NBA Draft

New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton, left with back facing camera, greets NBA basketball New Orleans Pelicans draft picks Zion Williamson, left, Jaxson Hayes, center, and head coach Alvin Gentry during training camp at their NFL football training facility in Metairie, La., Friday, July 26, 2019. With them are Saints general manager Mickey Loomis, center with back to camera, and former Saints head coach Jim Mora, right. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
July 29, 2019 - 8:15 pm
METAIRIE, La. (AP) — Saints coach Sean Payton says Zion Williamson's athleticism and physical stature would make the Pelicans rookie and top NBA draft choice an intriguing NFL prospect at a handful of positions, starting with the defensive line or tight end. But Williamson is making a case for...
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June 21, 2019 - 1:51 pm
It was a coronation 38 days in the making. Tonight, it became official. Zion Williamson is a New Orleans Pelican.
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June 21, 2019 - 9:59 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Zion Williamson plays with force and ferocity, a Hulk in hightops who looks as though he’d never show a soft side. Draft night proved otherwise. Williamson was the No. 1 pick of the New Orleans Pelicans — a surprise to nobody who watched basketball this past season. But afterward he...
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June 20, 2019 - 9:41 am
NEW YORK (AP) — Zion Williamson smiled his way through nearly half an hour of questions, trying to portray himself like any player just hoping to be drafted. Suddenly, a tall, thin newcomer pushed his way to the front of the shoulder-to-shoulder swarm surrounding Williamson and shot down that idea...
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June 19, 2019 - 12:29 pm
Tomorrow's NBA Draft will be a big night for the New Orleans Pelicans, which is expected to follow up its blockbuster trade with the L.A. Lakers by selecting Duke University phenom Zion Williamson with the #1 overall pick. And to celebrate, for one day only, in one location only, Popeyes is...
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May 16, 2019 - 2:31 pm
CHICAGO (AP) — Ja Morant is not taking part in the games portion of the draft combine that opens Thursday. That's not uncommon for players who are expected to be among the top picks in the NBA draft, and it's widely projected already that the former Murray State guard could go No. 2 overall in the...
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David Griffin, New Orleans Pelicans Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations, gets a hug from head coach Alvin Gentry after it was announced that their team had won the first pick during the NBA basketball draft lottery Tuesday, May 14, 2019, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nuccio DiNuzzo)
May 15, 2019 - 6:06 pm
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — In the NBA city most familiar with "gris-gris," folks see no small measure of poetic justice in the fact that their team will dictate the fate of a coveted prospect named Zion. Mystical explanations aside, the Pelicans are in the driver's seat now — but say they're in no hurry to...
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Zion Williamson of Duke lets out a yell on the court during the 2018-19 season.
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May 15, 2019 - 3:02 pm
( 97.1 The Ticket ) When the New Orleans Pelicans won the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, it appeared presumptive No. 1 pick Zion Williamson expressed a bit of disappointment. One report said Williamson wanted to go to the New York Knicks . If Williamson doesn't want to play in New Orleans, he...
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