Luke Babbitt was one of the international success stories that the New Orleans Pelicans found this season. In the links the Lottery Mafia take a look at how they did it. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Daily Debriefings: The Long Hot Busy New Orleans Summer

Well here we are. No basketball that counts for anything until the FIBA World Cup starts in late August then another wait for a little over a month after that ends. But there is plenty to do until then, especially for the New Orleans Pelicans. First the draft is rapidly approaching and news on that is coming in waves. Then free agency and summer league come after that, meaning things should stay fairly busy for the next few weeks. Here are the links for today:

More Diaw: Jonathan Abrams and Boris Diaw? Of course I am going to link to that. 

Jesus Walks…Away? Ray Allen is my favorite player of all time and the reason I became an NBA fan. So seeing him say this when talking about retirement is pretty sad: 

“I’ve had a great career, I’m content with what I’ve done,” Allen said. “It’s hard to think past this moment. In the next couple of days I’ll think about it and see where my true heart lies.”

The  Spurs Greatest Test: Remember the Mavs taking the Spurs to seven games in the first round? Bobby Karalla looked at just how they did it:

In terms of matchups, Dallas turned out to be the type of team that gave the Spurs fits, especially on the offensive end. The Mavericks as a team posted a 106.8 offensive rating against San Antonio, meaning the Mavs scored 106.8 points per 100 possessions in the series. For the rest of the playoffs, including against two efficient offensive juggernauts in Portland and Miami, San Antonio allowed just 98.6 points per 100 — a mark that would have led the league this season.

International Pelicans: The New Orleans Pelicans found great success in the international market last year. The Lottery Mafia guys took a look at how they did it.

Coach Speak: Derek Fisher may be a first time head coach but he is already good at saying what a coach should, like the Knicks can win 8-10 more games next year.  

Mock Talk: The New Orleans Pelicans want to trade back into the NBA Draft so here is Gary Parish’s most recent mock draft. 

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