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Bird Watch

Bird Watch — a New Orleans Pelicans podcast powered by NOLA.com. A weekly look at the team that says they'll never bend the knee with hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak.... Show More

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How does the NBA come back from its coronavirus hiatus? What does that look like? What are people gambling on without sports? Bird Watch host Jeff Nowak is joined by longtime business journalist John Brennan, who has spent more than three decades as a journalist, including eight seasons covering the Brooklyn Nets. He now covers the growth of the U.S. Betting industry for U.S. Bets and other publications.


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If it seems like we're going a bit stir-crazy ... that's because we are. Bird Watch hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak are joined by NOLA.com Pelicans columnist Scott Kushner to catch up after a week without NBA action but with a whole lot of social distancing.

We talk about the weirdest things we've done to stay busy, what to expect as the NBA appears on pause for possibly three months before diving into memories of ...

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The Coronavirus crisis hit hard this week, with some of the biggest shockwaves showing with the cancellation of many sporting events and even the suspension of the NBA's season. Bird Watch host Christian Clark calls in from Sacramento, where he was on scene to cover the Pelicans-Kings matchup before it was called last minutes. He chats Bird Watch co-host Jeff Nowak on how it all unfolded on Wednesday, and what to expect going f...

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Despite a rough week the Pelicans' playoff push is still alive, but there'll be a lot to consider before the postseason rolls around.

Concern over the spread of Coronavirus spurred some shifts for player access by the media. Bird Watch hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak discuss what that could foreshadow -- such as games closed to fans -- and what that might look like. 

Plus: More on Lonzo Ball's sweet shooting stroke ...






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There was no Anthony Davis this time around, but LeBron James showed the Pelicans that, even at 35, he's just as dominant as ever -- even when facing a Herculean effort from Zion Williamson. 

Bird Watch hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak are joined by NOLA.com deputy sports editor Reina Kempt to chat about what happened in the second Pels loss to the Lakers in a week and another career high for Zion Williamson. Also: A ticket ...



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Yes, the Lakers beat the Pelicans ... again. But what are the real takeaways from what could be a Round 1 playoff series if New Orleans can get all the way up the mountain in the Western Conference? Hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak talk Jrue on LeBron, Peanut Butter Melli time and more.

And after the break: Zion Williamson, or is it just mini-Shaq? The difference is about half a foot, but they have at least one big thing in com...

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The All-Star Game is officially in the past, but Zion Williamson and Brandon Ingram both hit the stage for some big moments. Host Christian Clark recaps the scene from frigid Chicago, where the Pelicans rookie met Barack Obama and then broke the hoop (sort of), joined by teammates in the Rising Stars game before Ingram took the floor for the main event. Then he and co-host Jeff Nowak set the table for the Pelicans' final 27 gam...

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Another day, another big Pelicans win and another monster performance from Zion Williamson. WDSU sports anchor/reporter Fletcher Mackel joins Bird Watch hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak this week to talk about that a blowout win over the Trail Blazers, plus a stroll down memory lane from the early days of New Orleans pro basketball, Chris Paul, David West, home games in Oklahoma City and a lot more (and at least one host thinks...

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With NBA trade buzz swirling around Jrue Holiday, Bird Watch hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak take a dive into what's realistic and what's not realistic for the Pelicans guard and several other players a day ahead of the trading deadline. 

We also take a look back on the clash of Zion Williamson and Giannis Antetokounmpo in last night's Pelicans-Bucks matchup, a few highlights to remember, some takeaways and how to a...

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Looking back at a somber day across the NBA as the Pelicans took the national stage for a game and paid tribute to the iconic Kobe Bryant, who died suddenly earlier in the day. Bird Watch hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak are joined by Saints and Pelicans broadcast coordinator Caroline Gonzalez to break down her role with the teams, talk more about those tributes, and the trio's memories of Kobe. In the second half of the ep...

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Zion Williamson's debut was ho-hum through three quarters, but a four-minute avalanche changed everything. That is ... until the minutes ran out. Bird Watch hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak go back through the No. 1 overall picks stunning debut at the Smoothie King Center that even featured an "MVP" chant, then another chant that rubbed one host the wrong way as a new Pelicans era finally took flight in New Orleans....

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The Zion Williamson era is -- almost -- ready to launch. Are you ready? The rumors of a Jazzy debut were just that, but the No. 1 overall is set to take the floor on Jan. 22. Bird Watch hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak are joined by NOLA.com columnist Rod Walker to dive into what Pelicans Executive Vice President David Griffin had to say about his youngest star, what to expect in a return and some expectations for the rest of t...

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In New Orleans, it's a day that ends in 'y' and a sports team had a game end with a bizarre no-call. The Pelicans became the latest to end a loss with an officiating gripe -- and some confusion overall. Hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak bread down what happened in the latest episode of Bird Watch, why Alvin Gentry and Co. had their hands tied and more from a disappointing, yet encouraging loss for the Pelicans.

We als...

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A winning streak? Can you believe your eyes? In Episode 6 of Bird Watch: A Pelicans podcast, hosts Christian Clark and Jeff Nowak explain why you SHOULD believe your eyes as you look at a Pelicans squad that's suddenly winning games -- and doing it with lockdown defense. We also dive into Lonzo Ball's big turnaround and the stats that show a big change in his game, and heaping more praise on Brandon Ingram as he continues h...

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The Pelicans FINALLY ended a long losing streak -- even if the winning ways didn't last long. But in this Christmas edition of Bird Watch, host Santa (Christian) Clark returns with NOLA.com sports producer Jeff Nowak to hand out some presents to several Pelicans players, and even one for Pierre the Pelican (looking at you, Scott Kushner). 

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