From "dumpster fire" to "circus," the Pelicans are making progress.
New Orleans coach Alvin Gentry, via Andrew Lopez of ESPN:
Gentry is right. The game has already been moved to national television, and a wide audience is eager to see Williamson. Better to embrace the magnitude of this game rather than pretending there isn't more attention. The Pelicans should be prepared for the chaos.
With his his size, athleticism and skill, Williamson is such a distinctive player. That presents challenges in determining how to use him and which players fit best with him. The Pelicans have missed a lot of valuable time to make those assessments. It's on Gentry to hit the ground running with those decisions, even amid all the surrounding spectacle.