss Michael's suggestion of CP3 returning - who to try and cherry pick from the Thunder, and then Michael starts a new game, "What scares you most!?"  It may be as lame as you think it is.
Jun 11, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 69, Dude: A cagey front office
Michael and I talk about how the front office won't say they are taking Anthony Davis - and then we talk about all the people they could possibly take at 10.  Michael gets heated about Kendall Marshall and Austin Rivers, and I still have a man-crush on Sullinger but have a a few other guys I wouldn't mind seeing in creole blue.
Jun 05, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 68: A winner is us
Michael and I react giddily to the news the Hornets won the first pick of the NBA Draft and the rights to draft Anthony Davis out of Kentucky.  He's a Gamechanger, folks.  We talk all kinds of impacts. New Owners, New Star, possible new Name.  Pack the hive and show the rest of the NBA how its done.  525-hoop.  I'm betting those season tickets are going fast.
May 31, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 67: All Eric Gordon
Ryan and Michael talk Eric Gordon.  Lots of Eric Gordon.  They talk his trade value, his injury history and what it might mean, they trade him, they don't trade him, he signs for millions or just the qualifying offer.  They try to predict where he'll be next year.  If Eric Gordon is on your mind, this is the place to be.
May 21, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 66: Special Guest David Thorpe weighing the young guys
Special Guest David Thorpe - NBA trainer, coach, and writer from - joins Michael and I to talk the young players on this team - what they need to do to grow, what they should and can focus on, and talks other young guys in the draft.  He also seems to proscribe a trip to France to lose weight and weighs in on Eric Gordon. This one is a good one guys.
May 12, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 65: Kentucky or UNC?
With a good eight members of the fourteen lottery slots in this comnig draft likely to be filled by players from Kentucky and UNC, Michael arranged for bloggers covering those teams to come on and walk us through each of those potential lottery picks and their strengths and weaknesses. Our first guest is Glenn Logan of, who adresses all our questions about the unibrow, Kidd-Gilchrist, Terrance Jones and Marquis Teague Our second guest is Brian Barbour of, who answers questions about Harrison Barnes, Tyler Zeller, John Henson and Kendall Marshall. It's a monster blog.  Hope you enjoy it!
May 07, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 64: Part 2
Michael and I record a two-part podcast for your listening pleasure. In part 2, we roleplay.  Michael is Dell Demps, I am Monty Williams.  We decide which players should go and which should stay after talking about each of the players in depth.
Apr 30, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 64: Part 1
Michael and I record a two-part podcast for your listening pleasure. In part 1, we talk the end of the season, lottery odds, Point-Counterpoint about Eric Gordon playing in the Olympics, and because we can't stop ourselves, a little about the players in the draft.
Apr 30, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 63: Charlotte, AFA and drafting a keeper
Michael and I talk about the week that was, reminisce about one of the worst basketball games they've ever seen, and then Michael brings up just how often players drafted by their own team get a second contract from that team.  The answer will surprise you.  I know I was.
Apr 23, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 62: What's with all the Winning?
After taking a week off for Easter, Michael and I have the bizarre experience of reviewing a record of 5-2 for the team?  Freakish - and alarming!  We also talk Aminu's improvement, Ayon's regression, Gordon's contract, Ariza's benching, and Monty Williams calling Marco a Beast and "Everything he wants this team to be."  Wow.
Apr 16, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 61: The Unibrow Show
Okay, Michael and I don't actually spend the entire show talking about Anthony Davis and his mystical unibrow, but we do have a really hard time not bringing him up as we talk about the current cieling for the Hornets roster, me getting lambasted for the Giving everything and losing article, Eric Gordon, the Golden State Win, being Dell Demps, etc, etc.
Apr 02, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 60: Get Tossed like Smith
Michael and I talk Jason Smith and his suspension, CP3's homecoming, point out just how bad the starting line-up the Hornets trotted out against San Antonio, play a little game of "Who will be on the roster on opening night 2013", and THEN talk about the draft as the March Madness tournament resolves itself and Michael lets you in on a rumor he's heard about why Jared Sullinger's stock may be falling.  I listen in disbelief.  
Mar 26, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 59: Leases and No trades
Ryan and Michael talk about the disappointments and impact to the league by the trade deadline, Jason Calmes joins the guys to talk about the new Lease proposal working it's way through the legislature, and Michael McNamara just can't abide winning.  Stupid New Jersey Nets and Deron Williams.  Will sourpuss Deron ever stop being a thorn in our side?
Mar 19, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 58: Minnesota's Pick
Ryan and Michael spend a good bit of time talking about Rubio's injury and what impact it may have on the league standings the Hornets' second first-rounder.  Then, they talk Kaman's value to the team, predict which games may be wins during this week's slate of games against patsies, and make a prediction for results of the trade deadline. Oh, and as for the picture - sometimes my inspiration fails me.  So this time, I turned to cute wolf puppies.  Aren't they soooo cute?
Mar 12, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 57: Trade Extravaganza Part II
Part II of the trade extravaganza.
