To be here today with the Pelicans having the 9th seed and in the play after the debacle that was Zion Williamson vs David Griffin to Zion's stepdad running amok like Godzilla to starting the season 7-20 going into December to all of the injuries, it's a blessing we are where we are today. And the biggest factor with the Pelicans being in the hunt for the playoffs is CJ McCollum.
The Pelicans haven't had a non-draft acquisition this big since the Boogie Cousins trade. I wouldn't count the Anthony Davis trade because that was something that had to happen. With Boogie and now CJ, these trades were a shock when they happened. This trade is huge for the Pelicans for multiple reasons.
Zion has been seen around New Orleans, and I'm here to tell you HE ISN'T OVERWEIGHT. Zion has been seen around New Orleans at high school basketball games, AAU basketball games, and in local stores. From all the pictures that have been released, we can clearly see that Zion isn't overweight and even looks better than he did at media day.
This summer for the Pelicans has been anything less than chaotic. From the firing of head coach Stan Van Gundy to losing Lonzo Ball to the David Griffin and Zion schism, and finally to the seemingly fine but weird media day from Zion life as a Pelicans fan has not been easy. One bright spot on this team has continuously been rookie and 17th pick Trey Murphy.
The New Orleans Saints and the New Orleans Pelicans are teaming up with the NFL Foundation to donate $500,000 to relief efforts for the victims of Hurricane Laura in Louisiana. Hurricane Laura was the most powerful storm to hit Louisiana in 100 years.