For Pelicans, rising expectations a good thing

Anthony Davis has a groin injury.

More than 6,500 fans showed up for a free New Orleans Pelicans practice over the weekend, showing that expectations are fairly high for the team this season, wrote Rod Walker of the New Orleans Advocate.

The Pelicans added DeMarcus Cousins to Anthony Davis in the frontcourt late last season, then re-signed guard Jrue Holiday and landed Rajon Rondo in free agency over the summer.

“Because of the foursome, the expectations are higher than normal, which is why so many fans gobbled up the free tickets to Saturday’s open practice,” Walker wrote.

The turnout didn’t go unnoticed by the players.

“Just to see our fans come out there and support us before the season even starts shows us how pumped up and excited they are and it’s only going to make us want to come out there and work harder,” guard E’Twaun Moore said, via Walker.

The Pelicans finished 34-48 last season, seven games out of the final playoff spot. Things will likely be even tougher in the West this season, as non-playoff teams such as the Minnesota Timberwolves and Denver Nuggets also bolstered their rosters.

But this is a time to believe in good things, and clearly, the Pelicans and their fans are taking advantage of it.