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Chad504boy
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Latoya Destroya and Pelicans placed strong bid to host NBA's return to play
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The New Orleans Pelicans were well on their way to making a push for the 2020 NBA playoffs when the COVID-19 pandemic brought a sudden halt to all sporting activities. In the NBA’s effort to salvage the season and resume play, the Pelicans and elected officials in New Orleans looked to throw an assist to all of the league’s teams. According to sources with the team and the local government, New Orleans executives, along with state and city officials, put in a diligent effort to present a very strong bid to act as one of the cities in a multiple-city campus/bubble plan.

An NBA Board of Governor’s conference call on Thursday settled most of the specifics. By the end of July, 22 of the league’s teams will descend on Orlando to finish the season and crown a champion. New Orleans executives had a significant voice in the room concerning the location and formatting logistics of the new schedule, not just on matters concerning Zion Williamson and the format.

Executives for the New Orleans Pelicans pushed hard for the New Orleans hosting idea. When I reached out to the New Orleans Saints and Pelicans Senior Vice President of Communications Greg Bensel about the story, he replied, “As the NBA looked to re-open, they did their due diligence and research on best potential in-market planning and what could cities and arenas pull off safely. So in many markets with city and state restrictions it was going to be impossible, hence the bubble concept” and the following New Orleans bid.


GoAwayImBaitn
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re: Latoya Destroya and Pelicans placed strong bid to host NBA's return to play
Wasn't Ghana happen


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NBA has their mind made up


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Hank Marducas
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re: Latoya Destroya and Pelicans placed strong bid to host NBA's return to play
Having multiple host cities, especially ours, would have been a disaster. I'm totally ok with what they agreed on.


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Would have been cool but idk how they would have done the bubble concept in nola. Having everyone on one campus made the most sense


tke_swamprat
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Basketball with mask would have been awesome!


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NOFOX
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re: Latoya Destroya and Pelicans placed strong bid to host NBA's return to play
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Having everyone on one campus made the most sense


Until they decided to let other people into the campus and let the workers come and go as they please.

NOLA could have gotten it done, but too many temptations for players to leave “campus“ and Disney pays the NBA fricktons of cash.


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Until they decided to let other people into the campus and let the workers come and go as they please.



The workers who are coming and going get tested whenever the re-enter the campus, don't interact with NBA personnel or players, and are going to be wearing proper PPE.

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NOLA could have gotten it done


Bro summer afternoon showers frick this place up


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re: Latoya Destroya and Pelicans placed strong bid to host NBA's return to play
Exactly. The players would have probably gotten bubonic plague instead somehow.


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lsupride87
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Bro summer afternoon showers frick this place up


Twice in the last two weeks I couldn’t get into my parking garage at Benson tower


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lionward2014
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re: Latoya Destroya and Pelicans placed strong bid to host NBA's return to play
I appreciate the effort by NOLA leadership, and it's good to see them be proactive for once, but Orlando is the perfect setup for this kind of thing. It would have been a cluster in the city.


LesGeaux45
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re: Latoya Destroya and Pelicans placed strong bid to host NBA's return to play
Kushner:

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Only this mayor would think a failed hosting bid is something worth bragging about.

Particularly after she spent the morning lecturing and threatening the citizens - again - about the dangers of crowds.

The entire series of messaging is bewildering.


lionward2014
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re: Latoya Destroya and Pelicans placed strong bid to host NBA's return to play
Kushner is tGOAT.


NOSHAU
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re: Latoya Destroya and Pelicans placed strong bid to host NBA's return to play
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Kushner is tGOAT.

While I agree with his sentiment, he has taken a nosedive. He seems to just be angry lately and does much more complaining than reporting.


bigpapamac
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re: Latoya Destroya and Pelicans placed strong bid to host NBA's return to play
I could be crazy but didn’t he get placed on furlough or even let go? Would account for the lack of reporting.


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lionward2014
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re: Latoya Destroya and Pelicans placed strong bid to host NBA's return to play
Well as a sports writer there isn't much to write about at the moment.


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