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David Griffin excited for healthy Pelicans lineup once season resumes


If ever the 2019-20 season resumes, New Orleans Pelicans executive vice president of basketball operations David Griffin is excited about his healthy squad.

Griffin joined the Pelicans podcast to discuss the latest on the young squad. According to Griffin, the team has learned how to integrate super rookie Zion Williamson into the system. He gave credit to Lonzo Ball, Brandon Ingram, and Jrue Holiday for making this possible.

“But for the most part I look at our season and I just see such constant growth, and that’s the thing that excites me the most is that as we’ve learned how to integrate Zion (Williamson) into the flow of the offense and as he’s gotten in better shape as he’s started to sort of find himself, the way we’re all working together and seamlessly working with a ball-dominant presence that good says an awful lot about Lonzo (Ball) and about Brandon Ingram and Jrue Holiday and what their mindset is. They’re about the right things and I think because of that we’ve been able to progress rather quickly.”

Griffin also seems confident that the 2019-20 season will resume at one point. As such, the executive hinted that the Pelicans will qualify into the postseason.

“So, it certainly makes you hope that when we do come back – and I believe that will happen – that we can pick up where we left off, because the image that we’ve created for ourselves of late is certainly the image we wanted fans to be left with. It’s what we wanted people to think of us as and we wanted to play meaningful games in March and April. Now, unfortunately, because of what’s happened in this horrific pandemic, I think we’ll probably end up playing meaningful games in June and July, and that’s okay too.”

Before the season was suspended due to the coronavirus, the Pelicans had a 28-36 record for 10th in the West — three and a half games behind the eighth spot. The team has been raising eyebrows for most of the year. Analysts have tagged them as a serious up and coming team.