A few weeks ago, I made the mistake of talking to a friend of mine who was looking for a new job.
He had already applied to dozens of other jobs over the past few years, but his main priority was finding a job that would give him the flexibility to pursue his passion.
He wanted to pursue something he called the ‘big idea’, which is to build an NFL team with the NFL’s New Orleans Saints.
The problem was that his dream job was in Dallas, so the Saints were out of the picture.
He knew that the Dallas market was pretty competitive, and that he had some work to do to get his dream gig.
His only other option was to relocate to Atlanta, but it was too far away.
“The Atlanta market is pretty expensive, too,” he said.
“It’s a little more expensive than Dallas.”
He wanted the opportunity to play in Atlanta, so he started looking for the perfect fit.
I was surprised by the fact that I had never heard of the New Orleans Pelicans, a team that he hadn’t heard of before.
I figured that it must be a terrible fit, because I thought that he could probably get hired in Dallas.
My friend was right.
He was able to land a gig as an assistant coach, and he and his girlfriend were able to move into their new apartment in mid-April.
This was the first time I had seen the city of New Orleans since he left, and it was a beautiful place.
It was the only place I had ever heard of New Orleanians, and I was just glad to be living here.
I quickly learned that the Pelicans are not as big as they might seem.
The Pelicans were one of the most successful franchises in the league during the ’90s and ’00s, winning four championships and a pair of conference titles.
In the late ’90-early 2000s, New Orleans was known for having one of America’s most prolific offensive offenses, one of NBA history’s greatest defensive lines, and one of NFL history’s best defenses.
The team had the best player in NBA history, Anthony Davis, a former All-Star who was a franchise MVP.
The roster was loaded with stars, including Shaquille O’Neal, Manu Ginobili, Michael Jordan, and Kevin Garnett.
There was no shortage of talent on the roster, and there were no big-name free agents to worry about.
New Orleans also had a deep bench, which was why the team was able at times to build around its best players.
There were also plenty of talented young players that were still in college, and they could develop as rookies.
I wasn’t surprised when New Orleans finished in the top 10 in points allowed per possession and allowed opponents to score 105 points per 100 possessions, but I was shocked when it also finished in last place in defensive efficiency, allowing opponents to shoot 49.6 percent from the field.
New York Knicks fans have been calling for the team to move to Brooklyn since the 2017-18 season, and New Orleans made a big push to make it happen.
When the team decided to move, New York was a top contender for the championship.
In 2019, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a new lease on life for the franchise, and the Pelicans won a championship in 2021.
Since then, the team has fallen off a cliff.
The Knicks won the NBA Finals last year and were a perfect 7-0 this season, but the team still had to play the Warriors in the NBA Championship Game because they were outscored by 20 points.
There has been a lot of speculation surrounding New Orleans moving to Brooklyn, but with the Knicks not making it to the postseason in 20 years, there’s little hope for it.
New Orleans Pelicans owner Tom Benson has expressed his desire to keep New Orleans as a NBA franchise, but that doesn’t mean the team can’t compete in the same league as the Dallas Mavericks.
New Yorkers love the Mavericks, and so does the team’s fans.
Newell Lewis, owner of the Pelicans, has said that he’s excited to get the team back to the playoffs, and if he can get a franchise in New York, it will be a big boost for the city.
“I think the Pelicans have a chance to be in the championship picture in the right environment,” Lewis told reporters last week.
“We have a team here that is very, very talented, and hopefully that’s where we’re headed.
The city and the fans love this franchise, so if we can bring them back, we’re in a good place.”
In the end, the New York Times called New Orleans a “slim job” for a franchise that had an NBA franchise for almost 30 years.
Newels owner Benson said that the team is doing well financially, but he has no plans to move the team.
I don’t think it’s possible for New Orleans to get a team, and even if they do, it’s unlikely that they will