Media Day 2019 is now over, but the New Orleans Pelicans players and staff left us with some big takeaways at their kick-off training camp.
Each season, the first important day on the NBA League Calendar is media day, traditionally held by each club the day before their training camp starts. On Monday, the New Orleans Pelicans gave us a good portrait of how the organization feels headed into the 2019-2020 season.
Live from the Pelicans practice facility in Metairie, Louisiana, the organization’s members posed for pictures, tried on new jerseys, and spoke to the media.
What’s important at each media day is its role in allowing players to voice their feelings headed into the season; every player gets the chance to field questions.
This media day allowed a group that includes 12 brand-new New Orleans Pelicans players to talk about the changes they’ve seen headed into the 2019-2020 campaign. While bigger-name players end up speaking longer than guys in the rotation, they’re all given a voice.
Always important to fans is to hear their team is on the same page, at the very least, and this Pelicans squad seems to generally like each other’s company.
The future in NOLA.
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) September 30, 2019
We already knew that the team would be rolling out their “Won’t Bow Down” tag and that the new Vice President of Player Care and Performance Aaron Nelson has refurbished the entire Pelicans training room. In some ways, the team was already speaking out about their interest in developing a new culture around this new roster.
Despite any inherent protection of details other teams might try to steal to get a leg up on the Pelicans, the team seemed candid and confident, many of the players seeming comfortable in front of the microphone.
Overall, it was a very interesting afternoon for the New Orleans Pelicans. There was a lot to learn about the reconstructed roster, but here are a few of the most important things fans learned about their team on Monday afternoon.