Mar 05, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 56: Trade Extravaganza Part 1!
Michael and I are joined by James Grayson to talk about Trades!  We take your trades, our trades, and the national media's trades and talk them up.  In this first part of the Trade Extravanganza, we address a silly trade or two, talk about some of the trades put forth by the national media, and then move on to trades proposed by you or us.
Mar 05, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 55: The Value of a Bench Player
Michael and I talk about the strong showing by this team, talk about ownership and the announcement made by David Stern this weekend, and talk about how they really feel about finding 'the point guard of the future.' Last, we ask you for your trade ideas for the next week podcasts.  It'll be a Trade Extravaganza!  Mail them to (or 
Feb 27, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 54: Don't watch the Draft Lottery
We invite NBC Sports ProBasketballTalk writer and CavsTheBlog founder John Krolik on to talk about the Cavs and what they went through last year and what he did to help the Cavs win the lottery. Then, Michael and I play "Starter Quality or Not" with Gustavo Ayon, Vasquez, Aminu, and Xavier Henry and then talk about trading Draft Picks we haven't even been assigned yet.  Speculation rules.
Feb 20, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 53: Hornets' President Hugh Weber Interview
Hornets' President Hugh Weber joins Ryan Schwan and Jason Calmes on the In the NO Podcast, addressing topics in the following order: Attendance and the I'm In campaign Timetable for Ownership and a new Lease Agreement (The want ownership and Gordon back for renewal drive) Primary Hornets' considerations for the new TV Deal Engaging Local Businesses and the difference between our business owners and other cities. The mass House Cleaning two summers ago - what was the impetus? Difference between having the NBA as an owner and having a traditional owner. What happened with that Lakers trade? New Media, twitter, Brad Pitt as GM, Moneyball and trading for Dwight Howard. I want to thank Hugh for his time, and you should take the time to listen.
Feb 14, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 52: Flying Basketball Players and other Inanities
Michael and I talk about the Hornets and their losing ways, Gustavo Ayon, Ariza playing too damn much, and then are joined by Jason Calmes as Michael rants about life, liberty, and the pursuit of flying basketball players.
Feb 13, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 51: Any Regrets?
Michael and I talk about Kaman returning to the team, (NOOOOO!!) How many of our starters would make  good eighth, seventh, or even sixth men on a decent squad, and then review Dealer Dell's trades (Bayless, Thornton, Aminu, Collison) and see if there are any lingering regrets. Then, in the biggest shocker of the month, Michael predicts a win for the Hornets.  Crazy cat.
Feb 05, 2012
In the NO Episode 50: Gordon, Kaman and Bold Predictions
Michael and I share a precious moment anniversary as we work through our fiftieth podcast about the Hornets.  We talk about the Gordon extension that wasn't, the Kaman trade that is to be, and each make 3 bold, bold, BOLD predictions about this team involving Aminu, Ariza, Anthony Davis, and the Tumblewolves. Oh, and Gustavo Ayon rocks.
Jan 30, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 49: Rotations
Michael and I talk rotations, I get foul-mouthed about Jack, though probably not in the way you are expecting, we make a wager, and Michael shills for a sponsor in the most pathetic way possible. I am much to dignified to do something like that.  Now, excuse me while I eat some Tostitos corn chips.  They are soooo yummy.
Jan 23, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 48: Looking for a Favorite Player
Michael and I talk about the week of games, the week to come, more draft, and more thinking towards the future.  Oh, and I fail to ambush Michael not once, as "Mikestrodamus" proves unflappable.  Whatever. Next time I'll ask him about Star Trek.  Dude probably doesn't know the difference between a Betazoid and a Bajoran.  Loser.
Jan 16, 2012
In the NO Episode 47: Into the Garbage Chute
Ryan and Michael discuss the first two weeks of the season, what we like, what we don't like.  Inevitably, talk turns to the future, a little about the draft, and where they think the Timberwolves will finish the season.  Playoffs or not?  Listen, and give us your thoughts!
Jan 09, 2012
In the NO Podcast Episode 46: Season Preview
Ryan and Michael elaborate on their season previews.  You'll probably hate my pessimism.  Michael tries to set me straight though. Fools.  i cannot be swayed!
Dec 25, 2011
In the NO Podcast Episode 45: Assets!
Ryan and Michael bring on Breene Murphy of the ClipperBlog and Zach Harper of ESPN's Daily Dime Live and to talk about the assets the Hornets got in the Chris Paul Trade.
Dec 24, 2011
In the NO Podcast Episode 44: It's the End of the World as we know it . . .
And I feel fine. So does Michael.  Do you?  Ryan and Michael talk the trade that wasn't, the trade that was, the moves that could be, and the future chance at greatness for the team.  They also talk about David West leaving, and some of the more inflammatory comments he made once he arrived in Indiana.  Michael Cries.  Or does he?  You should listen to find out.
