King Cake Baby returns to horrify Pelicans fans


The New Orleans Pelicans seem to be intent on building their new brand by creeping fans out. At the start of the season, they introduced their weird looking mascot Pierre the Pelican. He later “broke his nose,” but we won’t get into that. On Monday night, the Pelicans brought back the ultimate nightmare machine — King Cake Baby.

King Cake Baby is one of three seasonal mascots — along with The King and The Jester — that the Pelicans roll out when Mardi Gras gets close.

As Ball Don’t Lie noted, a king cake is a seasonal food that typically has a small, plastic representative of baby Jesus hidden inside. King Cake Baby proves that we would all be best off if the representation remained a small figurine and not a terrifying giant baby.

Sleep tight, everyone.

Photo: Instagram/Arash Markazi

New Orleans Pelicans unveil their creepy mascot Pierre


The New Orleans Pelicans officially debuted their new name with a loss on Wednesday night, faltering in the second half against a tough Indiana Pacers team. Being that it was the start of the regular season, the Pelicans also unveiled their new mascot.

His name is Pierre, and he may give your children nightmares. Pierre looks like a combination between Big Bird and a circus clown. It’s not a good combination. Maybe he’ll grow on the fans.

If people were cracking jokes about the Pelicans’ team name when it was announced, I can only imagine what they will say about Pierre.

Photo: Twitter/New Orleans Pelicans

Reggie Miller takes shot at New Orleans Pelicans over Tyreke Evans offer

tyreke-evansFollowing his Rookie of the Year campaign during the 2009-2010 NBA season, former Memphis star Tyreke Evans has largely been a disappointment for the Sacramento Kings. Evans’ assists and points per game numbers have decreased steadily over the past three seasons, and Sacramento has not won more than 28 games in a season since drafting him with the fourth overall pick in 2009.

Despite his dipping production, the New Orleans Pelicans have reportedly offered Evans a four-year contract worth somewhere between $40 and $48 million. While Evans is only 23 and has plenty of basketball ahead of him, that number seems awfully steep. What does the legendary Reggie Miller think about it?

I think Evans’ legs are probably a little fresher than the 47-year-old Miller’s at this point, but you get the idea. Evans is a restricted free agent, meaning the Kings will have a chance to match any offer he receives. If New Orleans did in fact offer that type of money, Sacramento will have a difficult decision to make with a player the team has not had many great things to say about over the past few seasons.

Jrue Holiday traded to New Orleans Pelicans for Nerlens Noel

Jrue HolidayNerlens Noel falling in the 2013 NBA Draft to No. 6 overall instead of being selected No. 1 was already a big enough surprise, but what was even more shocking was seeing him get traded to the Philadelphia 76ers for Jrue Holiday.

According to Yahoo! Sports’ Adrian Wojnarowski, the Pelicans are getting Holiday and the No. 42 overall pick in the 2013 draft in exchange for Noel and a protected first-round pick in 2014.

The trade is an absolute stunner.

Holiday has steadily improved each season since being drafted by the Sixers in 2009. The 23-year-old averaged a career-high 17.7 points and 8 assists per game and was even a member of the Eastern Conference All-Star team last season. He helped the Sixers reach the playoffs twice, including a run to the Eastern Conference semis two seasons ago.

Holiday appeared to be a future franchise cornerstone for the Sixers, so it’s shocking to see them trade him so quickly. Maybe they figure this is his peak value.

“(Jrue) is shocked. He understands its as business as well. He’s OK. It is what it is. Something we didn’t expect,” Holiday’s agent Tony Dutt told Yahoo! Sports’ Marc J. Spears.

The Sixers also selected Syracuse PG Michael Carter-Williams No. 11 overall. He was an excellent defender in college and figures to be Philly’s new starting point guard as they overhaul the roster.

The Sixers made a bold move trading for Andrew Bynum last year. After that move blew up on them — Bynum never played a game because of multiple injuries — they decided to remake the entire team.

Kevin McHale unimpressed by the New Orleans Pelicans’ nickname (Video)

The New Orleans Hornets recently announced plans to change nicknames to the “Pelicans,” and they even unveiled the new team logo during the week. The pelican is the state bird for Louisiana, so the nickname has a lot more significance for New Orleans than the Hornets, which was the team’s nickname before moving to the Big Easy from Charlotte.

Though the pelicans nickname is a source of pride for some people from the area, it’s become a source of ridicule among outsiders who don’t find the bird to be very intimidating. Take Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale for instance. The former Boston Celtics legend had a few laughs at the expense of the new team nickname, even suggesting the motto, “watch out or we’ll dump on you.”

Watch McHale joke about the Pelicans nickname during his pregame press conference on Friday before the Rockets played the Hornets:

“Pelican’s like a big bird that hangs on your shoulder, isn’t it? I like hawks and eagles and stuff like that. Pelican’s not a bird of prey, is it?” asked McHale, who was clearly enjoying poking fun at the team.

It sure seems like most people have the same perception of a pelican and don’t realize how vicious they are. We don’t mind the nickname and actually think the organization did a nice job with the team logo:

new orleans pelicans logo

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