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The New Orleans Pelicans want to return to the Smoothie King Center, where they had one of the most successful seasons in franchise history last season. They defeated the Dallas Mavericks in the first round before losing seven games to the San Antonio Spurs in a conference semifinal. The Hornets made the playoffs for the third year in a row, but had to move from New York to Oklahoma City due to a lack of interest from the NBA's top team.
The facility was known as Heinemann Park, but was renamed Pelican Stadium after the Smoothie King Center opened in the early 1990s. They played the first four years of their existence at City Park Stadium (now Tad Gormley Stadium). In 2000, the name changed to "Pelican Stadium" after a move to the new home of basketball for the New Orleans Pelicans.
Other well-known Pelican managers include Larry Gilbert and Abner Powell, who are credited with introducing the perforated raincheck in 1889. The Pelicans' name resurfaced during the 1977 season, when A.Ray Smith moved the Triple-A Tulsa Oilers to New Orleans to play in the Superdome. After the Hornets were acquired, the team changed its name to Pelicans for the 1978-79 and 1979-80 seasons.
During the 1908 season, the team moved to Pelican Park, located at the corner of South Carrollton Avenue and South Claiborne Street in New Orleans. In 1914, a mule team was moved from South and Carrolltons Avenue to the wooden grandstands of Pelicans Park. After they had a new arena, they moved back to New York City for the 1915-16 season and then moved back to New York. Orleans in 1916-17, this time for two seasons.
The team struggled in the early 1990s, when it assembled players from the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox over a three-year period. Tony La Russa was a reserve player and played most of his games in the second team. After bringing Glen Rice into the team, they started a successful 1999-2000 season, propelled by guard Baron Davis, and made it to the playoffs four times without getting past the second round. They returned in 2007-08 and won the Southwest Division for the first time in franchise history, led by former first-round draft pick and future Hall of Famer Mark McGwire.
He was also a member of the New York Yankees, Chicago Cubs and Boston Red Sox from 1993 to 2000 and holds a PhD in Sports Medicine from the University of California, San Diego. He received the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) He has also been an assistant professor of sports medicine at the College of Veterinary Medicine in New Orleans since 1993.
After completing his bachelor's degree in sports performance and injury prevention, he earned a master's degree from the California University of Pennsylvania. He earned his bachelor's degree in sports medicine from Indiana University in Indiana and his doctorate in veterinary medicine from the College of Veterinary Medicine in New Orleans. In 2017, he received the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Award of Excellence for his services to sports medicine. During his stay in Indiana, Williams received an honorary doctorate in sports medicine from Indiana State University School of Medicine and a Bachelor of Science in sports medicine.
The prominent Pelicans include former players Joe Johnson, Alonzo Gee, Joe Dumars, Jerryd Bayless, Bob Cousy, John Stockton, Markieff Morris, Robert Horry, Bobby Portis, Steve Nash and the Bobcats.
Tom Maystadt will return to the Pelicans in 2019 as athletic director, having previously been assistant coach and head coach of the New Orleans Pelicans for 10 seasons. Aaron worked as an assistant coach with the Phoenix Suns for two seasons before leaving the team and taking his first full-time job as head coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. He also spent two seasons as head coach with the New York Knicks, New Jersey Nets and New England Patriots.
In spring 2010, Nelson was appointed by Arizona's former governor Jan Brewer to the Arizona State University Board of Regents, where he served his first two years before retiring in 2015. Montgomery previously served as athletic director at the University of Arizona from March 2018 to November 2020. He is a student athletic coach and has served as an assistant coach in the men's and women's basketball programs in Arizona and the U.S. Army.
Prior to joining the club, Jana worked as an intern and then as a season coach for the LA Sparks' WNBA team for eight years. She has worked primarily with track and field athletes and Paralympic athletes and was a member of the US Olympic Athletics Team, where she supported the team's training camp and the Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Olympics. Nelson was a member of the US National Team Athletics Development Program from summer 2011 to summer 2014. He received his bachelor's degree in sports medicine from the University of Arizona and his master's degree in sports medicine from Arizona State University.