Dec 15, 2011
In the NO Podcast: Trading Paul for a Christmas Present
Yeah.  Michael tries to talk about boring crap like TJ Ford and Chuck Hayes, but I put his nose to the grindstone and get talking about when the Hornets trade Chris Paul and what sort of surprise package we can expect for him.  I'm hoping for a Lego Castle set.
Dec 08, 2011
In the NO Podcast Episode 42: Chris Paul, Chris Paul, Chris Paul
The guys talk about Chris Paul, whether he'll stay or go - and what to try to get for him if he goes.  Oh, and we try to apportion blame for the fact the Hornets have had a megastar for 7 years, and have generally failed to contend. I blame McNamara.
Dec 02, 2011
In the NO Podcast Episode 41: Free Agents!
After having dismissed half the Hornets Free Agents back to the obscurity of the open market, Ryan and Michael McNamara express their hopes for free agency.  Or distaste.  En route, they give you what they'd like to see on the team if Paul is around - and what they'd like to see if Paul walks out that door.
Dec 01, 2011
In the NO Podcast Episode 40: Competing General Managers
Jason Calmes hosts as Ryan and Michael play competing Hornets GMs, deciding which of the Hornets own free agents they would extend an offer to and which they would send packing.  Will either of them give David West some love?
Nov 30, 2011
In the NO Podcast Episode 39: Ownership, Tickets, and Staying Put
Ryan, Jason and Michael talk about ownership issues, profitability, and other issues that impact the Hornets staying in New Orleans.  It's odd how good the Hornets seem to look despite all their "issues".
Nov 29, 2011
In the NO Podcast Episode 38: Loving the CBA in all the wrong places
The guys return for the 2011-2012 season as the CBA is tentatively agreed on.  Ryan, Michael and special guest Jason Calmes sink their teeth into the CBA, talk about how it impacts the boys in Creole Blue and the rest of the league.  Also, prepare to be disgusted by Michael.  Like usual.
Nov 28, 2011
In the NO Podcast Episode 37: Building a New Hornets Team
Ryan and Michael put together the off-seasons that each want to see from the Hornets, trading, signing, and each attempting to improve the team.  Bask in their mad GM skills - - or mock them.  Either works for us. Enjoy!
Jul 10, 2011
In the NO Podcast Episode 36: The Other Guy
In a few weeks - or possibly a year if the CBA negotiations suck as hard as we expect it too, there will be teams offering David West the sun, the moon, the stars, and to be his baby momma if he so desires.  Tonight, we talk with Jared Wade of the Truehoop Network's Pacers Blog 8 points, 9 seconds, as the Pacers are one of a small set of teams that aren't likely to be terrible next year, need a power forward, and have money to throw at Fluffy. We'll also catch up about James Posey and some cat named Collison. Enjoy!
Jul 01, 2011
In the No Podcast Episode 35, Part 3: I love feeling the Draft
In the third and final part of the Podcast recorded on the 20th, Michael and Ryan talk draft, draft, draft.  Oh, and trades.  And some draft.  And some draft-related trades.  And some trade-related drafting. I love the draft.
Jun 22, 2011
In the NO Podcast Episode 35: Part 2
Ryan and Michael talk about the CBA, which players are most likely to go, which will stay, and spend a bunch of time on David West and his ability to opt out.
Jun 21, 2011
In the NO Podcast Episode 35: Daddy Issues and the League
In part 1 of the June 20th Podcast, Michael McNamara espouses a pet theory, the guys talk about LeBron and the playoffs, and discuss in general what might actually be Parity in the NBA.  For those who spend a lot of money.
Jun 21, 2011
In the NO Podcast Episode 34: Looking Forward
Ryan and Michael talk about the roster, what players should or shouldn't stick around, how to handle West and Landry, express their hopes for the team, and Ryan goes all downer and almost makes Michael want to cry. Really. Enjoy!
May 06, 2011
In the NO Episode 33: Breaking out the Red Ink
In part 1 of their Season Review Podcast, Michael and Ryan talk the last two games of the series and then review the players play over the course of the season, discuss their futures with the team, and break out the red ink to give grades to each of them. You will enjoy this episode, or we'll give you an "F".
May 04, 2011
In the NO Podcast Episode 32: Wonky!
Michael and Ryan talk about how wonky this first round matchup has been.  Freakishly, Awesomely Wonky.  We also play "Exposed, Acceptable." Enjoy the Podcast, hopefully as much as you enjoyed game 4.
Apr 26, 2011
In the NO Podcast Episode 31: Interview with the Land O Lakers
In a special edition of the In the NO Podcast, Ryan and Michael are joined by Andy Kamenetsky of the Land O Lakers blog at ESPNLA.  Andy answers questions about Gasol, the Lakers bench, Trevor Ariza, and how confident the Lakers fans are that they will still win this series.  Good times. Enjoy!
Apr 19, 2011
In the NO Episode 30: Chris Paul will eat your Soul
Michael and Ryan dissect the Hornets win over the Lakers in Los Angeles.  They are probably smug, insufferable, and you really want to listen and feel good about your team. Woooooo!
Apr 18, 2011